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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.

‘A positive in a time that’s somewhat negative’

The new two-story Wyoming High School building opened to 10th- through 12th-graders, who were happy to settle into their new digs for the first week of in-person classes...

Rockford company supports GRCC program, provides boots

Rockford-based footwear company Wolverine is joining forces with the band Metallica to support GRCC students with funds for a workforce training program...

Districts ponder how to keep students learning, engaged

Teachers are challenged to keep their style of instruction intact with students who are socially distanced and, often, not in the building at all...

Students return to classrooms for first time since March

'It’s a little different, and a little strange. ... but it seems like it’s going to be fine'...

Inspired by a young girl’s thoughts

Cora Hovernale won a $200 prize in the art category in a contest hosted by the Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills...

Staff, students join forces to combat food insecurity

Staff members have noticed an uptick in student need since the beginning of the pandemic, and are working hard to make sure students are fed...

Marching on

The plan is to continue regular rehearsals and to host a number of community events, to be determined...

GRCC offering remote, in-person and hybrid classes

Faculty and staff are welcoming students back Aug. 31 using four different styles of instruction to meet varying needs while using strict safety measures...

Wyoming to start school with two weeks remote, shift to in-person option

Superintendent Craig Hoekstra said the district is expecting about 55 percent of students to return in person and the remainder to stay remote on WPS Virtual...

Kentwood eases into in-person instruction with two-week remote start

All students will begin school remotely today, with plans for those who choose to return in person to do so on Tuesday, Sept. 8...

Byron Center to reopen school with hybrid model

Byron Center Public Schools Superintendent Kevin Macina said the district is opting to begin school Aug. 31 with a hybrid plan combining in-person with virtual learning, with hopes to shift to fully in person, five days a week Sept. 28...

How Students are Returning to School

Here’s your guide to how the 20 public school districts of Kent County are reopening this fall...

Teachers tap into existing online project-based lessons

As teachers everywhere scramble to modify instruction to engage online learners, there’s a new world of possibilities when it comes to combining existing practices with new ideas...

District approves $68 million bond by 12 votes

Now the district will move forward on preparing for construction of 12 new classrooms at Cedar Springs High School, part of a $15.49 million project, with plans to break ground in March or April...

Sinking fund renewed, funds facility improvement

Voters approved the renewal of a building and site sinking fund Tuesday, with unofficial results tallying 3,264 yes and 2,065 no votes...

While embracing her roots, student leader steps forward

The daughter of Vietnamese immigrants, Quyen Tran was instrumental in elevating the work of the Asian Student Union at East Kentwood High School. She is now headed to Harvard with a sense of purpose and humanitarian goals...
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