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Ambassador to Her Own Personal U.N.

This is the sixth time Dottie Unrath has hosted exchange students, providing each a warm home from which to experience a new land. The first one, a boy from Sweden, fell in love with another student and eventually came back...

‘Thanks for Protecting Us’

Students learned about sacrifice and service when schools throughout Kent County honored servicemen and women with special ceremonies on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. Students saluted veterans with song and poetry, made thank-you cards and hugged parents and grandparents who...

Student-made ‘Vehicles’ Propelled by Science

It wasn't rocket science, but it pretty much forms the basis of it. Students in Meghan Butler and Tim Olson's eighth-grade science classes recently put Sir Isaac Newton's laws of motion to the test with a hands-on, inquiry based engineering...

Up Close with In-Demand Careers

Beginning a career in manufacturing after high school can pay off fast, said industry rep. Angie Huyghe. An apprentice in the toolroom can make a total $160,160 in the first four years after graduating from high school. By that time,...

Lights, Camera, Leadership!

It's 30 minutes until the end of the day at Pine Island Elementary, and in a tiny, vacant office inside the library a group of fifth-graders are nowhere near ready to leave. They've got a newscast to film. First, adviser...

Park Ranger for a Summer, Teacher of Nature All Year

The kindergartners in Cheryl Hutchings' class at Stoney Creek Elementary have a few ideas about what park rangers do. "They clean the water," Wyatt said. "They clean the dirt," added Blake. And from Aiden: "They help people stay safe." Hutchings, clearly delighted by...

Clothes Pins, Hot Glue and Elmo

District staff across Kent ISD busied themselves in the weeks and days leading up to today, readying their buildings and classrooms for students. Lowell Martha Hayden worked quietly but quickly to get her second-grade classroom at Cherry Creek Elementary in Lowell set...

Parking Lot Painted with ‘Positivity & Joy’

On a gray-grit city parking lot through some of this summer’s hottest days, a dozen students painted a bright path of hope. Their zig-zag creation of sunshine colors on West Fulton Street in Grand Rapids emerged from interviews with area...

Providing Food, Clothing for a ‘Very Giving Community’

The already humid atmosphere inside former classroom No. 8 in Greenridge Elementary School got even stuffier recently as families streamed into the cramped but tidy space. But nobody was complaining: They were there to shop for free clothing, home and...

Need Tutors? Call the Cool Kids (a.k.a High Schoolers)

On Tuesday afternoons, high school junior Cristina Essex and Emily Sternburgh make their way to Mill Creek Middle School Media Center to help sixth- through eighth-graders with their homework. It turns out, said middle-school students, Cristina and Emily know how...

Sculpting Real Helping Hands

A trio of Kent Career Tech Center 3D Animation students from Comstock Park and Sparta high schools recently had the opportunity to turn their class project into a life-changing helping hand – two of them in fact. Five-year-old Baylee Sherman...

Who Will Love the Worms? Kindergartners

One rainy spring afternoon, Stoney Park Elementary kindergartners discovered earthworms wiggling on the playground. When several students brought the squirmy creatures inside, teacher Cheryl Hutchings had an idea. What if they raised worms in class? Soon after that wormy day,...

Teacher Challenges Students to Think, Take Risks

Mike Swift flipped off the lights in his eighth-grade language arts classroom. He momentarily went into the hall, cracked open the door and peered in, staring. His students shrieked. Swift had created an image they are not likely to forget...

Reading Gets Campy in the Classroom

What better way to read a good story than in the dark with a flashlight? Add s’mores, tents and good friends. As part of March is Reading month activities, Pine Island Elementary third-graders in teacher Laura Lamoreaux’s class transformed their...

March Madness, Books Edition

Mill Creek Middle School students are narrowing top-rated books to declare their March Madness Tournament of Books final champion. Students began the tourney with 16 books, selected because they are award winners on the website Goodreads, and favorites among students...

Doing Your Best Earns Recognition

There’s a growing group of students at Mill Creek Middle School wearing green and yellow T-shirts with the words “Got PRIDE” on them. The sixth-through-eighth-graders received the shirts from staff in recognition of doing their personal best. PRIDE, which stands...
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