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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, Religion News Service and the Aquinas College alumni magazine. Read Charles' full bio.

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...

Let’s review center-based special education programs, say superintendents

A study will bring in an outside consultant to evaluate whether GRPS center-based programs are providing best practices compared with other districts in Michigan and beyond...

Students learn history, see possibilities on tour of historically black colleges

The tour of HBCUs in Tennessee, Alabama and Florida was a key component of a plan to revive Ottawa with a revamped program and $17 million in renovations...

Director takes joy in teaching student musicians, ‘to see what they can do and...

Band director Greg Wells grew up as part of Northview’s proud tradition, in a family of music educators, and feels honored to carry it on

Reading on the bus makes the journey so much better

A new program begun this semester gives Rockford students a fun and relaxing way to occupy themselves on their rides between school and home

Want to build cars someday? OK, let’s start with algorithms

Students in Paige Carleton’s classroom at Alpine Elementary School learned the first steps in a new effort this semester to reach all Kenowa Hills elementary students with STEM: science, technology, engineering and math

Statewide reading decline: how some high-poverty schools buck the trend

Principals in Wyoming and Grand Rapids identified how to use data to improve instruction, build teacher leaders and zero in on reading instruction practices

Local students invite congressional candidates to March for Our Lives town hall

Having made known their demands for safer schools and stronger gun laws in the March for Our Lives, more than a dozen local students are hosting a town hall meeting with U.S. congressional candidates to address solutions to gun...

Trip to March for Our Lives in D.C. motivates students to ‘make the change’...

City High School’s Caleb Hekman was one of a group of 42 local students who went to the national March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C.

In its first year, high school orchestra makes ‘magical’ music

Now in its first year at the high school and fourth year overall, the Rockford strings program has quickly grown bigger since it began at the middle school level. About 270 students are part of it, including nearly 40 in the high school ensemble.

Family ties help students bring historical Americans to life

Central Elementary fifth-graders took on the roles of famous Americans for one night, and raised over $1,000 for charitable causes in the process. Students researched notable historical people, then donned period garb and emulated wax museum figures. Visitors brought them...

GRPS superintendent continues Transformation Plan listening tour

Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal will meet with parents, students, community members and school staff this week to get feedback on the GRPS Transformation Plan

‘They’re right. We are just a bunch of kids. But we’ve also been the...

Students at City High/Middle School joined others demonstrating across America Wednesday, a month after the massacre that killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida

Rattled by false threat rumors, students share anxieties and ideas on school safety

On the same day that Northview High School students gathered to discuss ways to improve school safety, many went home because of false rumors of a threat against the school
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Attempted suicide survivor to speak on ‘bridge of hope’

Kevin Hines, whose struggle with bipolar disorder led him to attempt suicide by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge, will speak about the painful realities of mental illness as part of Rockford Public Schools’ Developing Healthy Kids series...

‘Ram pride: He lived it’

When Ryan Kelley retires on Dec. 31, he will do so as an educator who’s played just about every position while always keeping his eye on the ball: the success and welfare of students...

Former teachers now elementary leaders for GRPS

Thomas A. Standifer II is the new principal of Mulick Park Elementary School and Julie Fogg Reyers is the new Ridgemoor Park Montessori principal. SNN gets to know them in this edition of Meet Your Principal...
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