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Erin Albanese has worked as a journalist in the Grand Rapids area since 2000. A graduate of Central Michigan University, she has written for The Grand Rapids Press, Advance Newspapers and On-the-Town Magazine. She has been covering the many exciting facets of K-12 public education for School News Network since 2013. Read Erin's full bio

Welcome to kindergarten!

The district’s four elementary schools hosted a two-hour Kindergarten Smart Start the Friday before school started to help little ones feel comfortable with their new surroundings...

‘Nobody more deserving’ than Maranda for Education Advocacy Award

WOTV4Women host Maranda, known for her annual Park Parties, infectious energy and approachable interviewing style, is the recipient of the Kent Intermediate Association of School Boards Education Advocacy Award for her contributions to children...

Takens to retire after 11 years of leading growing district

After 11 years as superintendent of Byron Center Public Schools, Dan Takens announced he will retire as of Dec. 31...

‘Read. It’s really that simple’

District-wide, more than 400 Pinewood, Valleywood and Crestwood middle school students went summer-book shopping to end the school year, each choosing three free books to read while school’s out...

Trio of girl filmmakers ‘rock the world’ with strong voices

Byron Center High School students addressed big issues and won big awards this year by taking on opportunities to enter film competitions...

Outdoor education according to fourth-graders

The posters are part of the class’ legacy as they move on to fifth grade at Nickels Intermediate School...

‘You got this’

In response to notes left on the wall, passersby leave messages of encouragement...

Overcoming homelessness to get her degree, she’s ready to help others

Jordan Lovett, once homeless, graduated from Grand Valley State University with a bachelor’s degree in social work. She is eager to advocate for others facing similar struggles to her own...

Local students take top prizes in Dyer-Ives poetry competition

Aliya Hall of Godwin Heights High School won first place for her poem 'Hawk Island Girl' while Alissa Vezikov of East Rockford Middle School won first place for her poem 'Grief'...

‘A better side of me wanted to come out and wanted to stay out’

Pedro ‘Petey’ Benda does maintenance and custodial work for the school district, keeping up with an endless to-do list. But he also saves time each day at Gladiola Elementary for something that has become a priority -- 15-minute conversations with third-grader Blake Hudson...

GRCC reps ‘raid’ high school to share college info

The first crop of Challenge Scholars to receive tuition-free college has worked closely with GRCC on learning to navigate higher education...

Kid-friendly goods, services wrap up economics unit

The Brown Elementary School gymnasium was lined with second-grade vendors peddling their wares during a recent Marketplace Day...

Middle-school girls creating 3D hand for child

Last fall, students raised money to purchase a 3D printer, which uses Blender software. Since then, they have learned to design orthopedic hands and completed two prototypes...

SNN is having an impact on the perception of local education

Eighty-one percent of parents and 87 percent of school staff who are School News Network readers say that SNN helps them be more informed about their schools...
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Students win prizes for short videos about compassion

Two local students made moving videos about caring and compassion, and were amply rewarded for their artistry...

Student teacher cohort focuses on building network of support

The goal of the Leaders of Tomorrow program is to address Michigan’s teacher shortage by keeping new educators in Kent County and offering ongoing support so they stay in the profession...
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Welcome to kindergarten!

The district’s four elementary schools hosted a two-hour Kindergarten Smart Start the Friday before school started to help little ones feel comfortable with their new surroundings...

‘Nobody more deserving’ than Maranda for Education Advocacy Award

WOTV4Women host Maranda, known for her annual Park Parties, infectious energy and approachable interviewing style, is the recipient of the Kent Intermediate Association of School Boards Education Advocacy Award for her contributions to children...

Takens to retire after 11 years of leading growing district

After 11 years as superintendent of Byron Center Public Schools, Dan Takens announced he will retire as of Dec. 31...
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