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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.

Retooled for school

The main objective was to move fifth-graders out of middle school, but administrators say there have been benefits at all grade levels...

Lessons for STEAM-Y Days

Need simple, open-ended ideas to keep children entertained and engaged this summer? Sarah Wood, technology and media integration specialist for Godfrey-Lee Public Schools, has got you covered...

Persistence, sensitivity, connection improve attendance, district finds

A team approach helped Lee Middle School drastically reduce chronic absenteeism this school year...

A pretty flippin’ cool assignment

Students tested their real-estate savvy and practiced their algebra skills, too. A local Realtor gave students a crash course before they started...

An asset, not a burden

A grant is training teachers to better serve and appreciate students who are learning English...

After gaining work experience, students sign contracts with area employers

High school seniors sport caps and sign contracts -- but it’s not what you think: these students are landing jobs...

To cap it off

Before donning caps and gowns, Lee High School seniors faced one final test: the capstone exhibition...

The Biology Chronicles

An entire year of science curriculum fits handily into three stories...

‘Your worst situation … can make you the best person that you can be’

Self-reliant since early childhood, Tiana Studebaker’s path to graduation was filled with instability. At commencement, she tipped her hat to her alternative school classmates for their perseverance...

Feeling the burn & ready to learn

Kelloggsville elementary students find a morning workout improves concentration in the classroom...

Step aside, Katniss, it’s archery time

Volunteers visited the school to teach students about the history, craftsmanship, mechanics -- and safety, of course -- of the time-honored device known as the longbow...

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'...
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