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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.

‘There’s no replacing Milton’

This student went from principal’s office regular to class leader and role model...

‘This was so good for our souls!’

After 11 weeks of staying home, 'flattening the curve' and distance learning, students got to see the staff and teachers in person, from a safe distance, on the last day of school...

‘Doing better’ in the classroom — conventional or virtual

Fourth grade teacher Kelly Compher has adapted her teaching skills and emphasis on equity from the traditional classroom to Google Classroom...

The show might go on

Months of preparation and rehearsal suddenly seem for naught as school plays and musicals are postponed...

Voters on May 5 to decide no-increase $13.9 million bond request

Absentee ballot applications will be mailed to all voters in an attempt to encourage absentee voting...

A look in the mirror cues self-expression

Annalise Hammerlund, an artist-in-residence, visits a middle school classroom each week to lead students in an art lesson that challenges them to learn a bit more about themselves...

Education, at home, in the time of COVID-19

With kids home from school and the future unclear, a family game of Monopoly, video chats with loved ones and bike riding help calm the anxiety...

Science lesson reveals toxic effect of radium on female workers

Sophomores at Godwin Heights High School recently discovered for themselves how the radium in paint used at a 1900s company left a legacy of illness and death in its wake...

Getting real

Students got a simulated experience that included a budget (complete with educational loan debt) based on their intended career path...

Model behavior? Let’s discuss that

Students use a chart to help them choose their own consequences for inappropriate behavior...

The power of the pen

A writing assignment yielded some meaningful outcomes for fourth graders in Kelly Compher’s class at North Godwin Elementary...

A case study

The experimentation involved dropping, crushing and trying to understand the effects of forces on different objects...

Barbie can bungee

Students apply their math skills to send dolls on a high-flying adventure...

Making change, learning leadership

A middle school girls’ group builds leadership while focusing on social justice...

Budding poets find their voices

When Betsy Berry began a month-long poetry unit this fall, she never imagined that a single poem would spark a newfound passion for poetry in her eighth graders...

Words matter

Last year’s annual climate and culture survey revealed that bullying and name calling were affecting a significant number of students at the school...
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