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KSSN puts out wish list

Kent ISD —Hayley Strickland’s wish list for kindergarten through fifth-grade students at Kentwood’s Challenge Elementary building includes gloves and mittens.

Strickland is one of 45 Kent School Services Network coordinators who have put together a wish list of items for the students and families they serve in Kent County. KSSN serves 44 schools across seven districts. 

Some of the items on the list are school supplies, winter outerwear such as gloves and snow pants, Rapid Wave cards, car booster seats, fidget items, board games, backpacks and more. 

Anyone wishing to donate items is asked to email info@kssn.org. Donors may specify that items go to a certain grade level or school. KSSN staff will also pick up donations, if needed.

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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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