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What’s in a (school) name?

Grandville — Have you ever wanted to name a school? Grandville Public Schools could make your dream come true.

The district is inviting the community to submit name suggestions for its former middle school, and future fifth- and sixth-grade building, at 3535 Wilson Ave. SW. The deadline for submissions is this Friday, Sept. 8. Student suggestions are welcome, or a teacher can also submit a name on behalf of their class.

The building is empty of students this year as the district works to transform the space into a school tailored to suit fifth- and sixth-grade education; it is set to reopen with its new name in August 2024. Grandville’s new middle school building opened last month after several years of construction. 

A planning committee composed of teachers, administrators and community representatives will review all name suggestions for the renovated school. 

“We believe that the name of the building should reflect the heart and soul of our school community,” the committee wrote in its invitation for submissions. “With your help, we can create a name that resonates with generations of students to come.”

The committee will narrow entries to the top five before announcing the final selection, and the name of the person who suggested it, to the community.

To learn more or to enter a school name in the contest, visit the district’s website by Sept. 8. 

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Beth Heinen Bell
Beth Heinen Bell
Beth Heinen Bell is associate editor, reporter and copy editor. She is an award-winning journalist who got her professional start as the education reporter for the Grand Haven Tribune. A Calvin University graduate and proud former Chimes editor, she later returned to Calvin to help manage its national writing festival. Beth has also written for The Grand Rapids Press and several West Michigan businesses and nonprofits. She is fascinated by the nuances of language, loves to travel and has strong feelings about the Oxford comma. Read Beth's full bio


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