Kent County — Hundreds of teachers have received an average of $750 in school supplies thanks to nonprofit The StoreHouse, 4411 Plainfield Ave. NE in Grand Rapids, which runs a resource store for teachers.
Started by Jessica Johns, a former teacher, membership is available to schools that have 70% or more students qualified to receive free or reduced lunch. Full-time teaching staff members at schools can shop for classroom products once a school year. In addition, school administrators gain access to bulk building-related supplies.
Dianne Carroll Burdick has worked as a photojournalist in the West Michigan area since 1991. A graduate of Western Michigan University, she has photographed for The Grand Rapids Press, USA Today, Sports Illustrated, Detroit Free Press, Advance Newspapers, Grand Rapids Magazine, BLUE Magazine and On-the-Town Magazine. She has been covering the many exciting and thought provoking stories of K-12 public education for School News Network since 2016.
School News Network reports on the 20 public school districts in Kent County, which enroll more than 90,000 students. Founded in 2013, we are an editorially independent news site funded by Kent ISD, local districts and community sponsors, and powered by an experienced team of reporters, editors and photojournalists. We specialize in covering classroom teaching and learning, analyzing the many issues that enhance or discourage student success, and highlighting the education magic that happens each day in our public schools.