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Students Honor Dr. King by Giving Back

While scooping snacks into bags for local students in need, East Grand Rapids Middle School eighth-graders considered how their service was tied to Dr. Martin Luther King’s historic words: “Life’s most persistent and urgent message is: ‘What are you...

‘Fast Eddie’s’ Positive Attitude Creates Legacy That Transcends Custodial Services

There's fast, and then there's Fast Eddie. When it comes to expediency, longtime East Grand Rapids High School custodian Ed Michalec, better known as "Fast Eddie," is in a category all his own, his colleagues said. He's fast at his job,...

Summer Programs Push Participants to Think, Work Like Scientists

Six students sat hunched on the floor, writing on a poster bearing photos of penguins they’d taken the previous day at John Ball Zoo. Their task: identify the living and non-living things in their habitat those penguins need to...

Wyoming, EGR and TK superintendents announce retirements

Tom Reeder, superintendent of Wyoming Public Schools, and Sara Shubel, superintendent of East Grand Rapids Public Schools, announced their retirements last week, after Tom Enslen of Thornapple Kellogg announced his last month

Student interviews connect history with real people

For the fifth year, those in Tad VandenBrink’s U.S. History class got a chance to see how close they could get to someone who lived through and was uniquely affected by key events in the country...

High School Applying to Become International Baccalaureate School

Students in the East Grand Rapids High School Class of 2018 may have the option of graduating with a global diploma. The district just finished the first year of a three-year process to start an International Baccalaureate program for...

Start College Planning Early, Experts Say

Focus on your GPA, get involved, develop good study habits. Students can start preparing for college as early as freshman year, which makes it a lot easier as the semesters tick by, say local high school counselors. Here are a...

Take Your Order, Sir? Sure. Tie Your Shoes, Son?

No matter what your job title, restaurant work can be fast-paced, noisy, hectic and messy. But for those who work the lunch shift at the Breton Downs Bakery, it helps if your customers leave you with good tips, hugs...

With EGR’s Shubel, ‘We never coasted’

Superintendent Sara Magaña Shubel will retire at the end of June, after 12 years at the district’s helm...

2013 Graduate Beat the Odds – Again

Thomas Komor has literally been overcoming obstacles and beating the odds since birth. Born 16 weeks premature on Aug. 29, 1994, and weighing just 1 pound 11.5 ounces, he was given a 20 percent chance of surviving. He spent 3...

Students Debate International Issues, Roleplay UN Delegates

Their names are Emily Livermore, Kate VerMeulen, and Annalise Brinks, but they have aliases spanning the globe: Brazil, Canada, Australia, Nigeria. Want to know more about them? Ask how they feel about nuclear proliferation, climate change, or ISIS. But expect...

‘To Be Dramatic, Or Not To Be…’

Middle school students can be so dramatic. That's especially true in the middle school's fledgling Shakespeare club. Case in point: a recent rehearsal of a scene from "A Midsummer Night's Dream," when seventh-graders Drew Huegli and Hannah Bodine, as the ill-fated...

Banging on Rocks Shapes Global Learners

Sixth-grader Sam Williams used firm, deliberate pressure with a deer antler to try to chip flakes off a sedimentary rock, called chert. She was using a skill right out of the Old Stone Age, though she acknowledged it was...

First-class virtual travelers explore holidays around the world

Cultural traditions and vocabulary, plus simulated airplane travel was all part of learning about other countries...

Kentwood, EGR Tops in Constitutional Competition

What’s it like to answer in-depth questions about the U.S. Constitution in front of a panel of lawyers, judges and professors? “It’s good, because we know what we are talking about,” said East Kentwood High School junior Destiny Lewis, who...

Odyssey of the Mind Unfolds as Epic Adventure

Dan Delano's head pops up in the top window of the cardboard castle. The East Grand Rapids Middle School student flops a very long blond braid down the side of the castle wall. On the ground below, a witch talks...
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