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James Harger reported on West Michigan's economy, courts and politics for The Grand Rapids Press and Mlive.com for more than 37 years. He also is employed as Servanthood Leader at Immanuel Lutheran Church in downtown Grand Rapids. A graduate of Central Michigan University, he also has worked for publications in Holland, Mount Pleasant and Lansing. He is married to Lisa and has one daughter, who lives in Ann Arbor. Read James' full bio.

Immigrant parents learn how to track their children’s progress online

With more than 60 languages spoken in the home, Kentwood Public School is embracing its diversity by hosting the EL Parents Academy, designed to show parents who to use the Internet to track their children’s grades and progress in school...

Being principal of alternative school ‘really speaks to my heart’

Danielle Hendry, the new principal at MySchool@Kent, says her school’s nontraditional setting offers nontraditional students an opportunity to live a successful life...

More cow bell, please!

About 160 invited donors showed up for the drive and gave 133 pints, the largest in the state hosted by middle school students, according to Michigan Blood...

New welding lab for high school students is a ‘big deal’

The new lab will be used for a two-year high school program scheduled to begin in the fall of 2019. Experts estimate more than 400,000 welding jobs will need to be filled by 2025...

Caledonia High School students teach third-graders about their favorite explorers

Third-graders at Caledonia's Kettle Lake Elementary school had an exclusive lesson in world history recently when they traveled to Caledonia High School, where ninth-grade creative writing and world history students had written kids’ books about their favorite world explorers...

Partnership gets $300,000 grant to fund outdoor environmental classes

The Wege Foundation announced a $300,000 grant to help fund a partnership of area environmental groups and educators...

‘Cooking Matters’ class teaches students to prepare healthy meals

Students in the CORE Program learned how to prepare healthy meals for themselves and their families through a hands-on class offered by the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids...

Sometimes, parents really do know best

Gloria Baker is competing for a national research scholarship with the help of instructors in the Health Sciences Early College Academy...

Entrepreneurial student wins $5,000 to expand his lawn-care business

Calvin Pimpleton, an entrepreneurial junior at Innovation Central High School’s Academy of Business, Leadership, and Entrepreneurship (ABLE) program, recently won $5,000 at Start Garden’s 5x5 competition for business startups...

Turning the (multiplication) tables

The Michigan Mathematics Educators (MichME) initiative is changing the way math is taught in West Michigan schools, one teacher and classroom at a time. After four years, the program has rewired the way math is taught by more than 250 educators and administrators...

Students invited to demo their social skills app at Samsung conference

3D Animation students from the Tech Center are headed to a Samsung development conference in San Francisco with their teacher to show off a 3D smartphone app they developed for autistic teens...

Helping young children the purpose of countywide millage request

Early childhood advocates in Kent County are hoping voters will approve a .25 mill proposal to fund programs to help prepare children for kindergarten...

Six school districts seek tax approvals on Nov. 6 ballot

Voters in six Kent County school districts will be asked to vote on school tax proposals that can be found on the second page of their ballot Nov. 6...

‘I deserve to live my life’

Suicide survivor and author Kevin Hines spoke with a standing-room only group of students, parents and educators at Developing Healthy Kids VII...

Kent ISD special ed chief tapped for national post

Laurie VanderPloeg looks at the job as both an educator and as a parent of a special-needs child. She hopes to address barriers to careers in the field, as well as negative news about educators...

Kent ISD workshop shows parents how to help students explore careers

Equipping parents with material, advice, to coach their teens on career choices...
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