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Linda Odette

Linda Odette
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Linda Odette is a freelance writer and editor with more than 30 years of experience in journalism. She’s worked primarily as an editor in feature departments at newspapers in West Michigan, including the Grand Rapids Press, the Muskegon Chronicle and the Holland Sentinel. She lives in East Grand Rapids near the Eastown edge, has a teenage son and a daughter in college. Read Linda's full bio or email Linda.

Students celebrate black history, diversity through arts

Uplifting poems, skits, dances and music were all part of the eighth annual Black History Diversity Celebration Feb. 13 in the East Kentwood High School auditorium...

Lincoln Developmental Center renovations showcased

Area education leaders recently got a look at renovations at Lincoln Developmental Center, 862 Crahen Road NE...

Students tour world of manufacturing

Touring several local plants, students learned manufacturing isn’t what it used to be...

Community leaders keeping students safe

Checking out fire trucks and getting to sit in the driver’s seat of a police SUV is exciting for first graders -- and it’s also a perfect way to teach them about safety...

Museum School takes next step of innovation — into high school

An Aug. 15 ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the official opening of the school, created from the former Grand Rapids Public Museum at 54 Jefferson Ave. SE...

Outdoor ‘classroom’ experience equips area teachers with hands-on projects

What once was a golf course became a classroom for area teachers the first week of August. The instructors were taking part in Groundswell’s Summer Institute at Blandford Nature Center, which is restoring the former Highlands golf course...

Students, business sponsors, honor veterans with series of ceremonies and activities

The event honored veterans across West Michigan and helped students see them and their service as more than a sound bite...

Looking for career ideas? You’ve come to the right place

Students from several West Michigan school districts attended the event, where representatives from area health, construction, manufacturing and information technology businesses featured career choices...

Students’ fairy tale figures live wax-ily ever after

More than 100 Knapp Forest Elementary second-graders became “frozen” wax characters who occupied displays in the school’s classrooms and hallways to recite stories they had written

Odyssey into a land of duct-taped students and super glue

Students spend weeks or months preparing for the Michigan State Odyssey of the Mind finals held mid-March at Thornapple Kellogg Schools. They use imagination and brain power to create performance skits that fit various themes

Blended online, in-class MySchool@Kent program expanded to middle school

The MySchool@Kent program, previously just for high school students, gets a test run at the middle school level

Who Swiped the iPad? Let’s Use Science to Find Out

Finding out who left peanut butter residue on an iPad: This is science? Yes it is, STEM-style, at an educational event for middle schoolers

Thinking by Design, Solving Problems and Having Fun

Want to know how to prevent accidents in the winter on major highways? Getting refugees without transportation to the Refugee Education Center in Kentwood?...

Marching in King’s Footsteps for Justice and Kindness

On the day that people across America honored the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., students at area schools did their part to carry...

Students Salute Veterans with Song and Word

November is the month to be grateful for veterans and for what we have. Murray Lake Elementary fifth-graders celebrated both with a “We Are...

Giving Voice to Children

Most elementary students have never attended an opera. Coit Creative Arts Academy fourth- and fifth-grade students have created, produced and performed one. The project, done...
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