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Students Send Toys, Supplies to Children in Need

Several Lee Middle School students involved in the school's community-service program, Lee Youth Trained to Serve, recently shipped 85 shoe boxes filled with toys, school supplies, and hygiene items to make children's holidays a little brighter. English Language Learner Paraprofessional...

The Full Story on Graduation Rates

The State of Michigan has released the graduation rates for the cohort Class of 2014-15 and overall they continue to climb. Reports by local media tend to show a district’s combined graduation rate, lumping together all of the high schools within...

Friend of Students, Fighter for Justice

David Britten remembers standing in the lunchroom at Lee Middle/High School. He was the new middle school principal after leaving an elementary-principal post at Wayland-Union Schools Schools in 2002. He looked around at the group of rowdy teenagers and...

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...

Godfrey-Lee School Band awarded $14,000 in Instruments

When it comes to finding funds for the Godfrey-Lee Middle and High School Band, Director Kevin Gabrielse "Mr. G" and the Lee Rebel Band Boosters are simply miracle workers. In the last 10 years, they’ve done publicity campaigns to acquire...

Thanks to Gift for Retired Educator, Newcomer Students Tour Museum

For Tuppin Hauschild, a Grand Rapids Public Museum field trip was a way to introduce Lee Middle and High School immigrant students to the community. But the recent outing turned into something bigger. As the 15 English-language-learner students, grades 6 through...

Full Circle, From Greenhouse to Tables

Community members got fresh treats recently when visiting the Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank truck: just-picked vegetables and herbs from the Lee Middle & High School greenhouse. Several students worked to keep plants in raised-bed gardens and greenhouse flourishing...

Don’t Just Tweak the Telegraph

Commentary by Kevin Polston, Superintendent, Godfrey-Lee Public Schools One of the universal shared American experiences is our public education system. Our country takes pride in the roots of public education and how it has served to provide opportunity for any...

The little robotics team that could gets a helping hand, from humans

The Lee High School robotics team received a $3,000 boost ahead of the upcoming competition season...

TEAM 21 Funding to Restore Cut Programs

For Claribel Ortiz, having a place for her four children to go after school and in the summer while she works helps a lot. She knows David, 11, Francisco, 10, Josue, 9, and Jazmine, 7, will get help with their...

Crafting a Cardboard Arcade

Godfrey-Lee Public Schools students were challenged to think outside the box -- and inside, under, over and through it. Turns out, with a little thinking a plain-old cardboard box can become a skee-ball game, a claw machine that grabs candy...

A Taste of Mexican Christmas

The group stood outside the door of the Godfrey-Lee Early Childhood Center media center. In Spanish, they sang, "In the name of heaven I ask you for shelter, for my beloved wife can go no farther." Inside, through the door's...

“I realize what a privilege it is”

Rockstar Teachers Series: There's just something about certain teachers that draws students to them in droves and keeps them checking in years, even decades later. Here, we highlight some of these rockstars of the classroom, in a series proudly...

Godfrey-Lee Director Made Musicals Possible With No Budget, No Auditorium

Lee High School senior Gabby Estrada peeked out from under a feather-adorned witch’s hat during rehearsal for “Shrek the Musical,” and looked at her friends and fellow actors busy practicing lines and singing songs.She played the Wicked Witch of...

Superintendent Announces Retirement

The way Superintendent David Britten approaches his job is hands-on, vocal and in a way that touches others' lives. He's at many athletic and extracurricular events, he's outspoken about issues that affect students, teachers and classrooms, and he's known...

Six Teachers Seek National Board Credentials

Big names in teaching in Kent County – Michigan Teachers of the Year for 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 – have joined forces to share the best ways to engage students and get them to achieve at high levels. A cohort of...
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