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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.

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,...

Old Factory DOCK Hosts Students After School

It’s 3 p.m. on a Thursday and students make their way from Kelloggsville Middle School across Division Avenue to The Dock, a place that has become their late-afternoon home. They grab basketballs and are off to play hoops, start...

From Immigrant to Valedictorian and Millennium Scholar

When Kaleab Mamo arrived in Michigan from his native Ethiopia, he started his freshman year at Creston High School speaking no English.  Now, he’s finished his high school career as the Creston Class of 2013 valedictorian and begins his college...

Local Students Win Prizes in Statewide Film Competition

Eating healthy, anti-bullying, diversity, exercise and safety were a few of the topics high school students from across the state chose to share messages about making great choices. Students from across the state took home $21,000 worth of prizes for...

Students Get Lesson in Civil War Living

Re-enactors from Third Michigan Volunteer Infantry, Company F, based in Grand Rapids, recently brought history to life for Byron Center West Middle School students. The group, which aims to educate the public and preserve Civil War life, spent the day...

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...
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What will school look like in the fall? Community leaders prepare for various scenarios

Much is still to be determined about reopening for the 2020-2021 school year, and superintendents are preparing for various scenarios. Families are asked to complete a survey to provide input and share their opinions...

GRCC honored as a promising place to work

GRCC is among 16 schools in the nation recognized as one of 2020 Most Promising Places to Work in Community Colleges...

School officials join legislators calling for federal help with pandemic-induced state budget shortfalls

As many counties across the state see the coronavirus curve plateau or recede, fears about illness are fast becoming eclipsed by fears about budgets, and how schools will manage...
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