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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.

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? How to water your garden from rain water in a more efficient way than you...

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 on his ideals. Here are just two examples of students putting his teachings to work. North...

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 Thankful for Our Veterans” musical. They sang patriotic songs from “You’re a Grand Old Flag” to...

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 in partnership with Opera Grand Rapids Children's Opera, was led by the Creative Connections arts...

In Honor of Those Who Served

Editor's note: Schools across Kent County observed Veterans Day with a variety of events. Here is a sampling. Byron Center Boys Scouts brought up the flag; "My Country, 'Tis of Thee" was sung; red, white and blue were worn; and...

Military Families Get in for Free This Weekend

Free visits for active-duty and veteran military families will be offered by the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum during their upcoming Military Weekend. SpartanNash has partnered with the museum for this event in honor of Veterans Day. A military or veteran’s...

Grand Rapids Library Vote on Tuesday Ballot

Like reading? Like libraries? Like the programs and activities libraries offer? The Grand Rapids Public Library would like you to know about a millage proposal Nov. 7 to improve services and programs for the community. The library is asking for...

GR Museum Hosts Sensory Events Nov. 8

The lights will be dimmed and the sound will be lowered when the Grand Rapids Children's Museum hosts its bi-annual "Connor's Friends: A Night for Families Affected by Autism." Special sensory activities, art projects with the Artists Creating Together...

Making Way for the Butterflies

The nasty invasive species and weeds that took over the Collins Elementary garden space have disappeared, making way for a new garden next spring. Marnie TenCate's second-graders and Karin Cramer's fourth-graders made it happen as part of a STEM project....

Seussical Features EKHS ‘Cat’ AND Low Sensory Performance

"It is fun to have fun, But you have to know how." - The Cat in the Hat, by Dr. Seuss Dr. Seuss knew how to have fun and The Grand Rapids Civic Theater knows too. Well-loved characters take the...

Helping Hispanic Students Get to and Through College

Getting Hispanic students to pursue a college education is the main goal of the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (UHSLI), an organization that brought its student summit to Grand Rapids recently. Held at Union High School, the event featured...

‘You’ll Never Be the Same’

Being named the Michigan Teacher of the Year doesn't come with a manual for how to navigate the year ahead, so you have to go talk to the "teachers" -- as in former Michigan Teachers of the Year. Luke...

Educators Love Student-Built Home with ‘Learning at the Core’

When two educators searching for a new home found one they thought was perfect, it turned out to be more than perfect: It was built by students. Mike and Jennifer Fillman had always liked an area east of Maryland Avenue...

A Heaping Harvest of Fun

Editor's note: This is a personal commentary by Linda Odette, a School News Network reporter who covers Thornapple Kellogg Schools "Hey, how did a tomato get into a cherry?" This question by a middle schooler planting cherry tomatoes at a school...

Students Make it All in Makerspace Room

The words a mother painted in big letters on the Lee Elementary makerspace room's wall told the story of the room best. "Passion. Discover. Dream. Inspire. Imagine. Explore." That's what went on this school year in the makerspace room that...

Today’s Graduates Meet Tomorrow’s Rock Stars

Graduates parading down the halls of elementary and middle schools in their district has become a tradition at some schools, and Thornapple Kellogg High School did it for the first time this year. Teachers saw former students, graduates stepped...
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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...

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...
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