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Janice Holst

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Janice Holst 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 is thrilled to spend some of her retirement hours writing the stories of the northern Kent County school districts. Read Janice's full bio

From trash talk to recycling action

Kent City science classes make sure everything that can be recycled or composted gets to the proper place...

District named to AP honor roll for second time

Sparta Area Schools has been named to the ninth Annual AP ® District Honor Roll. The district is one of only 373 in the U.S. and Canada named by the College Board to the honor roll...

A recipe for celebrating hometown memories

Elementary students honor former Sparta students with hometown greetings and goodies for the holidays...

Map-making a fun way to learn about Michigan

Third-graders learn about their Mitten State creating their own Michigan maps...

School resource officer wants to make personal connections

A student’s article about the school’s new resource officer, which originally appeared in the school news publication, 'Bell Ringer'...

Students flock to teaching cadet program, but remain unsure about education careers

Teacher cadet program places high school students in classrooms to learn hands on skills, in Sparta...

Dogs: best friend, great listeners

Students bolster reading time by sharing stories with furry friends from West Michigan Therapy Dogs...

Construction of new middle school gets under way

The groundbreaking celebration for a new middle school included participation by fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders, who will be the first users of the new building when it opens in 2020...

Eagle-eyed reporters

New class teaches journalism skills as students make contributions to school website...

Digging in at a farm made for learning

A two-year pilot program has students from Rockford and Sparta schools spending multiple days at Plainsong Farm, which offers environmental education sessions...

District adds child life specialist to robust mental health team

Cedar Springs mental health team grows with specialists trained to teach children how to process feelings before taking action...

Drones have students flying high

Learning about and operating drones is just one of the newest technologies used in summer and after-school programming for students from migrating families...

Laughter, gratitude, memories and art featured at reunion with retired art teacher

A retired Sparta art teacher hosts a reunion for reminiscing and allowing former students to pick up artwork she has saved through the years...

Blogger/teacher writes book to encourage educators to stay in field

Cedar Springs world history teacher finds some balance and shares strategies he uses in his ninth-grade classroom...

First-graders try on new donated backpacks

Officials from AT&T were on hand to distribute over 200 backpacks to Sparta district students...

Red carpet party rewards reading

Elementary students read all summer for chance to celebrate with VIP treatment when they return to school in the fall
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From trash talk to recycling action

Kent City science classes make sure everything that can be recycled or composted gets to the proper place...

District named to AP honor roll for second time

Sparta Area Schools has been named to the ninth Annual AP ® District Honor Roll. The district is one of only 373 in the U.S. and Canada named by the College Board to the honor roll...

A recipe for celebrating hometown memories

Elementary students honor former Sparta students with hometown greetings and goodies for the holidays...
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