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Charles Honey

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Charles Honey is editor-in-chief of SNN, and covers Rockford and Grand Rapids. As a reporter for The Grand Rapids Press/mLive 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 and its columnist for 20. His freelance articles have appeared in Christianity Today, Religion News Service and Faith & Leadership magazine. Read Charles' full bio

Districts Seeing Red Over Michigan’s Color-Coded Accountability System

When the state’s new color-coded School Accountability Scorecard rated Rockford Public Schools red – the lowest ranking – school district parents didn’t understand why....

Student Mural Highlights Lowell Section of National Scenic Trail

Most people don’t know America’s longest National Scenic Trail goes right through Lowell. But thanks to some artistic Lowell High School students, a lot...

Feeding Hungry Students

As a school secretary, Robin DeLine notices the needs of students who walk into her office -- especially the hungry ones. One day she...

Northview Teachers, Staff Show Their Heart

When Darlene Parks’ heart went bad, Northview staff and students showed how big theirs is. The former teacher assistant at East Oakview Elementary daycare suffered...

Teacher Inspires ArtPrize Artist

For Kaitlind Marek Fasburg, going from a passive dabbler to an ArtPrize artist had a lot to do with a Northview High School art...

Students Appreciate College Atmosphere in Newly Built School Wing

Senior Austin Hendrick was enjoying some solitary reading in one of Northview High School’s new English classrooms. Quiet as it was, he felt excited. “You...

Optimists Donate Books Needed for New Core Curriculum

When in need, go to an Optimist. That’s what Kenowa Hills fifth-grade teachers did when they decided they needed new books at Central Elementary...

OK, We’ve Heard About the Big ArtPrize Winners. Now Let’s Meet Two of the Smaller Ones

Rhianna Peterson of Rockford and Emma McCloud of Byron Center were winners in ArtStart, a new online competition for artists younger than 18. They...

Hallway Heroes Battle Bullying in Kenowa Hills

Natalia Quizena knows what it feels like to be bullied, so she takes her job as a Hallway Hero very seriously. “It hurts,” says...

Fifth Graders Turn Nature Into Art

Kaylee Diamond sized up the strange sculpture of tangled twigs and flowers, trying to describe it to a visitor. “It kind of looks like...

Choices Influence District Enrollment, Revenues

For baseball fans, the first Wednesday in October offered a chance to watch the American League sort out Wild Card teams to determine who...

Student Saves Drowning Man

For just a split second, Tiana Studebaker hesitated when she saw a man lying on the bottom of the pool. “I was like, ‘This isn’t...

Nixing Negatives by Promoting Positives

Teacher Rachel DeKuiper leads her kindergarteners out of Meadow Ridge Elementary School in search of milkweed on a beautiful day. They walk hand-in-hand and...

Sinking Funds Pay for Growing Needs

When his school board decided to ask the community to fund building improvements, Lowell Superintendent Greg Pratt never thought the fund’s name would be...

‘Schools and Guns Don’t Mix’ – Except Under Michigan Law

Like many residents in his largely rural school district, Superintendent Tom Enslen enjoys deer hunting. He has fond memories of hunting near Kalkaska and...

Football Bruising, Plus Singing and Doing the Right Thing

The Northview High School football team is on the field, practicing to prepare for its final game. But Tommy Brown stands on the sidelines,...
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