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Student Describes Experiences, Obstacles of Living in Poverty

Lee High School senior Jordan Lovett headed to cross-country practice after her final class of the day. Along the way, she stopped to listen to a middle school student play his instrument. She then took a moment to chat with...

Day of Play All About Learning

There was a shark in the container with the fish. What could go wrong? "They are all in a fight! They are all in a fight!" shouted a kindergartner. Three other students joined the action, playing with plastic creatures in the...

Sound Engineers

Though his rendition of "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" was a bit ding-y, Lee High School senior Scott Peuler looked pleased with himself as he finished the tune by hitting glass bottles filled with different levels of water with...

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...

Sweeping Streets, Strengthening Partnerships in Godfrey-Lee

More than three dozen students, parents, educators and board of education members, business owners, and other members of the community joined hands to "sweep the streets" in a mile-long stretch of the historic Galewood Business District last month. A collaborative...

Engaging Students Through Community Connections

During Steve Rierson's Lee High School physics class, students become pretend members of the Wyoming City Council, researching alternative energy sources for possible city use. In biology, they scramble for food, simulating animals in the wild trying to survive the...

Fourth-graders Learn About 9/11

Shocked by an image on the projector screen in front of him, Godfrey Elementary School fourth-grader Mario Masegosa covered his face with his hands. He was looking at the crumbling Twin Towers on September 11, 2001. Around him, classmates gasped...

Low Test Scores & Low Income Linked; Staff Seek to Help

At Godfrey-Lee Public Schools, the Kent County district with the lowest family income, the correlation between M-STEP scores and poverty is stark. More than 90 percent of students qualify for free or reduced priced lunch in the one-square mile...

Never too late to graduate

Thanks to some help from an adult education program and district staff, Ken Olson recently received his diploma -- at the age of 85...

Lee Honors the Past as it Prepares the Future

George Washington, Winston Churchill or even John F. Kennedy may be remote figures from the past for Lee High School students, not at all as memorable as, say, Jelt Sietsema or Stephanie Leonardos. Who?  Sietsema and Leonardos?  They’re not the...

Grant to Fund Monthly Food Truck for School Communities

When Godfrey-Lee Public Schools teachers chipped in to pay for two Feeding America Mobile Food Pantry trucks to help feed the community last school year, the response was huge. Parents and community members lined up for the fresh bread, produce...

‘They Want to Learn so Much’

High School English language teacher Edith Trumbell spends her days with students from Mexico, China, Congo, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Syria, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and Japan. For her, teaching them is a privilege. She talks about it with tears glinting...

Students Hold Their Own Olympics, STEM-Style

If you were a child, wouldn’t it be fun to make your own Olympic athletes out of stick-on pipe-cleaner thingies? Yes it would -- just ask these Godfrey-Lee fourth-graders

A boon for books

A $30,000 challenge grant from the Guido A. and Elizabeth H. Binda Foundation funded the new books. The foundation put up $15,000 and the district raised an additional $15,000, thanks to several anonymous donors...

Newcomer Students Pitch in to Trunk or Treat

Families with their little goblins, ghouls, princesses and Power Rangers received bags full of goodies donated by neighborhood businesses during Trunk or Treat at the Godfrey-Lee Early Childhood Center. More than 40 cars opened their trunks while Lee High School...

‘King of the Leap Year Parade’

Godfrey-Lee Early Childhood Center second-grader Eviel Alvarez-Martinez was named Leap Year King on Feb. 29 to celebrate his second real birthday. While Eviel is 8 years old, his true birthdate only falls on the calendar every four years, so teacher...
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