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Students explore many ways of worship

The four-day Interfaith Service Day Camp brought together 21 West Michigan students representing several religious and non-religious backgrounds to explore religions, get to know one another, enjoy food and culture, and volunteer...

Camping for credits? It’s a thing

The year-long pilot class offered to freshmen at Eastern High combines honors biology or biology with health and physical education requirements into a two-hour block...

It’s all happening at the zoo

Nearly 200 Central Woodlands ⅚ students worked in teams to research and develop plans for what they saw as an ideal renovated otter exhibit at John Ball Zoo...

Students help refugee peers adjust to life, schools in the U.S.

Students from a handful of area high schools are making an impact at two West Michigan organizations tasked with helping refugee students and their families succeed...

For Gerald R. Ford student essay winners, courage begins at home

More than 900 students submitted writings on the theme of courage for the annual Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation annual essay challenge...

Coming from struggle, Somali student wants to ‘change someone’s life’

A Forest Hills Northern High School graduate born in war-torn Somalia plans to leverage the opportunities he has been given in this country to help children and families adjust to the U.S. and its culture...

Compassion in verse, art and service

The poetry activity was part of a larger collaboration to help students explore the concept of empathy

Student lawmakers for a day debate real bills, including uniforms, fuel tax and speed boats

Government day is an experience-based approach to learning about basic government skills, specifically how a bill becomes a law. The entire day is completed through role play

Students’ fairy tale figures live wax-ily ever after

More than 100 Knapp Forest Elementary second-graders became “frozen” wax characters who occupied displays in the school’s classrooms and hallways to recite stories they had written

Students march for their lives: ‘If others aren’t going to do it, I think we should’

Six teenage organizers from Forest Hills and Grand Rapids led a crowd of thousands in the March for Our Lives at Rosa Parks Circle

Students take action, lend voices to honor Florida school victims and plead for violence to end

The number 17 served as a marker not only for moments of silence in honor of those killed, but for students’ thoughts on how to make schools safer and kinder

Personal finance class looks closely at personal values

Business teacher Brian Johnson’s students are taking an in-depth look at money this semester. As part of that, they are examining how they view money so far

Statewide aquatic robotics competition tests students’ engineering skills

A competition Saturday on the east side of the state will give Forest Hills students a chance to show off their marine robotics skills

Teachers help teachers take it to the next level at Van Andel Education Institute

Mastermind is a group of West Michigan teachers, principals, social workers and other educators who have met monthly at Van Andel Education Institute this school year, working together to overcome challenges common to many of them

Restorative practices shifts to academics

More and more schools are using restorative practices as a proactive way to handle behavior. At Ada Elementary, teachers have started to use them when teaching content

Magical Creatures Via Design Thinking

As his classmates glued, cut, pasted and painted around him, Ada Vista Elementary fourth-grader Marcus Benard quietly alternated different colors of permanent markers to...

Connecting those in need with those who want to help

A pair of brothers with tech savvy and big hearts have created a website to help during the COVID-19 crisis...

I regret taking normal for granted

A Forest Hills Central High journalism student shares her thoughts. We invite students and staff in our coverage area to submit theirs to SNN@Kentisd.org...
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