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Goal! Soccer camp exceeds expectations

Recognizing that the number one activity most of the North Godwin students like to do during recess is play soccer, staff organized a one-week soccer camp.

“We have a great soccer program here,” said fifth-grade teacher Matt Jen, who helped organize the event. “However, we don’t have much in the way of organized sports at the elementary level and the students have not had the opportunity to be coached in how to play.”

The interest was there as organizers hoped for 75 and more than 140 students signed up for the program. Daily averages for the five-day program were always more than a 100. 

Made up of 15 volunteers that included staff, middle and high school students, family and friends, students learned skills in dribbling, passing and shooting, and controlling the ball. There were also scrimmage matches.

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North Godwin teacher Matt Jen, who helped organize the soccer camp, talks to the students before camp gets started
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Joanne Bailey-Boorsma
Joanne Bailey-Boorsma
Joanne Bailey-Boorsma is a reporter covering Kent ISD, Godwin Heights, Kelloggsville, Forest Hills and Comstock Park. The salutatorian for the Hartland Public Schools class of 1985, she changed her colors from blue and maize to green and white by attending Michigan State University, where she majored in journalism. Joanne moved to the Grand Rapids area in 1989, where she started her journalism career at the Advance Newspapers. She later became the editor for On-the-Town magazine, a local arts and entertainment publication. Her eldest daughter is a nurse, working in Holland, and her youngest attends Oakland University. Both are graduates from Byron Center High School. She is a volunteer for the Van Singel Fine Arts Advisory Board and the Kent District Library. In her free time, Joanne enjoys spending time with her family, checking out local theater and keeping up with all the exchange students they have hosted through the years. Read Joanne's full bio


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