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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

Grant aims to ready middle schoolers for what comes after high school

Seventh-graders in four Wyoming school districts will receive tutoring, mentoring and career exploration opportunities via Grand Rapids Community College...
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A powerful message for adolescent girls: ‘Love yourself every day’

Girls from Grand Rapids, Kentwood and Wyoming Public Schools spent a day focused on self-esteem, health and wellness and just being themselves...

‘What’s worth fighting for?’ Middle-schoolers reflect on Civil Rights movement

In the most diverse district in the state, students considered the power of their own voices in learning about Civil Rights and honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr...

How best to get the jump on college? Students give the lowdown

These days, students have multiple ways to get credit for college courses – and save college tuition – while still in high school. We asked a few from East Kentwood and Rockford high schools which options they chose, and why...

AP or early college? What’s a student to do?

For college-bound students hoping to earn credits early and save on tuition, choosing the right kinds of courses for their particular programs can make a big difference...

Educators learn to ‘stop the bleed’ in emergency situations

Preventing death requires quick action, trauma experts said during training. About 100 district educators recently went through special training. It is available free to schools...

Call for film fest entries

With its origins in Byron Center, the festival attracts hundreds of video submissions each year. Deadline this year is Feb. 8. Previously for high school students, a classroom category has been added for K-8...

State’s new letter-grade system for schools gets mixed reviews

New legislation means Michigan schools will receive grades in several categories, but no overall grade...

Library book talks are big hit with middle-schoolers

The monthly event, a partnership with KDL, has drawn students in for books sessions for the past two years so they can learn about titles and check them out...

Students earn credits, gain jobs through GRCC training program

After more than 600 hours spent learning to build houses, fix cars, take blood pressure and complete other skills needed for jobs available in West Michigan, 52 students graduated in December from the GRCC Job Training programs...

GRCC reopening Ford Fieldhouse, showcasing $8 million in upgrades

The 43-year-old building has been under construction since spring to revamp the facility for athletic teams, academic use and the community. The lower-level health club is open to the public for $225 per year...

Have your fork and eat it too!

As part of a competition, students help others learn to conserve by reducing plastic waste in the lunchroom...

Students deliver gifts to peers, fulfilling holiday wishes

Students spent $1,500 in council funds to grant 40 of 70 wishes. Several students and teachers made wishes to give to others...

Students can enter Gerald R. Ford Essay Challenge

The President Gerald R. Ford Student Essay Challenge is open to all 9th through 12th grade students. Entries must be received by March 11, 2019...
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A Medley of Talent

East Kentwood High School students recently performed a collage-style concert, which was filmed and edited by students in the Falcon News Network broadcasting class...

Educators connect students with workforce opportunities

Apprenticeships provide pathways to in-demand, high wage careers, a U.S. Department of Labor representative recently told high school students...
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GRCC counselors reach out to help students with mental health needs

Along with free, confidential one-on-one counseling, they offer a slate of general workshops and mind-body wellness events based on mindfulness, managing emotions, sleep and other topics...

Superintendent Association committee zeros in on equity to improve gaps in education

A seven-member committee of local educators is working to address disparities in education that exist along along racial and socioeconomic lines. The group meets monthly with the goal of building awareness and working toward change...

News hounds on the prowl for Bulldog Growl

Fifth- and sixth-grade reporters are interviewing students and teachers on various topics to publish their monthly newsletter...
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