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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.

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...

2013 Graduate Beat the Odds – Again

Thomas Komor has literally been overcoming obstacles and beating the odds since birth. Born 16 weeks premature on Aug. 29, 1994, and weighing just 1 pound 11.5 ounces, he was given a 20 percent chance of surviving. He spent 3...

Students Get a Summer Boost to Help Them Start High School

Garrett Reahm, Benny Lafleur and Davion Pearson got a head start on their English class this summer, just before they start ninth grade in September. They can explain mystical singing sirens, six-headed monsters, personified whirlpools and the sun god in...

Author Greg Tang Teaches Students Through Skype

Author Greg Tang virtually helped Lakeside Elementary School third-graders’ tally up numbers in exciting ways during a recent Skype session. Seventy students in three classes interacted with the mathematician and children’s book writer, learning possibilities with math and how to...

Cornstarch Slime a Big Hit at Kent City Fun Camp

Kent City Elementary students made cornstarch slime called Oobleck, visited with a Kent County Sheriff Department officer, painted a large canvas and headed to the pool during Summer Fun Camp, a Monday through Thursday three-week program for kindergarten through...

Byron Center Graduate Won’t Let A Stroke Slow Him Down

Byron Center High School Class of 2013 senior Chris Schmitt wrote a quote for the senior yearbook. “You can’t alter the past, but you can change the future.” Chris’ journey to graduation day has been remarkable, say his parents...

Overcoming Asperger’s, Becoming a Student Leader

Gage Schell led tours of the Informational Technology program at Kent Career Tech Center, articulately explaining the program to adult visitors. He served on the KCTC Leadership Team and taught as a volunteer instructor in digital animation and design for...
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While embracing her roots, student leader steps forward

The daughter of Vietnamese immigrants, Quyen Tran was instrumental in elevating the work of the Asian Student Union at East Kentwood High School. She is now headed to Harvard with a sense of purpose and humanitarian goals...

Father recovering from COVID-19 thanks ‘Team Gladiola’ on Zoom

Principal Cheryl Corpus began Parent Zoom sessions the second week of the district’s Continuity of Learning Plan, and often more than a dozen parents logged on to ask questions and connect with staff and each other...

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...
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