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Charles Honey is a freelance writer and former columnist for The Grand Rapids Press/ MLive.com. As a reporter for The Press from 1985 to 2009, his beats included Grand Rapids Public Schools, local colleges and education issues. Honey served as editor of The Press’ award-winning Religion section for 15 years. His freelance articles have appeared in Christianity Today magazine and the Aquinas College alumni magazine. Read Charles' full bio.

Running the good race, from refugee camp to top student-athlete

Jama Jafari Jama has been through rough times, but he says nothing will stop him in the long journey now before him, starting with a scholarship at Aquinas College...

Students plan, plant rain garden to help protect Rum Creek

Shortly before school let out, 150 students planted 2,000 native plants in a depression to collect stormwater runoff from roofs, sidewalks and parking lots that can carry pollutants into the creek...

Fringe benefits of top test scores: bagels and the principal’s desk

Three Central Elementary pupils got a taste of what academic achievement can bring, when they were treated to breakfast at Panera Bread by their principals...

Hopes, Dreams and Here We Go

To help seniors prepare for “life’s next step,” Northview’s English 12 classes teach students employability skills such as résumés, job interviews and public speaking...

At Beyond the Rock, students learn to love telling stories, and it shows

The students of Beyond the Rock, Rockford’s television and film production program, consistently pull down top state awards for their work...

Seniors share school experience, future plans before heading off

From résumés and influential books to college and career plans, seniors share their school experiences and future aspirations in this annual capstone of English 12 classes...

How learning works here: teachers do less, students more

It’s all part of Gradual Release of Responsibility, an instruction method designed to gradually turn over more work on learning from the teacher to the student...

Community mentors help eighth-graders cope with stress, handle classes and think about college

Encouraging students to think ahead, while also supporting them in their day-to-day struggles, is at the root of the mentoring program Westwood Middle School launched this school year...

From recycling to running to laminating, this mom pretty much does it all

Mandy Mynhier is integrally involved in her two daughters’ schools, including incorporating environmentally friendly practices...

Students show speaking skills at state forensics finals

These City High School students competed in the state forensics competition at Oakland Community College, winning two individual trophies and finishing seventh overall in their category...

Haunting photo of ‘classy’ young woman takes top prize in Congressional competition

Nick Ensing’s photo “Classy,” taken of his good friend Mariah Jennings, was named grand prize winner and will hang in the U.S. Capitol for a year

Museum high school taking shape in historic building

Construction is due to be completed by Aug. 1 on the high school, which will turn the historic building on Jefferson into a state-of-the-art school for students learning from their surroundings and applying knowledge to solutions...

The art of using talent to do good

Jen Rykse’s second-grade art class created boldly colored pictures of women carrying water baskets on their heads, which they will sell to family and friends to help African families have access to clean wells...

Young adult students put best feet forward to help disease research

Students in two Community Transition Campus classes recently raised $440 for disease research in the fourth annual Consumers Credit Union Purple Community 5K run/walk...

A great way to study the Great Lakes: onboard a floating classroom

If you’re going to study Great Lakes water quality and aquatic life forms, what better way than onboard a ship on Lake Michigan? Teacher Amanda Glass’ fourth-graders spent half a day studying pH levels in the water, identifying creatures in sediment, and learning about invasive species...

Students’ film traces history, influence of Grand Rapids’ African-American music scene

A student-produced film on the history of black musicians in Grand Rapids will be shown Thursday, May 10 at Celebration Cinema North, as well as on Xfinity On Demand cable TV beginning the same day...
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Running the good race, from refugee camp to top student-athlete

Jama Jafari Jama has been through rough times, but he says nothing will stop him in the long journey now before him, starting with a scholarship at Aquinas College...

Students plan, plant rain garden to help protect Rum Creek

Shortly before school let out, 150 students planted 2,000 native plants in a depression to collect stormwater runoff from roofs, sidewalks and parking lots that can carry pollutants into the creek...

Fringe benefits of top test scores: bagels and the principal’s desk

Three Central Elementary pupils got a taste of what academic achievement can bring, when they were treated to breakfast at Panera Bread by their principals...
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