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Third graders learn to listen — with help from drums, other noisemakers

Students from schools throughout West Michigan get introduced to the big world of percussion instruments through presentations by Bill Vits, principal percussionist for the Grand Rapids Symphony...

‘Doing art well is what matters’

A young artist took home a national award and has pledged to put his winnings toward his family’s future home...

Turning the page toward equity

An effort to increase diversity in books in the district has resulted in an allocation of $1,500 per teacher for new titles, and a continued priority to keep shelves stocked and current...

Creating a picture of community and kindness

Students’ drawings were incorporated by artist Mary Bent-Buist into a mural expressing a moving message: 'One kind word can change someone’s entire story'...

Fourth graders from across city cross lines with pictures on ‘Flexible Fence’

A collaboration of GRPS, artist Eliza Fernand, ArtPrize and PNC Bank, the 6-foot-high 'Flexible Fence' features more than 1,000 pictures by fourth graders from 26 schools...

A stroll through the city means a walk through art

The area’s youngest students discovered art in the city during a morning event offered by Project 1, by ArtPrize...

Thanks to dedicated artists, city snowplows will be hard to miss

Over the past couple weeks, art teachers led third and fourth graders from all three elementary schools in decorating a trio of city snowplow blades...

SmartArt competition winner finds inspiration in art, science classes

C.A. Frost Environmental Science Academy junior Cindy Mazariegos-Barrios was so sure she wasn't going to win the 2019 SmartArt competition, she forgot to mention the big event where they announced the winner to her parents. Oops...

Not one, but two local high school bands to play Detroit Jazz Fest

The pair of West Michigan jazz bands will be two of just six high school ensembles to play at the internationally renowned four-day festival, in its 40th year...

Heavy-metal ready

Fourteen students, including several women, graduated from the first cohort of Metallica Scholars, an eight-week welding course...

Listening to stories: not just for elementary kids

Read-alouds are pretty much a daily standard in elementary schools. But in middle school? Not as much. SNN visited classrooms in two districts where students are all ears for them...

KDL Kid Picks: Caleb Black

Caleb Black from Crestwood Elementary School in Rockford reviews ‘The Animal Book’ by David Burnie...

KDL Kid Picks: Ella Black

Ella Black from Crestwood Elementary School in Rockford reviews ‘Geronimo Stilton’ by Edizioni Piemme...

Students learn skills the fun way: making music

A group of Alto Elementary students took part in 10 one-hour sessions with a music therapist at the Franciscan Life Process Center, thanks to a grant from the Lowell Education Foundation...

Young actor headed to Big Apple stage

Eric Liu qualified for a national musical theater competition by being named Best Leading Actor in the state of Michigan at the Sutton Foster Ovation Awards at the Wharton Center in East Lansing...

KDL Kid Picks: Aubree Black

KDL Kids Book Club Reader Aubree Black, 10, shares thoughts on 'Wayside School' by Louis Sachar...
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