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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

When everybody knows your name

School front desk staffers made everything run smoothly even during the unusual pandemic year...

Determination is key to getting it done

Sparta’s adult education program thrived during the pandemic. It offered new beginnings to a diverse group of students, including refugees, young parents, older adults, recent drop-outs and students from other districts...

‘Her deafness does not define her’

This grad hopes to learn scuba diving and to fly an airplane, but highest on her agenda is to aid in the fight for her right to join the armed forces...

Trades are a passion for this award winner

Senior Mia Ramos is one of 65 high-school students statewide to be named a recipient of the 2021 Breaking Traditions Awards from the Michigan Department of Education...

Socks optional, fun mandatory: retiring science teacher reflects on a successful career

Retiring after nearly 30 years in the district, this teacher made a difference in the classroom, on the sports field, in fundraising and in the lives of his students...

‘There is something about inclusion’

This teacher has made it her mission to help students with mild impairments find their way in school and beyond...

Early Childhood Center ready to open in Sparta

The new Sparta Early Childhood Center is ready for occupancy and expected to house summer programming for the district...

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...
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