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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.

Students make friends by way of pen

A teacher and her former teacher are connecting their classrooms through letters...

A boon for books

A $30,000 challenge grant from the Guido A. and Elizabeth H. Binda Foundation funded the new books. The foundation put up $15,000 and the district raised an additional $15,000, thanks to several anonymous donors...

Bond requests pass in Rockford, Lowell; maintenance levy fails in Sparta

Six districts passed requests, ranging from non-homestead millages to major bond proposals for new and revamped buildings...

Young mom surpasses expectations to get to graduation day

Ahnaka Ortiz-Rodriguez started high school while pregnant and will graduate on time, with honors and an upward trajectory-- toddler in tow...

Oh say, did you see?

Choir’s banner year ends with a public performance of 'The Star-Spangled Banner'...

‘It was the right job for me — always has been’

In Cindy Prentler’s second grade classroom, books inspire, teach, and beautify the space...

Of painters and putters

A middle school art teacher puts pizzazz into an art history unit by pairing it with an unlikely sport...

Saying ‘yes’ to the prom dress

Why not share the often single-wear items? A Kelloggsville teacher created a pop-up boutique that lets students shop for free formal wear...
(Courtesy Photo) Teachers and staff assemble before heading out to visit the homes of children who will be kindergarten age this fall

Kindergarten Karavan connects with incoming students

Every fall, a new group of kindergartners --  some excited, some teary -- heads to school for their first day of what should be a 13-year foray into formal education. Inevitably, a few are missing: Perhaps their families didn’t...

Better together: high schoolers and second-graders tackle Plaster Creek

High school students partner with second-graders to learn about the waterway outside their doors...

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...
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