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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.

Parents, Teachers, Students Connect Over Breakfast & Books

Parent Cafes at three Grandville elementary schools are once again proving popular. The periodic gatherings, held for six school years in either the morning or evening, usually draw between 60 and 160 parents and their children. The goal, said organizer...

Students Explore Michigan History at Local Museum

Nearly 30 students in Diane Titche's Murray Lake Elementary third-grade class crowded into the 1960s exhibit room of the Lowell Area Historical Museum recently for a brief introduction from Director Lisa Plank. Before they headed off to explore on their...

High School Earns International Baccalaureate Designation

You definitely could call East Grand Rapids High School sophomores Clara Luce and Keegan Sullivan avid learners. "Just talking about learning, to me, is really very exciting," said Clara. "I think just thinking about thinking is interesting, and I'm willing to...

Celebrating Chinese Culture All Year

As a college student, Yang Du pictured himself teaching English to students in his native China. Instead, he's teaching his native Chinese to students in the U.S. And he said students here show even more curiosity and enthusiasm for...

Ethics Questions Challenge Essay Contestants

Jessica Schick and Samara Martin had different approaches to their entries in the annual Rotary Club of Grandville-Jenison oratory contest. Jessica chose to write about a bad decision she made: "the only time ever in my life I have been...

High School TEDx to “Burst Bubbles”

Just about a year ago, Marie Lachance could sum up her state of mind as “nervous but hopeful,” though her friend Anna Laffrey would also add “stressed.” This year, with the second annual TEDxEastGrandRapidsHigh just around the corner, Lachance...

Student Group Explores Latest Assistive Technology

Tony Bonofiglo was trying to be as helpful as possible to the woman sitting across from him. She was wearing a blue plastic band on her head with a playing card tucked inside. The card had a picture of...

Poet, Rapper Teaches Sixth-Graders to Let the Words Flow

Sixth-graders at East Elementary recently got to work with an award-winning wordsmith who writes music they can relate to. Before they learned his method of composing, they learned how to clear their minds in order to give all that...

Students, Educators Show Off the Latest and Greatest in Teaching & Learning

More than 100 educators, business people and students from across the region are expected to participate in NovaNow, a two-day conference that spotlights innovations in teaching and learning, from new ways to battle bullying to teaching math skills through...

300 Area Students Get Inside Local Companies on Groundhog Shadow Day

Miko Poot’s father worked with his hands, and that’s what the Wyoming High School senior imagines he’ll spend his professional life doing. But just how he's not sure. So Miko took advantage of an opportunity this week to job-shadow...

District Seeks Tax Renewals, Full Headlee Funding

East Grand Rapids Public Schools is the only Kent County school district with a March 8 tax proposal -- a trio of them, in fact. The requests are not new for the district, but Superintendent Sara Shubel thinks they...

Studying Human DNA with Help from 3-D Printers

Noah Korhorn thinks working with 3-D printers, where hours of computer calculations become a three-dimensional reality, would make for a pretty cool workday. “Seeing it come out is the moment of truth,” he said. The Lowell High School freshman's fascination with technology...

New Technology Helps Kindergartners with Math

Lakeside Elementary kindergartner Charlotte Kanaan stood beside teacher Shannon Mitchell and worked through a math problem, which her classmates could see thanks to a document camera that beamed her actions through an overhead projector. Today’s lesson: 11s and 12s,...

History, Geography Collide with Writing, Art and Math in ‘Around the World’ Exploration

Lilly Vydareny said doing school lessons strictly from books is “sometimes pretty boring.” So when her fifth-grade class at Lakeside Elementary started an interactive “Journey Around the World” unit to learn about famous explorers, she was pretty excited. “We get to...

Fun Furniture Invites Readers into New Learning Commons

Teacher Katie McIntosh’s kindergartners made their way into Lakeside Elementary’s recently opened Learning Commons and quickly made themselves right at home. A group of girls selected books from the easy reader section and draped themselves over soft, movable lightweight blocks....

Hitting the Airwaves for Clean Water

A group of Forest Hills Central Middle and Northern Trails ⅚ School students (now at Northern Hills Middle) were on the air this month promoting good care of the earth. Students worked with WGVU radio and television last school year...
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Trail cleanup, chicken hatching & the importance of keeping routines

Counselor RJ Boudro connects with students via social media while relishing time at home with his wife and children...

‘One person can change so much for so many’

'I think people need to recognize there’s something greater than themselves at stake'...

For seniors, a memorable finale cut short

Area high school seniors talk about their worries, and offer valuable perspective to their peers and others on the statewide school closure...
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