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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.

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...

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...

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...

‘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...

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...

‘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...

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,...

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...

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...

‘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...

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...

Warm Hearts = Warm Clothes for the Holidays

"It's warm inside my hat!" a student yelled after putting on a new winter hat he received from the Warmth and Good Cheer event...

Keeping the ‘Monster’ Out and Students in Class

Truancy and chronic absenteeism have been described by educators as "the monster at the door." Kent ISD school districts are trying to ensure the...

Looking for That Perfect Teacher Gift? Here’s One

For Lee Elementary parents having a tough time figuring out what to get their child's teacher for Christmas, skip the hand lotion and send...

Look Out Humans — Here Come the Robots

A robot made of Legos pushing around poop could lead to students being scientists and engineers. Settle down, it's not real poop. It's manure...

What’s Up Next? Getting Ready for College

Are you a student planning to go to college next fall? Are you the parent of a student planning to go to college next...
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