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Bridie Bereza

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Bridie Bereza hails from Lansing and has worked in the Grand Rapids area as a reporter, freelance writer, and communicator since graduating from Aquinas College in 2003. She feels privileged to cover West Michigan's public schools and hopes to shed a little light on the amazing things happening there through her reporting. Read Bridie's full bio.

Teens on the screen

This year’s festival featured 23 short films, chosen from among 43 entries. Films varied from thrillers to a claymation documentary about the environment...

School’s out, Spanish is in

The district, with help from the Steelcase Foundation, is piloting a language program after school to improve fluency in students who are 'heritage learners'...

Grieving together helps students cope with loss

Bereaved students are benefiting from a peer support program that meets them where they’re at -- school...

Free to ReadGR

After one year of operation, the program has provided more than 10,000 free books to more than 3,500 students in 10 elementary schools, picking up where a defunded program left off...

District to phase out ‘Lee Rebels’ and introduce new name & mascot

The Board of Education on Monday voted unanimously in favor of the measure, following months of input from students, alumni, staff and community members...

The writing on the wall

School shifts from covering up graffiti to creating murals in bathrooms...

Schools and agencies improvise to feed snowbound students during polar vortex

A collection of school and social improvised to keep kids and families fed last week when the Polar Vortex resulted in five days of school closings. Kids who were used to getting their meals at school were in danger of going hungry, according to local school administrators...

Student tutors help peers stay on track

It helps struggling students make up ground, and is an opportunity for tutors to work on interpersonal skills and make use of their knowledge in a variety of subjects...

K-3 students earn real rewards for reading every day

A countywide library program entices students to read more, in response to a looming challenge: implementation of the third grade reading law...

The little robotics team that could gets a helping hand, from humans

The Lee High School robotics team received a $3,000 boost ahead of the upcoming competition season...

Big plant, little plant

Fifth-graders visited a clean water plant. Then, a miniature version visited them...

Can fourth-graders teach a robot to brush its teeth?

The day of code was planned in tandem with the worldwide Hour of Code, an annual event designed to introduce students to coding and broaden interest in computer science...

Homes for the Holidays

School staff visited students throughout the district and beyond for the first-ever holiday home visit initiative...

The measure of a mentor

The district has partnered with a local nonprofit to implement a formal, measurable program between students in the district...
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