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Alexis Stark

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Alexis Stark is a reporter, covering Caledonia, Kenowa Hills, Godfrey-Lee, Grand Rapids and is a roving reporter for GRCC, Wyoming, Kentwood and Byron Center. She grew up in metro Detroit and her journalism journey brought her west to Grand Rapids via Michigan State University where she covered features and campus news for The State News. She also co-authored three 100-question guides to increase understanding and awareness of various human identities, through the MSU School of Journalism. Following graduation, she worked as a beat reporter for The Ann Arbor News - covering stories on education, community, prison arts and poetry.  Following a stint as a copywriter for a Grand Rapids area PR firm, she transitioned from communications to freelance writing and reporting for SNN.  Read Alexis' full bio

Students pair up to overcome challenges

When the COVID-19 pandemic closed some doors, a window opened to a new partnership between Grand Rapids Community College’s Occupational Therapy Assistant students and college-aged adults diagnosed with intellectual disabilities...

Sensory splendor

Dutton teachers worked together to prepare lessons with creative twists to accomodate the needs of the kids while following the safety requirements for the 2020 back-to-school plan...

Foundation funds math curriculum, mental health coordinator

The Caledonia Education Foundation recently awarded the district a $75,000 grant to pay for a new math curriculum and to free up dollars to add a new position to serve students’ mental, social and emotional health needs...

‘We’re educators; we always make it work’

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Leaving a greener footprint

Thanks to three years of work by devoted students, Crestwood Middle School earned the Evergreen School Environmental Stewardship Designation from Michigan Green Schools...
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