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Immersed in learning

Multiple Districts — Space, the Civil War, animals, nature and fashion were among the topics students immersed themselves in at Grand Rapids Public Museum.

Students from across Kent County recently presented an Education Showcase of learning that resulted from their participation in Immerse, an education program offered by the museum and other K-12 partnerships this school year. 

Lisa McKay, a teacher at Kent City Elementary in Kent City Community Schools, listens to a presentation from Rockford Public Schools’ Roguewood Elementary fifth-grader Nora Zoladz


Grand Rapids Public Schools East Leonard Elementary fifth-grader Crystina Berry, left, and teacher Linda Whitley show ‘The Purple Room,’ Crystina’s handmade box based on a story about a girl going to a prom


Kentwood Public Schools Explorer Elementary fourth-graders Isaac Konynenbelt, left, and Amelia Peterson show their ‘Go Fishy Fish’ project as Isaac holds a river box of fish and Amelia snags a perch
Students interact during the Education Showcase


Teacher Michelle Holliday and students from Grand Rapids Montessori, in Grand Rapids Public Schools, participate in the showcase


Rockford Public Schools Crestwood Elementary fifth-grader Hailey Holt shows her project on Finny the Whale

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Dianne Carroll Burdick
Dianne Carroll Burdick
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.


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