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Morgan Jarema
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Morgan Jarema 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 or email Morgan.

Navigating the new, for-now normal

The Cornells of East Grand Rapids on coping, disappointment, and resilience...

Teaching art ‘is what I’m meant to do’

She says ‘life is much better with creativity’...
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Looping through layers of sound with a cool new pedal

A looper pedal and related equipment for the high school orchestras were purchased through a grant from the Lowell Education Foundation...

Bonus mini-grant funding means twice the boost for classrooms

The number and quality of Lowell Education Foundation grant requests typically mean just one round of giving...

History: these fifth graders are really digging it

For the second year, teacher Linda Sawade recreated a site at the earliest known Colonial settlement...

My culture, told through pictures

Program participants are invited to send 'visual letters' to children their own ages in China...

Learning to get MAD about winter survival

The visit made by all district third graders is aligned with the science curriculum...
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Students become sign-language teachers to senior learners

Their teacher says having students be the ones people ask for help aids in confidence, self image and job opportunities...

Eighth grade bridges falling down

It’s a STEM project that’s designed to fail, the teacher explained...

An elevator, an octopus & lots of swimming pools

Students created computer models and 3D scale models of their dream homes...

‘Hamilton’ cast member and EGR alum: ‘Be spectacularly you’

Mikey Winslow also sat on the exclusive senior bench, something he said he didn’t even do while a student. You gonna tell him to move?

New program aims to get students to graduation, expand career pathways

Last year the program had 70 students. This year, after restructuring, the program has 135 and counting...

New coordinator will be face of career-work experience effort

Her role includes creating job opportunities, serving as a liaison with businesses and helping students hone skills employers want them to master...

What’s in a name? Third graders learn at museum

All district third graders spend two days at the museum to wrap up the Michigan unit of the social studies curriculum...

To Australia with love

Area students are spearheading fundraisers to support those affected by bushfires in Australia that have been burning for months...
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Virtual career exploration a hit with students

The district helped shape the online program, which is now being used to varying degrees by a handful of area schools...

‘Middle school’s gonna love you’

The annual rite of passage for fifth graders was modified because of safety measures to help curb the spread of the coronavirus...

‘We have a newspaper? I want to join’

When teachers were tasked to come up with and lead two-week courses in January on topics of interest to them, Melissa Moens created the Crossroads Chronicle...
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