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Dianne Carroll Burdick has worked as a photojournalist in the West Michigan area since 1991. A graduate of Western Michigan University, she has photographed for The Grand Rapids Press, USA Today, Sports Illustrated, Detroit Free Press, Advance Newspapers, Grand Rapids Magazine, BLUE Magazine and On-the-Town Magazine. She has been covering the many exciting and thought provoking stories of K-12 public education for School News Network since 2016.

A creature to comfort students: ‘She brings me happiness’

At North Rockford Middle School, a trained counseling assistance dog is helping students manage their stress, focus on their work and feel better about themselves...

Curious kids and adults explore robots, recycling and gadgets galore

Children and adults got a chance to make interesting 'stuff' as the Grand Rapids Maker Faire took over the Grand Rapids Public Museum at the end of August...

College makes extra effort to get students enrolled

In an effort to get all prospective students enrolled and ready for class this semester, community college staff used a two-fold approach: outreach and a one-stop event for students to get connected to all sorts of services...

Welcome to kindergarten!

The district’s four elementary schools hosted a two-hour Kindergarten Smart Start the Friday before school started to help little ones feel comfortable with their new surroundings...

Dean Transportation: It’s all about the kids

Dean Transportation, which carries some 80,000 students to and from school in Michigan, operates on a philosophy of caring for each one of them under the leadership of Kellie Dean, a former special-education teacher...

What’s not to love? Bubbles, water, music, art and the Gardens

Hundreds of children and their families enjoyed a summer evening at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in May. This Laugh and Learn event takes place annually for families participating in Kent ISD’s Early Childhood programs...

‘I gave it my all’

Retiring after seven years as superintendent, and 44 working for Grand Rapids Public Schools, Teresa Weatherall Neal said she is proud of the work she did to help students believe in themselves...

Innovation brought to life

Students in Kentwood’s’ gifted and talented program presented long-term projects on innovation at Discovery Elementary -- everything from drones and phones to light bulbs and 3-D printing...

Pine Grove Learning Center offers profoundly challenged students an opportunity to learn

The Pine Grove Learning Center is where 103 of the most challenged special education students and their families in Southwest Kent County find unconditional acceptance. They also find an opportunity to learn and grow despite their physical and learning disabilities...

Students progress despite their impairments at Pine Grove Learning Center

Teachers at the Pine Grove Learning Center take the long approach as they work with severely impaired students who attend the center-based program, which will transition from Grand Rapids Public Schools to Kent ISD this summer...

‘Amazing’ teachers at Pine Grove offer a beacon of hope for students like Evan

Despite his multiple impairments, 14-year-old Evan Valdivia is learning to respond to others around him thanks to teamwork by his family and the staff at Pine Grove Learning Center...

Workshop offers students with special needs a day of fun and learning

Nearly 300 students from Kent, Ionia and Montcalm counties gathered at the Building Healthy Relationships conference sponsored by a grant aimed at promoting positive behavior among at-risk youth...

Alpine Elementary leans on KSSN to improve attendance and academic gains

Alpine Elementary shows off its Kent School Services Network program to 50 visiting community school directors. KSSN provides the basics for children and families such as clothes, food, money and relationships...

‘Only so much time, and so much to see’

This year’s event featured 116 employers showcasing more than 150 careers. Among the more than 10,000 students at DeVos Center, 300 were from the Kenowa Hills district, the most of any in Kent County...

Nick Minnema – special and driven, for all the right reasons

The Forest Hills Transition Center student and athlete competed this month at the Special Olympics World Games half a world away – in the United Arab Emirates’ capital city of Abu Dhabi, as well as the UAE’s largest city, Dubai...

For the love of STEM

GRCC faculty and students led middle schoolers during 'Fall In Love with STEM,' an event featuring exploration stations on a recent Saturday...
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