Multiple districts – For three local school districts, Wednesday, June 8 was a special day for students to make memories and have fun. Forest Hills, Grand Rapids and Sparta were the last of Kent County’s 20 public school districts to close their doors for the summer.
School News Network sent reporters to schools in all three districts to capture memorable moments of an occasion forever treasured by students: the last day of school.
Forest Hills Public Schools
Photos by Dianne Carroll Burdick
At Forest Hills Northern Middle School, students showed off their many talents in a variety show, including music, dance and drawing, then went outside and flexed their mighty muscles in tugs-of-war.
Grand Rapids Public Schools
Photos by Charles Honey
At Shawmut Hills School, Stephanie Nielsen’s kindergartners sang their “morning song” one last time and shared their plans for the summer. They then gathered outside with the whole PK-8 school for the lowering of the flag, just as they had done on the first day of school for its raising.
Sparta Area Schools
Photos by Abigail Ham
At Appleview Elementary School in Sparta, fifth-graders paraded through the hallways while fellow students and teachers applauded and high-fived them in honor of their graduation to middle school next fall.
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.