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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.

A Letter to Leo Wins Library of Congress Award

Katie Marentette wrote a letter to Leo Tolstoy last fall and kind of forgot about it -- until she found out it won the state award for the Library of Congress Letters About Literature contest. For the contest, students had...

Group Collaboration Produces Surprising Sources

When innovation, collaboration, reading, language and writing all can be taught in a single project, it's a win-win for both teachers and students. That's what "A Raisin in the Sun" and Jimmy Kimmel helped teach a team of students...

Maravilloso!

Lots of learning, fun and great Latin food filled Ada Vista Elementary at the inaugural Fiesta Latina, organized by the Spanish immersion school's Cultural Arts committee and the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan. Students and their families were given...

‘Weeees’ Sure Are Fun, but Business is Hard

A woodshop project can be much more than making something out of wood. A recent enterprise by three students taught them a business lesson in collaboration, marketing and, as it turned out, giving. Thornapple Kellogg wood production class students were...

Careers Found Here

I'm supposed to wear what to an interview? I'm supposed to talk how? A resume and a business card to give out? Seriously? Those thoughts might have once gone through the minds of Kent Career Tech Center students. But after...

Supporting New Teachers

Imagine what it would be like to keep up to thirty 5-year-olds under control without a lot of knowledge on how to manage such a group. Then imagine you're also a new teacher. Enter New Teacher Network (formerly The Learning...

Learning From a Master

Senior Hadassah Babura learned from one of the best April 20 when she took part in an art class taught by Chris LaPorte. The event was a fundraiser for the annual Grand Rapids Festival of the Arts. An anonymous...

Bringing School to Home and Hospital

No one expects an accident or illness to keep a student out of school, but when it happens, students meet Emily Howell. She's the Grand Rapids Public Schools teacher who helps homebound and hospitalized students. Howell is an unassuming type....

‘I Know I’ve Got a Lot to Learn’

Sostika Monger realizes she needs help in mastering the process of fulfilling a longtime dream. So in between peering at X-rays and handling prosthetics, the East Kentwood sophomore gained valuable experience toward entering the field of pediatrics during Thursday's third...

Sneaky Guitars, Snooty Otters Make for Good Reading

An author who visited Lee Elementary recently didn't just inspire students to put drawings of doughnuts with sprinkles on hallway walls, she made them want to read. She didn't just make them draw cute little otters, she taught them about...

‘Best Day Ever’

It's fun to send a model car down a plastic track and watch it fly off a ramp. It's even more fun to send a model car down a track and watch it fly over a classmate. That's what Matthew...

Little Jumpers Raise Big Bucks for Heart Health

Lee Elementary is known to Thornapple Kellogg students as "the school where you get to do Jump Rope for Heart." It's a crazy, loud, happy time where second- and third-graders jump rope in the gym all day while parents...

On Groundhog Day, Students See Possible Careers

Elijah Becker, a freshman at East Grand Rapids High School, already has a plan for his future: working in video editing or visual effects design. Spending part of a day job-shadowing at ManoByte, a Grand Rapids marketing agency, gave...

Coming Soon: Lessons in Thinking

Donna VonderHoff's AP computer science class learned how to solve a problem. While describing it that way may sound simplistic, it wasn't. The problem was how to help students struggling in school. The method used to solve the problem was...

‘You Find Yourself Striving to be Greater at Something’

Noah Miller and Heather Price, both 2016 district graduates, are members of the Western Michigan University Marching Bronco Band and got to play at the Cotton Bowl game on Jan. 2. Here's what they had to say about what...

Parent-initiated Program: Muy Bien

Cabeza, hombros, rodillas, pies. That's the Spanish version of the children's song "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes," which McFall Elementary kindergartners were singing during their once-a-week Spanish lesson. The class got its start this year when kindergarten mom Lyndsey Carpenter moved...
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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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