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Phil de Haan hails from Exeter, Ontario, but has called Grand Rapids home since 1985. He is the son of a longtime public school teacher who taught both English and machine shop! Phil took both classes at South Huron District High School, but English stuck, and at Calvin College, where he met his wife, Sue, he majored in English and minored in journalism. His background includes both freelance writing and public relations work, including teaching an advertising and PR course at the college level. In the summer of 2019, he began his own freelance writing and communications business. In his spare time, Phil plays pick-up hockey and pickleball and tries to keep tabs on his two adult children. Read Phil's full bio or email Phil.

State funding drop drives $10.6 million budget cut

At a meeting on Monday, June 29, the Grand Rapids Board of Education approved a budget for 2020-21 that includes $10.6 million in cuts...

Parents say in-person, full time instruction is best, but are concerned about keeping families...

A recent survey of Kent County parents shows high confidence in the quality of traditional, in-person instruction but significant worry about safety in keeping families safe from COVID-19...

‘I’m a 2020 grad, and wouldn’t want it any other way’

Across Kent County schools had to scramble to revamp graduation activities in a time of COVID-19...

Museum, library seek stories of pandemic for future generations

Poignant submissions from Kent County students are sprinkled throughout the growing collections of COVID-19 stories on the websites of both the Grand Rapids Public Library and the Grand Rapids Public Museum...

Students invited to climb aboard ‘The Reading Train’ once again

In a time of COVID-19, a resurrected show on a local community access TV station returns to the timelessness of storytelling...

Middle schoolers try out acting chops in theater club

Students in art and theater after-school clubs at Kelloggsville Middle School prepared the backdrops and performed three short skits in the school cafeteria...

‘A GRPS education can take you anywhere’

GRPS alumni have a new place to come together to share stories that will uplift and bring people together...

Maintaining the bridge

Schools being closed because of COVID-19 hasn't changed their mission or their focus, just the ways they get their job done...

Best of the best: City High Middle rated tops in Michigan

City High Middle moved up one spot in 2020 to become the top-ranked high school in Michigan...

She’s ‘small but mighty’ and ready to fly

Despite a time of homelessness in ninth grade, and the COVID-19 school closure as a senior, Kelloggsville senior Naudia Potts is set to graduate and has been accepted to Central Michigan University where she will major in social work...

New academy preps students for hospitality, tourism careers

A new academy at Ottawa Hills High School aims to prepare students for good careers in hospitality and tourism...

Suddenly serving up thousands of pick-up meals with a smile

Switching from serving students in their buildings to handing out food curbside is a whole new thing for schools...

Working from concrete to abstract in Algebra 2

Popsicle-stick Ferris wheels are just one more way to teach important mathematics concepts at Kelloggsville’s 54th Street Academy...

Rallying to feed families

While alarming news regarding the novel coronavirus continues to unfold nationwide, Kent County teachers, administrators, food service workers and community volunteers are coming together to make sure students and families continue to have plenty of food while their schools are closed...

What does the 2020 Census have to do with school lunch?

With some funding dependent on census data, school districts help spread the word on this key count of residents...

Kelloggsville voters to decide sinking fund request

If approved on May 5, the request would mean about 96 cents a week for a $100,000 home but would allow the district to fund a long list of already-identified projects without borrowing or paying long term interest debt...
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