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Bridie Bereza

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.

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...

6Cs and project-based learning gain international attention

Classes at Lee Middle and High School will be featured in an upcoming documentary in South Korea...

Nurturing a love of nature

A middle school’s extracurricular club aims to get students outdoors and in-the-know about the environment...

Tuesdays with more reads

The district will get increased access to books with weekly visits from the Bookmobile. In other areas its biweekly schedule alternates between schools, community centers and underserved communities...

On fire for choir

When one elementary music teacher had a little extra time in her schedule, she knew there was only one thing to do: start a school choir...

Never too late to graduate

Thanks to some help from an adult education program and district staff, Ken Olson recently received his diploma -- at the age of 85...

Social skills, life skills & job skills, one beverage at a time

The cart is a new service that seems like a simple enough undertaking. But for the four students who operate the cart, it’s providing valuable lessons that will transfer to other avenues in life...

Celebrating uniqueness

In an effort to spark pride in their students, two teachers have created a three-month project that challenges students to explore the question: “Who AM I?”...

In mixed millage results, approvals for five districts but setback for one

While five local school districts won tax request approvals from voters, a defeat in Caledonia will cost the district more than $150,000 in revenue...

Want your voice heard? Then register to vote, teacher tells students

A Godwin Heights High School teacher makes it her mission to register eligible voters...

Coach’s story goes beyond playbooks, is one for history books

Tom DeGennaro said that while Retired Zeeland Athletic Director Stan Jesky’s 52 years of coaching experience are worth noting, it’s his life story -- starting with birth -- that needs to be shared...

Local companies find solutions in high school seniors while they explore careers

Seniors get a head start on careers in a program offering school credit – and a wage – for work experience...

Walkathon delivers peer connections, outside experiences

Last year’s event raised $2,100, which paid for a monthly student experience at Pine Grove, ranging from a mobile zoo exhibit to the antics of local author and puppeteer Kevin Kammeraad...
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