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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 or email Erin.

GRCC participates in study around product that could slow COVID spread

The inhaled mist device, developed by a FHPS and GRCC grad, could prove useful in schools...

Many districts had shifted gears prior to statewide high school closure

Under new order, colleges and high schools must close for in-person learning through Dec. 8. Kindergarten through eighth-grade can continue in person...

Babysitting an apple

Ninth-graders wrote apple adventures during the weeklong “35 Ways to Babysit an Apple” project in English teacher Jeremy Schnotala’s class. The writing project inspires creative narratives and lots of drama...

Class of 2021 has ‘test-optional’ choice when applying for college

Most schools in the state of Michigan have become SAT/ACT-optional for the Class of 2021 for admission purposes. There are, however, pros and cons for students...

Superintendent announces retirement after 33 years serving Kentwood community

Superintendent Michael Zoerhoff this week announced he will retire at the end of the school year, June 30...

Principal earns role model award from NAACP

Read what makes this leader of powerful conversations such an inspiration to colleagues and students...

I voted! Elementary students cast ballots for play equipment, learn lessons in democracy

Elementary students cast their votes Tuesday too, but for new playground equipment — all part of learning about the voting process...

Culinary, design departments partner to make chocolate violins

GRCC’s Mechanical and Architectural Design and Secchia Institute for Culinary Arts are partnering to use (literally) cutting-edge laser technology to create intricate molds for use in the Cake Decorating Basics course...

Musical prodigy, international performer, fourth-grader

When Cameron Renshaw was in kindergarten he kept asking his mom, Tina Renshaw, about the cello in her closet...

Bus drivers work as daytime cleaners during pandemic

It’s also a plus to have familiar faces around school...

Major factor in school closings: evidence of virus spread

While the Kent County Health Department is working hard with superintendents to keep schools open, sometimes closing is the best way to mitigate spread...

East Kentwood moves to remote learning due to COVID-19 cases

East Kentwood High School and Freshman Campus has pivoted to remote learning until Friday, Oct. 30 due to positive COVID-19 cases...

Operation Face Shield: complete

The nine-week project resulted in 10,000 pieces of PPE that were distributed in West Michigan to more than 100 organizations...

Fourth-grader’s pickle stand inspired by school marketplace

‘With my tiny fingers, I am good at stuffing them,’ said the young pickle peddler. ‘You can see how they are packed in, so you get more for the money’...
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