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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. Besides covering the many exciting facets of K-12 public education for School News Network, she writes freelance for the travel industry. Read Erin's full bio

Leadership program put teens on track for summer jobs

Teen Outreach, which meets weekly during the school year, has three components: life-skills development; job placement and community service...

Students explore many ways of worship

The four-day Interfaith Service Day Camp brought together 21 West Michigan students representing several religious and non-religious backgrounds to explore religions, get to know one another, enjoy food and culture, and volunteer...

‘This opportunity is priceless’

Students are getting a head start this summer by earning college credits. If they complete the courses with Cs or higher, they will automatically be accepted at Ferris and receive a $1,000 scholarship...

Career and education planning, a for-credit course

About 20 local ninth- through 12th-graders are exploring careers this summer and earning three free college credits along the way...

A story about a little boy who, for a while, filled a chair in...

‘I think about the many other people in our school districts with stories that center around belonging and who we, as a nation, are open to allowing to belong’...

Grant to stock class libraries will be ‘a difference-maker’ for children

Enhancing the district’s classroom libraries was a key recommendation of the Reading Now Network earlier this school year...

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...

Middle schoolers pitch in to help protect waterways

Crestwood Middle School students spent a recent sunny Friday lifting rocks, filling in eroded areas, and planting flowers to create an area where water runoff from Steelcase’s parking lot will be absorbed...

Vote here for your favorite Duck Tape prom outfit

Kent Career Tech Center students Baylee DeVos and Blake Johnson have both been named finalists in the the Stuck at Prom Scholarship Competition and are in the running for a $10,000 scholarship...

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...

Flowers, produce to yield bumper crop of learning

Marshall Elementary students and staff members recently broke ground on their lush plat, planned through H.O.P.E (Helping Other People Eat) Gardens...

Students post open letters of kindness to special people

Students in the eighth-grade English classes of Jamie Stevenson, Kaiti Blundy and Erin Bastic completed a journalism unit with something personal: writing letters to be posted openly for someone they care about...

‘She will fill your bucket if you are empty’

This art teacher provides a solid skill base, then encourages her students to infuse their work with elements of their own lives. And she shares her own, which she says creates a safe space for them to reflect...

Strong faith, desire to help pushes her to be healing force through song

Despite tremendous loss, and mental and physical ailments, MacKenzie Van Dorp is off to the country music capital to pursue a career in music...

Her overarching goal: to teach that American ideals are worth striving for

Rebecca Debowski witnesses and guides her students as they learn to look at things in a more nuanced way and respect what one another have to say, from every perspective...

They did the monster math

Students in Patti Reeder and James Rex’s classes were challenged to use exponential function to create a scenario in which zombies take over the world...
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Leadership program put teens on track for summer jobs

Teen Outreach, which meets weekly during the school year, has three components: life-skills development; job placement and community service...

Students explore many ways of worship

The four-day Interfaith Service Day Camp brought together 21 West Michigan students representing several religious and non-religious backgrounds to explore religions, get to know one another, enjoy food and culture, and volunteer...

‘This opportunity is priceless’

Students are getting a head start this summer by earning college credits. If they complete the courses with Cs or higher, they will automatically be accepted at Ferris and receive a $1,000 scholarship...
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