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Charles Honey

Charles Honey
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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.

A like-new school – and a cooler one – for Buchanan students and staff

Nearly $14 million in renovations and additions increase capacity, update technology and add air-conditioned comfort for students and staff at Buchanan Elementary School...

Leaders begin transition of center programs from GRPS to Kent ISD

The Grand Rapids school board voted to discontinue operating special education center programs on behalf of all 20 Kent ISD school districts, effectively turning them over to the intermediate district as of July 2019...

Class of 2000 kindergartners come back to Fountain School: ‘We were a family’

Alumni of the 1987 Fountain School kindergarten – the Class of 2000 – got together at their old school for a mini-reunion full of memories and laughter...

GRPS considers transfer of center-based Special Education programs to Kent ISD

The Grand Rapids school board plans to vote Aug. 6 whether to transfer operation of center-based special education programs serving Kent County students to Kent ISD...

She brings love and supplies from West Michigan to Haiti

Rockford teacher Rachel DeKuiper leads annual mission trips to Haiti to provide help for women’s health, train teachers, care for orphaned infants and children, and conduct Bible studies...

Camp will offer essentials of civic learning, policy engagement

Kentwood Public Schools and the Michigan Center for Civic Education are offering a free summer workshop/camp on Aug. 6-8 focused on civic learning, current events and the Constitution...

New classrooms, upgraded facilities a ‘huge blessing’ at Buchanan School

When classes begin at Buchanan Elementary School this August, students and teachers will walk into 16 new classrooms, new art and music rooms and cafeteria, and a spacious new gym...

After learning first lessons at Fountain, she works on behalf of all students

Even as she graduated from City High School in June of 2000, brimming with optimism about her future, Anne Bowles expressed concern about declining standards and support for public education...

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...
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Teachers do the snow-day shuffle, trying to make up for lost instruction time

The mid-winter blitz of snow days has teachers trying to make up for lost instruction time, and reshuffling their lesson plans for the weeks to come...

Students move to new building while asbestos investigation begins

Students and teachers of North Park Montessori School are preparing to move into a new building Wednesday, while local and state officials launch an investigation into how and why an asbestos breach occurred at their school at 3375 Cheney Ave. NE...

Schools work to minimize impact of #polarvortex2019 on district calendars, classrooms

As classes resume this week, principals and teachers are scrambling to make up for lost instruction time, as superintendents prepare to ask the state to ease rules on how many snow days they’re permitted...
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