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Erin Albanese

Erin Albanese
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Erin Albanese is associate managing editor and reporter, covering Byron Center, Kentwood, Wyoming and Grand Rapids Community College. She was one of the original SNN staff writers, helping launch the site in 2013 and enjoys fulfilling the mission of sharing the stories of public education. She 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, On-the-Town Magazine and Group Tour Media. Read Erin's full bio

Raising fish and growing foliage

Connecting students with the wild world around them is a priority at Countryside Elementary, where students have spent the school year learning both inside a classroom that is home to fish habitats and plant ecosystems and outside where wetlands teem with scaly and furry friends...

Trash becomes treasure during bucket art project

Students in teacher Laura Sluys’ special education class and general education students recently worked together on an artistic project in partnership with the program, Artists Creating Together...

Mission accomplished: students design spacecraft

Bowen and Endeavor ARCH programs were selected to participate in engineering challenges...

Graduating seniors can boost math, reading skills to prep for college this summer

Graduating high school seniors will have the chance to boost math and reading skills in the Bridges to College – Raider Ready program this summer...

Wyoming High School offering vaccine clinic

Wyoming High School will be hosting a free COVID-19 vaccine clinic for staff, students, families and community members 12 years old and older from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 20 and Friday, June 11...

New middle school principal is a familiar face

Abby Kanitz will transition into the role of West Middle School principal for 2021-2022...

Sensory room helps preschoolers regulate brains and bodies

Students can begin their day in a special sensory room or visit when they feel overwhelmed or overstimulated...

Virtual preschoolers stay on track, connect through activities

Read-alouds, group songs, fine-motor skills, weekly teacher-parent-child meetings are all happening online...

New dean of students: Empowering students gives them a voice

This former self-described class clown and NFL player says meeting students’ needs starts with being a good listener...

Second-round interviews set for Kentwood superintendent

Two finalists will interview for superintendent of Kentwood Public Schools Wednesday, May 5...

‘The most beautiful experience I have ever seen’

Dozens of nursing students administered shots recently into the arms of fellow GRCC students and others at DeVos Place...

Musicians, actors, artists celebrated in video presentation

The show has gone on in Byron Center schools, with music made, theater performed and art created despite the pandemic...

Voters to consider bond, millage renewal

Tuesday, May 4, is Election Day and voters have issues on the ballot in just two public school districts, Kentwood and Kelloggsville...

Journey of survival, hard work, inspires him to inspire others

Six years ago hewas in an Indonesian detention center. Today he is a recipient of Western Michigan University’s most prestigious merit-based scholarship...

Six to interview for superintendent position

Interviews will be held April 28 and 29. Community members, staff and students are encouraged to watch the interviews online...

Professor works to honor legacy of grandfather

GRCC English professor Mursalata Muhammad is working to bring recognition to her grandfather, Claude Harvard, the creator of more than 25 inventions at Ford Motor Company in Detroit...
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