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Morgan Jarema

Morgan Jarema
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Morgan Jarema is a reporter and copy editor, covering East Grand Rapids, Forest Hills and Northview. She is a Grand Rapids native and a product of Grand Rapids Public Schools, including Brookside and West Leonard elementaries, City Middle/High School and Ottawa Hills. She found her tribe in journalism in 1997 and has never wanted to do anything but write. For 15 years she was a freelance journalist for The Grand Rapids Press, covering local schools and government, religion, business, home & garden and lifestyles. She and her husband, John, think even those without kiddos should be invested in their local schools and made to feel a part of them. Read Morgan's full bio

Math whiz, student surveyor, star-gazer

This Eastern High School sophomore developed a survey this year to learn what areas her peers struggle with most. Programs to address what she found have already started...

Invasion of the artistic kind

A wooded area east of the middle school that is often traversed by neighbors and students is being taken over by aggressive invaders. Here’s how students are tackling them...

Portraits of goodwill

A U.S.-based nonprofit invites skilled youth artists to draw portraits of children in other countries as keepsakes, and to build international goodwill...

Students portray government’s three branches — no, make that three carrots

One student said thinking of the branches of government in terms of carrots definitely gives him a better understanding of the way things work in Washington, D.C.

This 2020 grad’s advice: ‘Focus on what comes next’

A year ago she felt robbed of the customary senior rites of passage. Now she’s on to the next chapter as a college freshman living in downtown Chicago...

‘School is about relationships’

New hire will coach football, work to increase student engagement...

Free to all chime in at once

Handchimes provide a rare opportunity for these elementary students to make music during the pandemic...

New writing lesson inspires fifth-graders, their teachers

The six-week graphic unit hits on learning standards such as narrative, opinion and informational writing...

‘You could change the world,’ students learn in women’s history, reading month collaboration

Among other Reading Month activities, teacher Erin Stirdivant’s second-graders this year read stories about inspirational women in honor of Women’s History Month, then created drawings that were displayed in the classroom and hallways...

Ex-police officer turned sub keeps things ‘calm and orderly’

How one district recruited substitute teachers during a pandemic...

Taking ‘The Outsiders’ into the great outdoors

Kicking off a unit on contemporary classics, teacher Amy Marlow put together a character-based photoshoot to give kids a break from typical online work...

Mentoring during a pandemic: more important than ever

There’s a long list of students waiting for a positive role model, and a list of adults waiting to be of support. The program is always looking for more volunteers...

‘It really represents this year’

A pandemic year of missed events and safety protocols calls for a unique vision for the annual book of memories...

‘All learning together, no matter where we are in the world’

High school students from Forest Hills collaborated with peers from Virginia and Greece on a project about the kindertransport rescue of Jewish children...

‘I’ve always believed in justice’

Committed to social justice and anti-racism advocacy, eighth-grader Ari James is working to be an agent of change in her school, community and state...

‘A light in a dark year’

A retired teacher finds a way to continue to impact young learners, even in a year when she cannot come inside the building...
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