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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 or email Erin.

A Win for Caledonia and for Manufacturing

Caledonia High School digital art students won first and second place for the popular vote in theDiscover Manufacturing Today Video Challenge. The local contest was sponsored by The Manufacturing Council, which seeks to promote opportunities in manufacturing. The one-...

Byron Center Students Teach Tech Skills to Local Seniors

Byron Center Public Schools junior Kamber Smith cheered on Jean Krol as she learned to work her GPS device to find a destination point. “Yeah, high five ya,” said Kamber, as Krol successfully located a Gulf Shores, Alabama, post...

Kent City Elementary Artists Selected for Association Show

Kent City Elementary School art teacher Sara Goodrich likes to quote a legendary Spanish painter. “I really believe ‘every child is an artist,’ just like Pablo Picasso said,” she explained, as her classroom of kindergartners painted big flowers with...

Connect Builds Bridges Between Students

From the ability to make funny faces to their favorite birthday treats, it turns out middle-school students in special education teacher Jill Fouch’s Links-Connect class have a lot in common The class, which pairs seven special education students with general...

Kelloggsville Students Learn Actions to End Human Trafficking

Andy Soper had a firm message for Kelloggsville High School students about ending the exploitation of young people in West Michigan: take action. “Nothing changes until you make it change,” said Soper, project coordinator for outreach ministry The Manasseh Project. Youth...

Pre-schoolers’ Coffee Shop Demonstrates their Learning through Play

Guests to Katie Shepard’s Great Start Readiness Program preschool class are likely to be offered invisible coffee by charming 4-year-olds who then tally the bill on a toy cash register. The children might even scrawl the order onto a...

Health Students Help Doctors, Nurses with Disaster Drill

Emanuel Melendez appeared weary and ill when he walked in. “I’m so weak and the nausea has been so bad,” he told Dr. James Barron, an internal medicine physician at Spectrum Health. Barron checked Emanuel in at the entrance of Grand...

Byron Center to Open Stand-Alone Early Childhood Center

A renovated Byron Center facility will soon bustle with the activity of the district’s youngest learners. Byron Center’s first stand-alone Early Childhood Center opened to day care programs May 28, and to all preschool programs for the 2013-2014 school year. “It’s...

Raising Money for Clean Water at Haiti Sister School

Children in a Port Au Prince school in Haiti will enjoy clean drinking water for a year through the work of 78 Breton Downs Elementary School fifth-grade students who transformed their gym into a giant garage sale.  Students dug into...

Kelloggsville Students Grow Hydroponic Peppers

The peppers are poppin’ at Kelloggsville Middle School.  Eighth-grade teacher Marcia Cisler’s hyrdroponics program started in December as a way to teach students agriculture and the ways subjects like math and science tie into it. As a result, several large pepper...

New Kent City Summer Camp Uses iPads and Flashcards to Boost Literacy

“It’s awesome,” said third-grader Ryan Lucht, as he finished the day’s three-hour session with a game of Word Bingo on an Apple iPad. Around him other students used the tablets for reading activities, with traditional flash cards and books...

Teachers Spend Summer Learning to Innovate

It may have been summer break, but issues on the minds of East Grand Rapids teachers were technology, collaboration and keeping on track with changing curriculum standards. The district’s annual weeklong summer-learning series involved 80 percent of the district’s teachers...

Lee High School Students Give Back to Community During Summer Vacation

A carnival on the Lee High School lawn bustled with happy neighborhood children, while a couple blocks away drivers handed over donations for charity to have their cars scrubbed. Neighbors were surprised when students stopped by to paint their...

EGR Students Work Hard “Spring Greening” the High School

The East Grand Rapids High School landscape is ready to flourish, thanks to members of the new high school gardening club, “Wild and Dirty.” Students embraced their kick-off “Spring Greening” project recently, following the advice of the Dr. Seuss character...

School program dishes up free meals for hundreds of children

Breakfast for lunch was quite a treat for Kyle Devine, 8. “Today was the best,” he said after polishing off french toast sticks, hash browns, apples and chocolate milk at the Kent City Summer Lunch program, open to all children...

Iraqi Student Visits Oriole Park Friends, Gets Needed Medical Treatment

It wasn’t long before 10-year-old Hamzah Al-Daeni took on the role of teacher in the Oriole Park third-grade class. “One, two, three,” he counted, an effervescent smile spreading across his face as he instructed students to take turns racing...
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Stepping up to donate in a time of need

Tech Center, GRCC are among schools making large donations of equipment to help local health care professionals fight COVID-19...

Reaching students, helping families

Many students with disabilities need full-time care and receive speech, physical and occupation therapy through school. That typically requires physical interaction...
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