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Overcoming homelessness to get her degree, she’s ready to help others

Jordan Lovett, once homeless, graduated from Grand Valley State University with a bachelor’s degree in social work. She is eager to advocate for others facing similar struggles to her own...

‘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...

Superintendents Support Students In the Face of DACA Decision

As a mother and grandmother, Teresa Weatherall Neal knows well the value of family. And as superintendent of nearly 17,000 Grand Rapids Public Schools students, she thinks about the families they all come from. So Neal’s reaction to President Trump’s...

Habla Español? Your Community Needs You

Alma Arvizu sat down with interpreter and translator Leonicia Rubio at the Godfrey-Lee Early Childhood Center to talk about conferences and kindergarten next school year for her son, Eric, now a preschooler. Arvizu, like many district parents, knows who to...

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...

Mom’s Dedication to Son’s School Touches Others

When Yolanda Guzman's son Edgar was in kindergarten, his teacher taught the Spanish-speaking mother how to count to 100 in English. That was the beginning of a very special bond between Guzman and the Godfrey-Lee Early Childhood Center. "Then I...

Four More Interviewed for Superintendent Post

Four new candidates will interview for the Godfrey-Lee Public Schools superintendent position beginning at 6 p.m. tonight at Godfrey-Lee Early Childhood Center, 961 Joosten Street SW. They are: Scott Riley, superintendent of Camden-Frontier Schools, in Camden Kevin Polston, principal at...

Fiesta of the Senses at Spanish Market Day

Spanish Market Day was a fiesta of the senses at the high school with aroma and tastes of flavorful foods and students dancing in authentic colorful dress. Shouts of "Come and buy your Dorilocos!" invited people to try snack...

‘I Can Be Anything I Want’

Godfrey Elementary students' musings about what it means to be an American are on display on a mixed-media mural of a flag in the lower level of Lee High School. "Freedom." "Peace." "Kindness." "Family for Life." "Independence." "Hard work pays...

District Seeking New Tax for Facilities, Technology

Community information meetings on the Godfrey-Lee sinking fund proposal are scheduled at 6:30 p.m. March 20 in the media center at Lee Middle/High School and 6:30 p.m. April 18 in the gym at the Early Childhood Center. The district is...

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...

Better together: high schoolers and second-graders tackle Plaster Creek

High school students partner with second-graders to learn about the waterway outside their doors...
Kent ISD early literacy coach Katie Momber works with a Godfrey-Lee student (Photo courtesy of Kyle Mayer)

Grant Project Aims to Boost Third-grade Reading

In an effort to improve third-grade reading proficiency, the district will receive $20,000 to implement instructional practices recommended by Reading Now Network over the next two-and-half years. An instructional team of about a dozen literacy experts from all over the...

Lee High School Students Give Back to Community During Summer Vacation

A carnival on the Lee High School lawn bustled with happy neighborhood children, while a couple blocks away drivers handed over donations for charity to have their cars scrubbed. Neighbors were surprised when students stopped by to paint their...

Up Close with In-Demand Careers

Beginning a career in manufacturing after high school can pay off fast, said industry rep. Angie Huyghe. An apprentice in the toolroom can make a total $160,160 in the first four years after graduating from high school. By that time,...

At Rebel U, Focus is On ‘the Who’

When students choose to learn about a topic they care about, Godfrey-Lee Early Childhood Center teacher Lindsay Blume sees the potential for genius to emerge. Her English-language learner first- and second-grade students last school year researched topics ranging from a...
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