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When there's time – and usually there's not – Dan Takens will pilot his car the 10 or 11 miles from his office at Byron Center Public Schools to one of his favorite lunchtime eateries in Eastown. It's there, often...

EGR, Byron Center Students Win National Art Awards

A Byron Center middle and East Grand Rapids High School student were recently awarded national silver medals in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards contest, placing them among the top 1 percent of about 230,000 pieces of work submitted...

High School Teacher Leads Colleagues in African Cultural Exchange

When Byron Center High School history teacher Jim Moore told colleagues about his ongoing missionary work at schools in Zambia, Africa, he always got the same response: "I would love to do that." Many conversations unfolded that way, leading Moore...

African Theme Touches Both School, Community

Smiles of African third graders lit up the projector screen in art teacher Rachael Ambroso's class as Countryside Elementary School students received greetings via video from their faraway pen pals. Student Kira Wilson laughed as her pal, Princessa, a student...

Byron Center Middle School Students Awarded $40,000 for Eco-Friendly Projects

After inspiring classmates to reduce electricity use "one pedal at a time," a team of Byron Center West Middle School eighth-graders felt compelled to help communities around the world, filter by filter. Eco Challenge team members -- "just nine kids...

Soup Swap Provides Ill Teacher with Ready-Made Meals

Nickels Intermediate School teacher Deb Balk is constantly warming the hearts of people around her, colleagues say, so it made perfect sense to give her something comforting while she undergoes treatment for cancer. More than 20 teachers participated in a...

Third-grade Reading Legislation Could Hold Back Thousands

Brown Elementary School students discussed the actions of a boasting rabbit and patient tortoise in Gayle Corey’s third-grade class as they considered characters, setting, problem and solution in Aesop’s classic fable. Then Corey challenged them to write a summary. “Go back,...

BC Principals, Board Member Take on Ironman Challenge to Help Students

When it comes to setting a good example for students, two Byron Center principals and a Board of Education member are making an ironclad commitment. Dubbed the “BC Ironmen,” Byron Center High School Principal Scott Joseph, Nickels Intermediate School Principal...

Superintendents Join Forces to Improve Regional Reading Scores

West Michigan educators are taking a collaborative approach to boost third-grade student reading proficiency up to the 80 percent mark in five years. Superintendents are joining forces in the new Region 3West Michigan K-3 Reading Now Network to glean knowledge...

Team Manager Sinks Three-pointers to Cheers of Teammates

"It's Kyle Bu-Bu-Bu-Bu-Bu-Bu-B!" The booming voice echoed through the gymnasium, over the sound of a dribbling basketball, just before eighth-grade student Kyle Bueche threw up a three-point shot. While it was a regular Tuesday afternoon following lunch at Byron Center West...

Byron Center Video Students Win “Best of Show”

Byron Center High School students Tyler Clifton and Aspen Comar know their way around a film studio. The young directors get the right camera angle, capture expressions, showcase scenery and share stories and messages through video. They recently shot videos...

Early Learning Means Advantages for Children, Communities

The benefits of a quality early childhood education are many in terms of preparing students for later grades. According to Byron Center Early Childhood Director Melissa Thomas, this includes exposure to new information during the first four years of...

Byron Center Win Time a Big Hit

Byron Center High School sophomores Andrew Rellinger, Jesse Ursiny, Trace Horvath and Vinh Tran spent a recent Wednesday morning sitting in the school hallway with a laptop making a video for extra credit on gene scanning for genetic codes. In...

Hand2Hand Ministries Provide Students Food for Weekend

 The backpacks hang, waiting in student lockers in the morning, then go home filled with nourishing food for the weekend. They are vehicles for feeding children healthy meals, delivered through the three-year-old Byron Center extension of Hand2Hand Ministries.  The program,...

Byron Center West Middle School gets Weather Lesson from Teri DeBoer

Byron Center West Middle School students learned the answers to some interesting questions about weather phenomena from meteorologist Terri DeBoer recently. “Who knows why we hear thunder?” she asked students. She equated the sound to opening a pop can,...

Local Students Win Prizes in Statewide Film Competition

Eating healthy, anti-bullying, diversity, exercise and safety were a few of the topics high school students from across the state chose to share messages about making great choices. Students from across the state took home $21,000 worth of prizes for...
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