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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

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...

Students Find Out What It Was Like For Lewis And Clark

Byron Center West Middle School student Saige Dykhouse helped hoist a canoe off the ground and move it to a new location, ready to forage for food with her classmates. She and her eighth-grade group were taking a trek...

Cultural Luncheons Connect Students with Countries, Cultures

Wealthy Elementary School students took a virtual trip to a land of kings and queens, haunted castles and legends, complete with treats and a look at the mystical country’s flag and history. The 36 fourth- and fifth-grade students studied Croatia...

Older Students Help Peers Build Positive Relationships

Weighed down by a backpack filled with four textbooks, Mill Creek Middle School sixth-grader Anna Burpee ran slowly, with heavy steps, to the end of the hallway. Moments earlier, her seventh-grade mentor Leslie Walters had tucked a piece of...

Delicious Ethnic Dishes Make for a Great Day at School

Families from all corners of the map come together as a school community at Southeast Kelloggsville Elementary School, and, recently, their favorite dishes created a smorgasbord of ethnic delights. Pierogi, curry chicken, plantains, fry bread, corn sticks and Spanish rice...

Kentwood Students Begin Kenyan Water Project with Journey of Their Own

Water splashed and faces grimaced as Challenger Elementary students took on the task of hoisting buckets containing about 20 pounds of water a short distance from a preserved wetland area to their school. “Painful. My back! Horrendous,” said Challenger Elementary...

Students Support Cancer Research at Van Andel Institute

When five East Kentwood High School seniors were looking for a way to support breast cancer research, they looked locally to the Bart Williams Breast Cancer Research Lab at Van Andel Institute (VAI)  in Grand Rapids. These students, who also...
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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...

A compass to college

When it comes to going to college, there’s a lot to know even for the most savvy families. And for Hispanic families without much experience in American education, knowing where to start can be daunting...
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