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Couple’s Generosity Honored in Renaming High School Auditorium

Mike and Alice Holton gave much to Cedar Springs. From the renovation of Skinner Field at the middle school and the Main Street pedestrian bridge, to the high school auditorium band shell, they poured their hearts and resources into...

Fourth-graders spread goodwill with ‘Wake Up the World Wednesdays’

For three years Cedar View fourth graders have been pausing mid-week to make sure they and those around them find joy

‘I Hope They Feel That I Love Them’

Libby Metiva’s seventh-graders were spread out in her classroom and the adjoining hallway, working in small groups on the answer to a science experiment: Why did an egg immersed in corn syrup shrivel? Some students just weren’t getting it. Metiva...

‘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...

At Home on the Range

"Zinga, zinga, zinga, zoo." "Higher ... now higher ... still higher," said vocal teacher Linda Tata. The boys repeated the melodic phrase in higher and higher tones -- and then lower and lower -- until each reached the end of his...

Vietnam Vets Bring Realities of War Back Home to Students

Speaking to juniors at their alma mater, a pair of Vietnam veterans provided students both with historical perspective and a lesson more personal. Chuck Smith and Tom Hoskins told a Cedar Springs High School history class of the war's gritty...

Car Crash Couldn’t Stop Him from Walking – or Marching

Editor's Note: This is the first of a series about students who have had to overcome unusual challenges and hardships to graduate this spring. Kaleb Robinson loves to play drums in the Cedar Springs High School marching band. But after...

Students Sock It to the Community

As soon as the class decided on its next charity project, eighth-grader Kolten Wolf was on board. "When I heard about 'Socktober' I texted all of my cousins and asked everyone I knew to help out," he said. By the...

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...

Families Get to Learn, Listen and Munch with Students

Parents packed the hallways and classrooms of Cedar Trails Elementary School recently, as kindergarten students invited their families for a day to see what they were learning. Parents and other relatives sat in on instructional workshops on reading, writing and...
Eli Howland, left, helps Brooke Derosia do an exercise using geometric shapes

Students Get Math by Getting Together

The first thing you notice about Andrew Smith's math class is that he isn't teaching it. Yet his students seem to be learning a lot. The Beach Elementary second-graders are scattered into half a dozen small groups, intently doing math...

This Time Last Year: From Ashes of Tragedy, Schools Brighten Family’sChristmas

Christmas was still nearly two weeks away. But judging by the excitement of Kim Fisk’s two daughters, you might think Santa had just made an early delivery to Cedar Trails Elementary School. “Mommy, lookit!” squealed Lonnitta, a kindergartener at Cedar...

Student Reports News, Boosts Spirits at Cedar Springs

Alex Hughes walks this way and that through the Cedar Springs High School student television studio, nervously collecting equipment for the biggest interview he’s done. A well-loved history teacher, Scott Hazel, has been diagnosed with cancer. He is awaiting word...

For These Seniors, Degrees Already in Sight

Three years ago, 25 district sophomores decided to get an early start on college. All are well on their way to graduating this fall, having already saved thousands on higher education. Enrolled in the district's Middle College program -- a...

Getting Kids Fired Up About Math

Educators in Cedar Springs have a new equation for teaching kids math. It all adds up to total success in the classroom. Teachers at Beach Elementary School came together to teach kids how to become mathematical thinkers and problem solvers....

‘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...
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