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Senator Talks Talent with Students, Educators, Employers

Senator Debbie Stabenow invited a group of some 40 employers, local school, college and skilled trades group representatives to join her at Kent Career Tech Center this week to brainstorm about the work-talent gap. “The hands-on, making things and building...

Schools work to minimize impact of #polarvortex2019 on district calendars, classrooms

As classes resume this week, principals and teachers are scrambling to make up for lost instruction time, as superintendents prepare to ask the state to ease rules on how many snow days they’re permitted...
Jeffrey Larsen, Lowell High School AP literature teacher, would rather be armed with school supplies

Local educators on school shootings: ‘Arming teachers is not the answer’

Kent County teachers and principals agree more must be done to stop mass school shootings, but say arming teachers is not the answer. More resources for mental health counselors and stricter firearms requirements are needed to keep students safe, they say

Surprise! Good Vision and Learning are Linked

Marley Beauchamp slips on a pair of 3-D glasses, but it's not because she plans to munch popcorn while watching a popular animated film. Instead, Kent County Health Department vision and hearing technician Denise Knight holds in front of the...

Call for film fest entries

With its origins in Byron Center, the festival attracts hundreds of video submissions each year. Deadline this year is Feb. 8. Previously for high school students, a classroom category has been added for K-8...

Great Things to Do!

Looking for things for a family to do? If you have young children, be sure to check out Play, Learn, Explore on Saturday. Don’t miss the inaugural Play, Learn, Explore! Early Childhood Resource Fair, Saturday, April 23, 9am-1pm at Kent...

Through music and movement, students with disabilities learn life skills

At Lincoln School, students with autism, multiple impairments and cognitive disorders learn through movement, music and story thanks to a partnership with Grand Rapids Ballet...

Young Chefs Camp, Through the Eyes of High School Journalists

This week’s edition is dedicated to the work of high school students from public schools across West Michigan, who attended SNN’s inaugural journalism camp in July, thanks to a grant from Gannett Foundation. Omelettes and Pizzas and Onions, Oh My! by...

‘It Takes All of Us to Make This Work’

It was the first day of school during Byron Garrett's second year as principal when he met a kindergartner who spoke no English. Garrettt spoke no Spanish. He had no way to tell her how to get to the playground,...

Trip to March for Our Lives in D.C. motivates students to ‘make the change’...

City High School’s Caleb Hekman was one of a group of 42 local students who went to the national March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C.

Adults, students hold discourse on challenges facing teens

Kent County adults who work with youth in various fields joined several high school students in addressing that question during Wedgwood Christian Services’ recent State of the Child event ...

Health Department has one word for measles: vaccinate

While the recent measles scare may be over, the issues for parents, schools and communities remain...

‘I Know I’ve Got a Lot to Learn’

Sostika Monger realizes she needs help in mastering the process of fulfilling a longtime dream. So in between peering at X-rays and handling prosthetics, the East Kentwood sophomore gained valuable experience toward entering the field of pediatrics during Thursday's third...

Dyslexia Causes Struggles for Students, but They Can Still Excel

What do Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Thomas Edison and approximately 20 percent of students have in common? They have been forced to approach learning differently due to dyslexia. Dyslexia is a reading difficulty that slows the development of reading skills,...

Nurturing the In-between Years: It’s All About Relationships

Middle school is a notoriously tough time for students, as they make the transition from well-ordered elementary school to increasingly independent high school. In Kent County, administrators are starting to increase focus on these in-between years, with promising results. Godwin...
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