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Feeding Hungry Students

As a school secretary, Robin DeLine notices the needs of students who walk into her office -- especially the hungry ones. One day she began wondering how she could help those hungry children. “I was like, ‘If I could...

‘Lost Boy’ from Sudan Inspires Teachers, Offers Hope in Midst of Tragedy

Deng Jongkuch spoke of the horrors he survived, and the children he later helped, as one of the Lost Boys of Sudan. But his story of Africa inspired more than 300 teachers and administrators in Cedar Springs. At a back-to-school...

District Hops into New School Year with Positive Message

High school biology and chemistry teacher Edward Johns has always believed his job is to help students become the "best versions of themselves." But he says training sessions offered by the district this summer have given him a new...

The quest for scientific discovery

New curriculum has students discovering scientific principles on their own before memorizing them...

Area Schools Receive HEARTSafe Designation for Cardiac Preparedness

Kent Transition Center, the Tech Center, and Cedar Springs public schools are among the 40 Michigan schools to recieve recognition for the new MI HEARTSafe School designation by the Michigan Departments of Community Health (MDCH), Education (MDE), Michigan Alliance...

‘Don’t think just because you’re a kid you can’t do it’

Chloe Grifhorst and Lily Howland love reading books, especially fiction by authors like John Green and Margaret Peterson Haddix. They want others in Cedar Springs to enjoy books whenever they want, for free. So the enterprising sixth-graders from Red Hawk...

Gifts from the Hearts of Staff

Holidays are times for sharing and school administrators are making sure their students have something extra during the winter break. Since many New Beginnings High School students find much of their support system at school, explained Superintendent Laura VanDuyn, staff...

‘I’ll be Forever Grateful,’ Single Mom Says of Community’s Help

Flossie Bliss has a strong faith in God, but her faith in people has been renewed. The Cedar Springs single mother of four was astonished by the generosity of community members who came to her aid after they read of...

A Friend’s Message on Suicide: ‘This is For Real’

Before the opening credits to a film about suicide, freshman Noah McGee took the stage at Cedar Springs High School to share his painful, personal experience with such tragedy. At the podium, football jersey tucked into his jeans, Noah shared...

Dealing with effects of e-cigarettes on school agenda

With incidents of vaping on school grounds on the rise, school officials are stepping up efforts to get information to students...

First Year Teacher Preps for Success

It’s about halfway through her French 1 class and Mary Beth Hills is sitting on an exercise ball – one of the few times she hasn’t been pacing around the room. “Are you ready for the first French words you’ll...

Lessons are About Plants, Animals and Life Itself

In a back corner of Larry Reyburn’s science classroom, at the back end of Cedar Springs High School, 39 trout swim in a tank. There they will grow throughout the school year, fed by students who will measure their...

Make them Feel ‘Valued, Capable and Loved’

School: Cedar Trails Other positions you have held in education: I was a principal and early childhood director for DeWitt Public Schools for three years; an early childhood specialist for Ingham ISD for three years; and a Great Start Readiness...

Retiring Cedar Superintendent Acts More Like He’s Just Begun

Ron McDermed walks from classroom to classroom, sits in little chairs, takes notes and peers over students' shoulders as they work. He seems as much learner as superintendent during these morning rounds at Cedar View Elementary School, a regular...

Helping Teen Parents ‘Go As Far As They Want to Go’

It had been a week since Robert Brant met with Shelley Bauer, a teen parent educator, and he had big news. He could now begin visiting his nearly 2-year-old son by an estranged former girlfriend. “How do you feel about this?” Bauer...

Reading initiative shows early positive results

Where there is a problem, there is a solution. So when scores indicated that many Cedar Trails Elementary students would not meet state of Michigan reading guidelines, the school implemented a Reading Now Network program customized for its students. With guidance...
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