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Living in cars, campers, motels and ‘doubled-up,’ homeless students struggle to succeed

Schools -- urban, suburban and rural -- are seeing increased numbers of homeless students and fewer options for housing because of high rents and scarce vacancies...
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Knowledge revealed, in powerful exhibit on human anatomy

Learning about the effects of smoking is one thing. Seeing inside an actual human lung charred by cancerous cells is quite another. The traveling exhibition 'Bodies Revealed,' now on display at the Grand Rapids Public Museum...

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...

New robotics class brings 21st century tech skills

The class is new this year, as the district attempts to introduce its students to STEM courses earlier in their education...

School starts Fridays with a dance party

Twenty minutes of frenetic movement builds pre-learning excitement, discourages tardiness and even gets parents in line...

Flex Academy offers students another path to graduation

The new academy, which replaces the Career Academy, is staffed by one full-time teacher. Several other teachers drop by during appointed hours to help out in specific subjects...

Cops and campers bond over cool summer experiences

Deputies from the Kent County Sheriff’s Department hosted a week-long day ‘Camp CP With A Deputy’ for fourth and fifth graders at Stoney Creek Elementary School. Camp organizer Julie Brown, a resource officer at Comstock Park High School, said the camp was designed to build rapport between youth and cops...

York Creek camp offers fun, art, skill-building – and, of course, food!

Children and teens who live at York Creek Apartments can find fun and free meals at the York Creek Summer Program, an eight-week camp experience sponsored by Comstock Park Public Schools, Wedgwood Christian Services and Comstock Park Community Outreach Partners and more...

Plan failed? Draw up a new one

Two years ago, Chris Hribek was on a road to nowhere with failing grades, attendance issues and an attitude problem...

Chess players gain focus, swagger

A fast-paced chess tournament has become a popular diversion for some students at Comstock Park High School. Math teacher Peter Luczyk said his helps him get to know students...

Fourth-graders celebrate year’s end with overnight camping retreat

The school’s five fourth-grade teachers rely on about 40 parents to supervise some 120 students during the overnight stay at the Salvation Army’s Little Pine Island Camp...

Family Night blends reading and leadership

Pupils in grades K-2 at Stoney Creek Elementary combined their ‘Leader in Me’ and reading during a Family Night to celebrate Reading Month...

‘Who dunnit?’ Forensic students, in the classroom, with the pencil…

Comstock Park High School forensics students simulated and investigated murder scenes to test their skills learned in class...

Creating their own Christmas story

Fifth grade students at Pine Island Elementary put their acting skills to work for Christmas play...

All hands on deck!

In teacher Tony Molnar’s elementary STEM classes, students create and race homemade pirate ships following science standards...

‘Bring your best every day’

Katie Bredeweg, a second-grade teacher at Stoney Creek Elementary, talks about her experiences in the classroom and the lasting impact that a teacher can have...
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