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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

Discovery Zone Takes Classroom into Nature

Fifth grader Brooke Groce leaned over to smell a wildflower. “It doesn’t really have a smell,” she said, and recorded her observation on a sheet of paper as part of her science investigation in Discovery Elementary’s new Discovery Zone. Around her,...

Students Study Whether City’s Rapids Should Return

Despite her numb fingers on the 28-degree day, CA Frost Environmental Science Academy sixth-grader Lux Howell shook a vial filled with river water for several minutes to measure the amount of oxygen in it, part of a process to...

Seventh-Grade Students Support Entrepreneurs in Third-World Countries

In India, a man's pedi-cab business provides income for his family and transportation services to his community. It was made possible, in part, by seventh-grade students at Kent City Middle School. The $100 micro-loan the students provided the entrepreneur last...

If It’s Tuesday, Gramma Bobbie and Grampa Hank Will Be There

Nine years ago, former Huntington Woods Elementary Principal Andrea van der Laan was looking for volunteers willing to contribute 45 minutes a week. Bobbie Bulthuis remembers responding: “If we have to drive 45 minutes to get here, you have to...

Area Students Bring Home Medals from State Competition

Bread, cinnamon rolls, coffee cake, pie and cookies baked from scratch in three-and-a-half hours was only part of a day’s work for Kayla Coppock, 17. To top it off, she even decorated a cake. Kayla, a Kent Career Tech Center...

Helping Legislators Understand Impact of Cuts

At 5:30 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Northview Public Schools Superintendent Mike Paskewicz presses “send” on his latest e-mail to inform 800 people of “Everyday Evidence” that good things are going on in the district. The e-mails, which have...

Byron Center Video Students Win “Best of Show”

Byron Center High School students Tyler Clifton and Aspen Comar know their way around a film studio. The young directors get the right camera angle, capture expressions, showcase scenery and share stories and messages through video. They recently shot videos...

Perfect Scores – Twice – for EGR Student

Scoring perfect on the ACT wasn’t just beginner’s luck for Sam Forstner. He did it twice. The East Grand Rapids junior first achieved a composite score of 36 on the standardized test college admission last October, “to get a head...

Kelloggsville Cardboard Houses to Raise Awareness of Homelessness

Kelloggsville students’ art project hit home in a real way. The cardboard houses they built mean something much larger than paint and cool designs. They mean increased awareness of local homelessness and raising money for families affected in the district. The...

Byron Center Win Time a Big Hit

Byron Center High School sophomores Andrew Rellinger, Jesse Ursiny, Trace Horvath and Vinh Tran spent a recent Wednesday morning sitting in the school hallway with a laptop making a video for extra credit on gene scanning for genetic codes. In...

Be Nice Initiative Encourages Positive Actions in Schools

“Be Nice” messages recently made their way from student to student at East Grand Rapids Middle School; a bold-lettered banner in the EGR high school hallway reminds students to show kindness;  and signed pledges put the promise of niceness...

Committee Explores Tech, Building Improvements

Kelloggsville parents and administrators toured other schools to review facilities and determine how their schools measure up to the opportunities provided students in neighboring districts.  The committee will continue meeting this summer to explore a possible bond issue to fund...

Psychology Added to Growing List of GRCC Courses at Kent City High School

Psychology 201 will join the list of college courses available to Kent City high school seniors, which means students can graduate with a semester’s worth of Grand Rapids Community College courses. Principal Bill Crane said the introductory course is being...

A successful Odyssey

Question: What do you get when you mix a Model T, legendary inventors, an electric eel and a tricky obstacle course? Answer: An Odyssey of the Mind skit designed by elementary school students that placed ninth among 41 teams at...

Hand2Hand Ministries Provide Students Food for Weekend

 The backpacks hang, waiting in student lockers in the morning, then go home filled with nourishing food for the weekend. They are vehicles for feeding children healthy meals, delivered through the three-year-old Byron Center extension of Hand2Hand Ministries.  The program,...

Byron Center West Middle School gets Weather Lesson from Teri DeBoer

Byron Center West Middle School students learned the answers to some interesting questions about weather phenomena from meteorologist Terri DeBoer recently. “Who knows why we hear thunder?” she asked students. She equated the sound to opening a pop can,...
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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...
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