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Adrian Hirsch has been with SNN since its launch, starting as an intern from Grand Valley State University where he received a degree in broadcasting and business. After the internship, Adrian was brought on as staff to continue reporting, editing and publishing stories for SNN and Kent ISD. Adrian has been active with community radio station WYCE for years, served as Non-Profit Coordinator for GRTV, and currently works as the Web Producer for SNN.

Teachers Foster Student, Community Interaction

Planting native trees, creating a butterfly garden, and singing with seniors are just a few of the ways students at Sparta Area School's Appleview Elementary are engaging with their community throughout the year. Teachers Sue Blackall, Kevin Shuneson and Larry...

Tech Center Students Honored as State Officers

Kudos to three Kent Career Tech Center students selected as SkillsUSA State Officers.  As State Officers they are required to speak publically about SkillsUSA at several functions, train future officers, and help organize SkillsUSA events. Kelloggsville High School senior Luis...

Students Adopt #myparty2014 Platforms to Persuade Politicians

At the height of election season, students in Kent Innovation High's  Civics and American Studies classes presented political campaigns to educators, politicians, and peers, who voted for the team to compete with parties from other New Tech Network schools....

Students get Close-Up with Native American Artifacts

Hands shot up as Sparta Community Schools fifth grade teacher Larry Carter asked 100 students what they liked to collect. “Marbles,” “Seashells,” “Shark’s teeth,” “Stones,” “Mainly Everything,” were some of the excited responses. None of them mentioned items such as umbilical...

“Techies” Convene to Share Tricks at EdTech Rally, Learn from Each Other

Technology specialists from districts across the region recently spent a day together at Kent ISD for workshops and picking each other’s brain to find out how technology is benefiting instruction in their district. The event, which is the first of...

Information Technology Systems Increase Schools Effectiveness

Handwritten forms, spelling errors, manual entry, permission for access, even lost information. These are some of the issues that plagued old special education record-keeping methods. Now many of these issues have been eliminated with the use of the information...

Great Response to Watch D.O.G.S.

The Sparta Area Schools Watch D.O.G.S. organizers thought they would need about 30 pizzas to entice participation in the program. Instead, fathers, grandpas and stepdads joined crowded into the Sparta Area School's Appleview Elementary cafeteria, demolishing 72 pizzas while signing up...

Parents Celebrate Son’s Life through Giv

It had been several years after losing their son, Mason John, unexpectedly. Parents Nicole and Ryan Kober decided it was time to host a community fundraising event in his memory. Initially conceived as a humble get together for family...

Students Prove Skills at State and National Competitions

Kent Career Tech Center students proved they're ahead of the curve by placing high in a variety of educational and skill based competitions during the 2013-14 school year. Students excelled in the Future Health Professionals' HOSA competition for health sciences, the...

Maranda Visits Kent Area Grads With Grit

This spring, School News Network focused on a number of students who graduated despite unusually difficult circumstances and hardships. School News Netwrok has partnered with "Maranda - Where You Live" to bring these students' stories to life. CONNECT Grads with Grit...

Maranda Welcomes Area Teachers for Back-to-School Advice

WOTV4's Maranda Where You Live program recently invited four teachers from Kent ISD schools to discuss their favorite things about being a teacher and advice to parents on how they can prepare their children to get the most out...

Playtime for Children becomes Learning for Students

Rubber mats, bouncy balls and sing along songs are part of the experience for students enrolled in the new Childcare program at Kent Transitional Center (KTC). Because of a partnership between KTC and Kent ISD’s Early On and Bright...

Students Lead “Be Nice” Lessons

“Are we doing Be Nice today?,” students asked eagerly as they took their seats in Kelli Jurek’s 8th grade seminar class. Many of them were clearly excited to have their peers leading that morning’s interactive session. Sparta Middle School...

Tech Center Students Awarded Breaking Traditions Recognition

Rockford High School student Sydney Bogard, who recently graduated from the Tech Center's Criminal Justice program, was one of 22 Michigan students recently honored with the Michigan Breaking Traditions Merit Award. The award is given to students enrolled in...

Stomp Out Stigma Walk Sees Record Attendance

It may have been chilly, but 1,500 students, community, and organization members started at GVSU's Pew campus for a brisk 5k Saturday morning walk to "Stomp Out Stigma". The walk is a benefit for the Live Laugh Love: Educating...

Historical Walking Tour Turns Whole Community into a Museum

"Let's try to make him laugh" giggled a crowd of Sparta's Appleview Elementary fifth-graders as they huddled around the "Live Statue," who today was posing as Johnathan Nash, who helped get Sparta Township going in 1846. It didn't work....
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