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Erin Albanese

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 or email Erin.

‘He makes us feel like we are home’

Dan Takens, who is retiring Dec. 31, was one of School News Network’s first advisory superintendents...

‘It’s more than just me’

He couch-surfed as a homeless teen. Now Ja-Quari Moore-Bass works with other youth to help create a blueprint for housing that combines shelter with mentorship and a plan for success...

Middle Schoolers help build, design underwater robot

It will play a significant role in a year-long environmental study of Buck Creek and its levels of pollutants...

‘I would love to have a house that I own where my kids could...

Local coalition’s research shows one in seven African American children in Kent County were in the homeless system in 2018...

Two teachers, one big class

The pilot has already shown gains in instructional time, behavior and academics...

GRCC to offer environmental certification programs

GRCC is playing a role in developing skilled workers in the areas of lead abatement, green infrastructure and water testing...

Living in cars, campers, motels and ‘doubled-up,’ homeless students struggle to succeed

Schools -- urban, suburban and rural -- are seeing increased numbers of homeless students and fewer options for housing because of high rents and scarce vacancies...

Kaleidoscope of cultures

‘...It is of paramount importance that the community understands their stories,’ said a student organizer of the inaugural event at the school...

Blog competition leads to tall tales, descriptive writing

Each Friday teacher Todd Jongekrijg gives his fourth graders a topic for a weekly blog competition. They publish their blogs and comment on each other’s for points...

‘A grandpa to 310 kids’

Fritz Bowerman serves as a new source of support for students at Gladiola Elementary School. He works to meet their needs in a proactive, positive way...

Students celebrate life of classmate, friend

Lucia 'Luci' Raegan Kesner had a debilitating and terminal disease called mucolipidosis type II. She was unable to attend school but her classmates connected with her over Skype...

Senior shares Native American dance, heritage with younger peers

Culture can come in the form of food, dress and dancing, including, as Zhaawan Sprague knows, the traditional jingle dance...

Remembering their sacrifice

With cards, visits, songs and poems, students took time on Veterans Day to honor those who have served...

‘It feels important’

Another benefit has been increased parental involvement. After parents watched the Tiger Talk segment about reading night, attendance doubled over last year’s event...

Student uses Heimlich learned in school on choking boy

Just a week after learning first aid and CPR, including the Heimlich maneuver, in health class, Ta’Niya Lomax put her new skills into action...

Board hires assistant superintendent as new district chief

Assistant Superintendent Kevin Macina has been hired to succeed Dan Takens as district superintendent. Macina will take the reins Jan. 1, pending approval of an employment contract...
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Second graders pitch questions to new superintendent

Superintendent Kevin Macina has been happily busy since beginning his new job Jan. 1, including being peppered with questions by Countryside second graders...

Like taking candy from a colonist

A lesson on taxation without representation taught students how colonists felt when taxed on goods by a faraway king...

A and B student strives for success, from a motel room

A homeless Kent County teen talks about stressors, family, schoolwork and life in a motel...
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