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‘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...

Students’ ‘Giving Hearts’ Help Needy Families

Some families at Beach Elementary School have needs of their own, but that didn’t stop them from helping out others for Thanksgiving. Students and their parents raised $1,900 in a week-long “Coins for Turkeys” fund drive to support Thanksgiving...

Poverty Persists Out in the Country, Out of Sight

Nine-year-old Marisol is doing handstands and 16-year-old Rocio makes a peanut butter sandwich as their mother describes her dreams for them. “I want them to be self-sufficient,” Flossie Bliss says of her daughters, who also include Gloria, 13, and Stephanie,...

Author to Teachers: Don’t Fear the Common Core!

Dave Stuart Jr. has a bit of advice for his colleagues when it comes to teaching the Common Core: Don’t freak out. The Cedar Springs High School English and history teacher knows whereof he speaks. Stuart has read the entire...

Walk-a-Thon Raises Funds for Cedar Springs Elementary PTO

More than 2,000 students, staff and volunteer circled the track at Red Hawk Football Stadium to raise more than $24,000 for the Cedar Springs Elementary PTO. The recent walk-a-thon was the PTO's fundraiser for the year, generating money for...

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....

New Cedar Schools Chief: ‘It’s All About the Kids’

During the second week of school in her first year as superintendent of Cedar Springs Public Schools, Laura VanDuyn got a call no school official wants to get. A 4-year-old preschooler had accidentally been left on a bus, where he...

Coach Honored for Molding Winners on Field and Off

Make no mistake: Coach Gus Kapolka loves to win. And his Cedar Springs High School football team is quite good at it, going 3-1 through its first four games this season. For his players, however, victories don’t come only on...

Schools Feed Students’ Tummies and Minds over the Summer

Carmen Grant eagerly read aloud a Mother Goose story about a little boy who looks after the sheep, while Debby Brown held the book open for her and listened intently. “He’s under the hay-cock. Will you wake him?” 7-year-old Carmen...

Students Remember Scott Hazel, Beloved Teacher and Man of Faith

Whether it was art or the history of war, you could count on a class taught by Scott Hazel to be fun and challenging. So says Darrick Liggett, who had the Cedar Springs High School teacher for both courses. “He...

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...

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...

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...

New Superintendent ‘Thrilled’ to Be Back Home

Laura VanDuyn and her husband, Randy, had long wanted to return from California to their native Michigan and raise their two children here. So when she saw a job posting for a new superintendent in Cedar Springs Public Schools,...
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...

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...
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