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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.

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...

‘Thanks for Protecting Us’

Students learned about sacrifice and service when schools throughout Kent County honored servicemen and women with special ceremonies on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. Students...

A Chance to Have Their Say – Finally

Editor's note: For 18-year-old high school students, Tuesday's election was their first chance to cast a ballot for president. School News Network asked several...

Fitness or Fundraiser: Why Not Do Both?

Two more things are certain in life: Children who stay fit do better at school — and you have to fund-raise for your child's...

Should I Stop or Should I Go? Too Many Motorists Don’t Know

When you see red lights on the school bus start flashing in front of you, it always means stop, right?And when you see yellow...

Before ArtPrize: Crosswalk Signs, Keeping Up, Basic Manners

ArtPrize venues were filled with students learning about art, but for one group it wasn't just about that — it was a way to...

Personal Chef, Snowboarder, Instructor

Previous job: I started in the food industry at age 15 and really enjoyed hospitality and working with people. My focus was in food...

New Alumni Group Forming

District graduates can register for a new alumni group at the Sept. 30 homecoming game. "We are still putting most of our time and...

A Positively Positive First Day

What is Your Dream?A big sheet of paper with a big question written in big letters and spread across 8-foot-long tables greeted high schoolers...

FFA Members Make Hard Work Look Fairly Fun

It was 90 degrees at the Barry County Fair when Jordyn Skinner walked her dairy feeder cow, Russell, into the show ring for the...

Clothes Pins, Hot Glue and Elmo

District staff across Kent ISD busied themselves in the weeks and days leading up to today, readying their buildings and classrooms for students.Lowell Martha Hayden worked...

Educator Says Ship-board Experience One of the Best of her Life

Kari Fuller said she was geeked to spend a week this summer on the U.S. Lake Guardian research vessel, where she was part of...
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