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Erin Albanese
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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

‘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'...

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...

‘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 launches efforts to raise $3 million to improve buildings, boost scholarships fund

One in three Kent County high-school graduates is connected to Grand Rapids Community College in some way, explained college representatives as they kicked off efforts to raise the final $3 million of $15 million earmarked for facility improvements and scholarships...

‘If a child really needs someone, I am that person’

With the goal of providing an extra layer of support to meet the needs of students and staff in a proactive way, Byron Center Public Schools has added behavior interventionists...

Adults, students hold discourse on challenges facing teens

Kent County adults who work with youth in various fields joined several high school students in addressing that question during Wedgwood Christian Services’ recent State of the Child event ...

Five percent of third-graders could face retention under cut score for reading M-STEP

The law was approved in 2016, requiring students more than one year behind grade-level in reading to repeat third grade and receive additional support...

A positive presence in the halls

At Byron Center High School, Ben Hawkins, informally called 'hall monitor,' is filling the behavior interventionist role, which takes a bit of a different shape than at the elementary school...

Students explore myriad career options as they look toward the future

The event included 32 workshops and 140 career and college representatives, and spanned industries including higher education, skilled trades, the military, public services, public safety, retail and more...
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‘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'...
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