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Looking back: Bigs and Littles find rewarding relationships

To celebrate our 10th anniversary, your School News Network team is re-publishing some early stories from each school district. This story, originally published in December 2013, explores how Thornapple Kellogg Public Schools built 'Big' and 'Little' relationships to spur academic success.

Riley Kelley

Riley Kelley is a reporter covering Cedar Springs, Grand Rapids, East Grand Rapids and Sparta school districts. An award-winning journalist, Riley spent eight years with the Ludington Daily News, reporting, copy editing, paginating and acting as editor for its weekly entertainment section. He also contributed to LDN’s sister publications, Oceana’s Herald-Journal and the White Lake Beacon. His reporting on issues in education and government has earned accolades from the Michigan Press Association and Michigan Associated Press Media Editors.

High school students: design a better future

Juniors and seniors in the workshop will work in teams to create compelling solutions — whether a product, service, or business model — to solve ‘wicked problems’ facing the West Michigan region...

Holiday tips for young children and children with autism

Sometimes a child’s tolerance for new environments, experiences, and people can vary. Our partners at Wedgwood Christian Services offer some advice for navigating the holidays...

Remembering the big picture of education

A Grandville High School graduate’s project to save salamanders in the U.P. offers a model for “big-picture” education, a Van Andel Institute for Education editor says...