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Coach’s story goes beyond playbooks, is one for history books

Tom DeGennaro said that while Retired Zeeland Athletic Director Stan Jesky’s 52 years of coaching experience are worth noting, it’s his life story -- starting with birth -- that needs to be shared...

Grant will help prepare Wyoming area students for college

Grand Rapids Community College is the recipient of a $2.1 million, six-year grant from the U.S. Education Department to boost chances for all students to succeed in college and beyond...

After attending global youth conference, student vows to act locally

Aliya Hall, a sophomore at Godwin Heights High School, is one of two local students who was invited to attend the International Congress of Youth Voices in San Francisco this year. Maeve Wilbourn, a senior at Grand Rapids Public Schools’ City High/Middle School, attended as well. Here, Aliya shares some of the highlights of the experience in her own words...

With teachers in high demand, this district partners with MSU

The college of education has about 100 interns, and about a quarter of those are in West Michigan. Other districts with MSU interns include Grand Rapids and Kentwood Public Schools...

ELL apps ‘open doors’ for early childhood students

A small group of Godfrey-Lee students are partnering with a researcher from the University of Michigan to see if mobile apps and animations can help English-language learners grasp academic English...

How to spark school sports spirit? Ask students

Coaches and teachers at Lee High School recently asked students to tackle an ongoing problem: poor student attendance at athletic events. They came up with a host of creative solutions...

New shoes for a new school year — for free

In the Image’s annual “Shoes Help Our Elementary Students” program put shoes on the feet of 1,700 students from more than 39 elementary schools...

‘This opportunity is priceless’

Students are getting a head start this summer by earning college credits. If they complete the courses with Cs or higher, they will automatically be accepted at Ferris and receive a $1,000 scholarship...

Grant to stock class libraries will be ‘a difference-maker’ for children

Enhancing the district’s classroom libraries was a key recommendation of the Reading Now Network earlier this school year...

This Mr. T is no tough guy, but a gentle friend to students

Volunteer Charles Travis, 83, is a retired General Motors toolmaker who has spent the past years devoting six hours a week to helping students at the ECC read...

‘It’s good to save a friend’s life’

A recent emergency response training, during which Lee Middle School students learned the Heimlich maneuver, paid off when an eighth-grader saved the life of another who was choking...

Songs in the key of school

The Lee High recording studio is located in a former office within the media center, transformed into a creative space with all the necessary equipment and software...

Voters in Kent City, Godfrey-Lee approve funding requests

The Kent City and Godfrey-Lee school districts won funding requests on the Tuesday, May 8 ballot by comfortable margins...

District asks millage increase for improved facilities, technology

If approved, the 3-mill sinking fund would generate about $300,000 annually for safety, energy, security and technology improvements...

Literary lunch gets books in families’ hands

The event was the first of three planned this spring for third- through fifth-graders to bring in parents to spend time together and get a new book, funded through federal Title One parent involvement funds

Students rap, rhyme their way through U.S. history, ‘Hamilton’-style

Sophomores and juniors are learning American history and weaving it into raps, poetry and dramatic skits about events and people tied to the American Revolution
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