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Yoga Club Renews Students’ Spirits at EGR School

During Monday lunch period, Wealthy Elementary students are encouraged to take off their shoes, stretch, breathe and relax. Yoga teacher Brooke Dillane gathers up about 25 girls for a session spent in Tree, Warrior, Child's and other poses. Dillane started...

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...

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...

Middle Schoolers Witness Life Cycle of Salmon from Egg to Release

As East Grand Rapids Middle School eighth-grade students walked into science class, many took a moment to peer into a specialized fish tank. Salmon eggs inside had recently transformed into eleven, newly hatched fish still attached to their egg...

Learning About Native Culture

Breton Downs Elementary second-grade student Lauren Eckert was "Leaping Moose" for the day. "I like mooses," she said, explaining why she chose her Native American name. Ben Marlow was "Slithering Silver Fish" and Aiden Adam was "Lightning Fast Cheetah." The students...

Perfect Scores – Twice – for EGR Student

Scoring perfect on the ACT wasn’t just beginner’s luck for Sam Forstner. He did it twice. The East Grand Rapids junior first achieved a composite score of 36 on the standardized test college admission last October, “to get a head...

Be Nice Initiative Encourages Positive Actions in Schools

“Be Nice” messages recently made their way from student to student at East Grand Rapids Middle School; a bold-lettered banner in the EGR high school hallway reminds students to show kindness;  and signed pledges put the promise of niceness...

EGR Superintendent Says Lawmakers Operating on Misconceptions

For Sara Shubel, the Michigan Legislature’s defunding of the Common Core Curriculum Standards is frustrating on two levels. As superintendent of East Grand Rapids Public Schools, Shubel wonders where the vote leaves her district, in terms of what student achievement...

Connect Builds Bridges Between Students

From the ability to make funny faces to their favorite birthday treats, it turns out middle-school students in special education teacher Jill Fouch’s Links-Connect class have a lot in common The class, which pairs seven special education students with general...

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...
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