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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. Besides covering the many exciting facets of K-12 public education for School News Network, she writes freelance for the travel industry. Read Erin's full bio

Leading With Care

For one day each December, students in the Crossroads Alternative High School leadership class work in assembly-line format, packing hundreds of items into care bags for people in the community. It’s a culmination of months of work getting donations...

Guest Column on Wyoming Bond Vote

I’m sitting here teary-eyed thinking about the Nov. 5 rejection of Wyoming Public School’s two bond proposals to fund security, high school improvements and a fine arts center. I am wondering why this obvious disconnect between the school and...

Third-Graders’ Cardboard Arcade Inspired by 9-Year-Old Entrepreneur

Inspired by a 9-year-old boy from California, West Elementary School third-grade students put their imaginations to the test creating an arcade made of cardboard, complete with all the bells and whistles. From an arcade basketball game to a rocket ship...

Broadway Bound

Tips from a Tony Award-nominated Broadway producer and a choreographer helped set the stage for Macy Krupiczewicz to pull deep from within herself in singing, “Good Morning, Baltimore” from the musical “Hairspray.” Rich Affannato, co-producer and director of the musical...

State Farm’s $100,000 Grant to Fund Kelloggsville, Godfrey Lee Service-Learning Agriculture Programs

When Kelloggsville Middle School teacher Marcia Cisler recently considered projects made possible through service-learning grant money, she talked about students gardening, growing hydroponic vegetables and recycling. As she faces the end of the grant money allocated to the district...

Kent County Students to Share Message on Diversity

The bottom line is: “You’re human,” said Willianna Paulino, a junior at Grand Rapids University Prep Academy. Willianna played a Monopoly-style game that challenged students at Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance’s recent Calling All Colors Conference to consider life from different...

Her electrifying style

Abby Bolen stands alone in a small room, the vibrantly painted viper violin positioned on her shoulder, her bow moving fast and intense. She plays a song that sounds like rock and roll with a Celtic flair. Abby, 16, plays...

EGR Pioneers Support Be Nice through Hearts of Gold game

“Be Nice,” may not be the typical message coming from the stands as football players head to the field to face off against a rival school. But it was Oct. 25 for the East Grand Rapids Pioneers as they battled...

Career Academy Combines Job Training with Academics

Maddi Saum hopes to become a physician. Jamasen DeKlein wants to get a job in construction or attend Grand Rapids Community College after graduation. After falling behind in credits at school, they are redirecting themselves with help from the...

To Power Computers, Students Just Pedal

Electricity costs Byron Center Public Schools 11 cents per watt, Zoey Christensen explained as Jordan Whitmore pedaled away on an energy-producing box. If Jordan pedaled for an hour on the box, she said, it would create enough energy to...

No Debate About it: Debating Skills are Valuable

The mere idea of debating on stage may cause some to break out in hives, but students are usually far from tongue-tied by the time they take their spots behind the podium, say local high school debate coaches. “Debate is...

Students Earn “Caughtcha” Rewards for Making a Difference at School

West Elementary School students held up signs with words like “Listen,” “Patience,” “Trustful,” “Kind,” “Nice” and “Polite” for a video titled “Respect in One Word” about characteristics they felt were most important for a safe school climate.  The video, created...

High School Students Have Backstage Pass to Learning Technical Side of Theater

What Josh Hess loves about theater is the backstage magic: working the lights and bringing all the technical parts of the show together just right. “This is definitely my passion,” said Josh, who is in his second year of the...

Ninth-grade Students Connect with Second-graders through Books

“Waxy the Candle was very sad. He was teased and bullied until he went mad,” read ninth-grade student Kim Tran to Brookwood Elementary students. Tran’s story goes on to tell how Waxy lights up a room for all to...

‘Hard Core with Lots of Love’

Roberta “Bobbie” Bentley entered the Halloween Bash dance-off and clowned around with the competition. Her moves were strikingly similar to the fifth- and sixth-grade boys. “I was just improvising,” said Bentley, Wyoming Intermediate School dean of students. The fact...

Students Get To Know Each Other Over ‘Mixed-Up’ Lunch

While eating lunch with a random group of peers, Valleywood Middle School eighth-grade classmates discussed what they can’t live without. “I can’t live without my cell phone,” said Victor Eskew. “I can’t live without music,” said Reyna Delgado. “I can’t live without...
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‘An incredible fit’

The Board of Education has offered the position of superintendent to current State School Reform Officer Dedrick Martin. Following a superintendent search and interviews with four candidates, the board voted unanimously to offer Martin the position...

Songs in the key of school

The Lee High recording studio is located in a former office within the media center, transformed into a creative space with all the necessary equipment and software...

Michigan Teacher of the Year tells DeVos his concerns about school choice

East Kentwood’s Luke Wilcox and other State Teachers of the Year had the opportunity to meet with U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, and shared their concerns about her policies on vouchers and charters...
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