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Janice Holst

Janice Holst
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Janice Holst is a reporter covering Kent City and Sparta. She has been both a teacher and a journalist. A former MLive reporter, she wrote features and covered local government and schools for Advance Newspapers for nearly two decades. She also was a recipe columnist and wrote features for Mature Life Style and occasional entertainment pieces for On The Town magazines. She lives in Sparta Township and enjoys spending some of her retirement hours writing the stories of the northern Kent County school districts. Read Janice's full bio

Jumping to make a difference

Young Spartans raised a district-record amount of money for the American Heart Association during this year’s Kid’s Heart Challenge...

A champion of creativity

Despite the challenges of being a first-year teacher in a school year disrupted by a global pandemic, Kent City’s new art teacher inspires students to keep growing in their creative skills...

Storytime for seniors? They’re all ears

March is Reading month hits the high school...

Kindness builds their community — online and in person

Digital bulletin board shares touching acts of kindness, helps remind virtual students they are part of a community...

Former, current students unwrap history found in time capsule

Anyone remember ditto paper? Single-pane windows? Class songs?

Learning from an adopted Snowflake

With Snowflake, the Great Start Readiness Program brings the farm experience into preschool classrooms...

Creating critical thinkers

Students know it’s STEM day when they see Mrs. Barber wheeling her wagon full of mysterious objects down the hallways...

KCHD encourages local educators to get vaccinated

The Kent County Health Department continues its quest to make sure that everyone involved with county schools is able to be inoculated...

‘Escape By Reading’ Takes On New Meaning

More than 80 students and their family members recently joined in an escape room reading challenge, doing their part to help rescue their “trapped” principals...

Right time to return to school

After a semester of virtual education, offered by the Sparta district in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many district families have moved their children back into the classroom...

Good behavior encouraged at home

For students learning from home, positive behavior rewards are still possible...

Discovery of 1959 time capsule makes local history tangible

Ever wonder what high school students were thinking about 60 years ago? Soon, today’s students and the rest of us will find some clues...

Mental health checks and career exploration find virtual home in school districts

A tool students can use with their phones is opening doors to careers -- many of them local -- and giving administrators a read on emotional wellness...

CARES Funds help district hire school nurse

A community member who has worked with students before is helping navigate the pandemic...

Visual performing arts elective lets students explore broadcasting

The daily newscast includes in- and out-of-school topics...

‘This time it is continued learning’

One school’s switch from in-person to virtual education last week was nearly seamless, especially when compared with the forced school closure in March...
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