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‘It Saves People’s Lives’

Andrea Lewis doesn't think of herself as someone with the bottomless drive to tackle any problem. But she also won't back away from issues she deems important. Those include navigating a winding process to secure a valuable piece of lifesaving...

The Art of Economics

Erin Quick has heard policy debates for as long as she can remember, but a challenging assignment that combines economics with art left her with a new take on both fields of study. A junior at Kent Innovation High School,...

A ‘Battler’ who Wouldn’t Settle for Less

Brittney Schnicke's first thought as she stared at her limp, badly damaged fingers was not whether she would be able to keep them, or how the accident would affect her future. And it wasn't whether she would ever regain normal...

Yelling, Crying and Hugging: All in a (Sub) Day’s Work

Editor's note: As schools in Kent ISD and elsewhere struggle with a shortage of substitute teachers, School News Network reporter Steve Vedder shares his experiences as a longtime sub for Kentwood Public Schools. Sub Shortage Continues; Bills Aim to Widen...

Video Chat Piques Interest in Reading, Writing

Jaxson Wilder isn't sure he will ever become an author, but at least he now has an idea of what it takes. Jaxson and his fellow fifth-graders at Cummings Elementary were able to ask questions via Skype with California-based children's...

Health Forum to Tackle Opioid Crisis

The Kent County Medical Society Alliance will hold a forum next week to educate parents and guardians about the opioid epidemic, which one official calls a "national crisis." Held in conjunction with Families Against Narcotics of Grand Rapids, the May...

Student Brings STEM to Nearby District

A Central Woodlands fifth-grader turned a little TV-watching time into a golden opportunity to reach students who maybe haven't had the same opportunities she has at her school. Inspired by a commercial, Hannah Levy applied for a $500 grant from...

Simultaneous Kite-Making Launches Goodwill Across Oceans

Homemade kites connected elementary students nearly 2,000 miles apart as part of what they dubbed "One World, One Sky." Students from Forest Hills Central, Eastern and Northern high schools spent time at Ada Elementary helping construct kites, at the same...

Leaders to Young Males: Make Smart Choices

Nathaniel Stanley knows how easy it would have been to take the wrong path. The Davenport University sophomore said that's the importance of conferences like the 2nd Annual African-American Male Conference held at Grand Rapids Community College. The message of...

‘We Wanted to Thank Them’

Frank Budnick remembers the shock after stepping off his ship in Seattle. A few months after being in Yokohama Harbor to witness the Japanese surrender on the battleship USS Missouri that ended World War II, the Lowell native had been...

And the Wheels on the Bus are Children’s Feet

Tyonna Jackson ordinarily enjoys the four-block walk to school, but there was one brutal day this winter when riding a bus would have come in handy. Still, she braved the elements because she had the next best thing to a...

ASL Helps Students ‘See From a Global Perspective’

Gabe Vogt has no problem honing his sign language skills. It's the ideal way, he said, to communicate with his older brother, Aden, who is hearing impaired. The third-grader at Meadow Brook Elementary took advantage of a visit from Central...

For Stressed Students, a Pooch Can be Calming

It's probably one of the last places you would expect to see man's best friend, but Kim Heys thinks it could be the wave of the future. Picture a troubled youngster sitting in a counselor's office. The student is upset...

‘No Sense Keeping Knowledge to Yourself’

Vishnu Mano was selling homemade lemonade at home over the summer when a better way of doing business dawned on him. The Knapp Forest Elementary sixth-grader decided to enhance his stand -- called "Chubby Yoda's Organic" -- by cross-promoting it...

Martial Arts Champ Fights Back Against Bullying

Olivia Allen believes there's nothing more valuable than firsthand knowledge. So when the president of the Kenowa Hills anti-bullying club, Knights Lights, listened to Mariah Moore speak about her experiences of being bullied in high school, Olivia didn't want to...

On Groundhog Day, Students See Possible Careers

Elijah Becker, a freshman at East Grand Rapids High School, already has a plan for his future: working in video editing or visual effects design. Spending part of a day job-shadowing at ManoByte, a Grand Rapids marketing agency, gave...
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