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Raising Money for Clean Water at Haiti Sister School

Children in a Port Au Prince school in Haiti will enjoy clean drinking water for a year through the work of 78 Breton Downs Elementary School fifth-grade students who transformed their gym into a giant garage sale.  Students dug into...

Teachers Spend Summer Learning to Innovate

It may have been summer break, but issues on the minds of East Grand Rapids teachers were technology, collaboration and keeping on track with changing curriculum standards. The district’s annual weeklong summer-learning series involved 80 percent of the district’s teachers...

EGR Students Work Hard “Spring Greening” the High School

The East Grand Rapids High School landscape is ready to flourish, thanks to members of the new high school gardening club, “Wild and Dirty.” Students embraced their kick-off “Spring Greening” project recently, following the advice of the Dr. Seuss character...

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 Get a Summer Boost to Help Them Start High School

Garrett Reahm, Benny Lafleur and Davion Pearson got a head start on their English class this summer, just before they start ninth grade in September. They can explain mystical singing sirens, six-headed monsters, personified whirlpools and the sun god in...

Author Greg Tang Teaches Students Through Skype

Author Greg Tang virtually helped Lakeside Elementary School third-graders’ tally up numbers in exciting ways during a recent Skype session. Seventy students in three classes interacted with the mathematician and children’s book writer, learning possibilities with math and how to...

First-Day Buddies

Lakeside Elementary School kindergartner Tyler Blake tried to pull his backpack out of his locker. It wouldn’t budge. “It’s stuck,” he told fifth-grader Ted Campbell, who quickly helped him retrieve it and get his lunch box out of the bag. “Let’s...

Middle Schoolers Join EGR’s Engage 1:1 Program

The first week of middle school in East Grand Rapids looked a little different than in the past. Middle school students lined up in the media center carrying laptops and tablets of different sizes and styles, ready to equip...

Happy To Be Back

When Principal Linda Kehm says “Lakeside Elementary” in front of her students, the response is automatic: “Where kindness counts!” comes the chorus of voices. The first day of school marked a new beginning following a year-long battle for Kehm, 60, who...

EGR Coins Recognize Kindness, Keep Memory of Kabookie Alive

East Grand Rapids High School Principal Jenny Fee saw the spirit of Jimmy Gerken in Olivia Kallil, so she acknowledged Olivia’s kindness by giving her a golden coin. It was emblazoned with the smiling face of Gerken,  the man...

EGR Pioneers Support Be Nice through Hearts of Gold game

“Be Nice,” may not be the typical message coming from the stands as football players head to the field to face off against a rival school. But it was Oct. 25 for the East Grand Rapids Pioneers as they battled...

Cultural Luncheons Connect Students with Countries, Cultures

Wealthy Elementary School students took a virtual trip to a land of kings and queens, haunted castles and legends, complete with treats and a look at the mystical country’s flag and history. The 36 fourth- and fifth-grade students studied Croatia...
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