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Dianne Carroll Burdick

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Dianne Carroll Burdick has worked as a photojournalist in the West Michigan area since 1991. A graduate of Western Michigan University, she has photographed for The Grand Rapids Press, USA Today, Sports Illustrated, Detroit Free Press, Advance Newspapers, Grand Rapids Magazine, BLUE Magazine and On-the-Town Magazine. She has been covering the many exciting and thought provoking stories of K-12 public education for School News Network since 2016.

Painting, podcasting or rocking out, students find joy in self-expression

In weekly sessions, North Park seventh- and eighth-graders can try their hand at a smorgasbord of creative activities, many initiated by them...

Yule Ball puts everyone inside pages of famous novel series

The sixth annual event drew some 300 students in grades three to eight. Costumed characters were portrayed by about 45 parent volunteers and 25 staffers...

A limp can’t slow this high-achieving fighter who helps others

Lauren Hudson, the most recent student recipient of the YWCA West Central Michigan’s Tribute Award, overcame the painful effects of a rare hip disease to do great work in school and for others...

Ryan Colburn, MacGyver of the vet world

Ryan Colburn is the only full-time veterinarian at the John Ball Zoo, and the man behind the scenes who makes sure that some 1,500 animals are physically fit for your viewing pleasure...

A family tradition: school, community, teaching

After making their way through the Thornapple Kellogg school system, Josh, Samuel and Rebecka Thaler are back teaching in their home district...

Students from two schools tell stories, paint pumpkins and more at Harvest Festival

Shortly before Halloween, Aberdeen Elementary School hosted a Harvest festival for students from Lincoln Developmental Center. Students from both schools met each other and introduced themselves with their autobiographies...

Coach’s story goes beyond playbooks, is one for history books

Tom DeGennaro said that while Retired Zeeland Athletic Director Stan Jesky’s 52 years of coaching experience are worth noting, it’s his life story -- starting with birth -- that needs to be shared...

All eyes on art: students make short films out of ArtPrize experience

Mosaic Film Experience’s Mosaic Mobile teamed with ArtPrizeto give West Michigan students with a platform to tell their unique stories...

New shoes for a new school year — for free

In the Image’s annual “Shoes Help Our Elementary Students” program put shoes on the feet of 1,700 students from more than 39 elementary schools...

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...

Park Party Photo Gallery

SNN was at Lamar Park on June 21 along with an estimated 8,400 kids and their parents for the kickoff of partner Maranda’s annual Park Party series. More Maranda Park Parties are still to come this summer, including a popular one in Kentwood this Thursday from noon-2!
Murphy Hossink, sixth grade, Highlands Middle; Camp volunteer Naideli Loyo, senior, Wyoming High; and James Dubin, eighth grade, North Rockford Middle, learn how to listen to the heart

Students explore, learn, create at summer camps

A pair of four-day “camps” at Kent Career Tech Center are giving students the chance to explore what it’s like to work in culinary arts, automotive repair, engineering, construction and more...

Students paddle into learning with ‘floating classroom’ on the Grand River

Students from Highlands Middle School, Northview High School East Campus and fifth-graders in the Adventure Leadership Program converged on Riverside Park last month to learn about canoeing safety, the river and environmental issues.

Mr. Rocket’s legacy trails for four decades

Retiring Athletic Director Bruce Foster leaves a legacy of impacting students’ lives through sports, and doing what he can to provide an excellent program for student athletes...

A proud Wolf looks back on a career of service to Wyoming

From removing pay-to-play fees for athletics to starting the Wyoming Middle College dual enrollment program so students can earn a tuition-free associate’s degree in high school, retiring Superintendent Thomas Reeder has kept his eye on giving students opportunities they need to thrive...

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...
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