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Into the Wild Next-door

Buffered between the Early Education Center and an industrial building is a swath of wilderness complete with trees, brush and a winding creek. It's the habitat of birds, small mammals and on recent sunny afternoon, kindergartners. "Forts are our forte,"...

Beyond Computers: Teachers Dig Deep with ‘Tech Tool Smackdown’

With online standardized testing coming down the pike, students as early as kindergarten using Google Docs and email, and districts integrating mobile devices more than ever, Lee High School English teacher Andrea Donovan says the more a teacher knows...

First Generation College Student Struggles to Fit In

Jordan Lovett feels a little like a puzzle piece that doesn't quite fit lately. She sits in the Moose Cafe at Aquinas College holding a cup of hot cocoa and reflects on the last semester. "It was really stressful," she...

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...
East Lee senior Mitzi Hernandez holds a proclamation by the Grandville City Council declaring January “National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month”

Students Bring Concerns from Classroom to Council

East Lee High School students recently served as a voice for the millions of victims of human trafficking worldwide, including thousands in West Michigan, by making a presentation to the Grandville City Council in support of a proclamation. Seniors Mitzi...

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

Children Learn Math, Life Skills and So Much More

Everyone, regardless of where they are in life –be it a second grader or at a homeless shelter or at a nursing home- can help make their community a better place to live.  At least, that’s the message that about...
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...

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...

A Fish Tale: Students Set Chinook Salmon Free into Local Creek

Lee Middle School teacher Vlad Borza stretched his arms wide to show Godfrey Elementary School students how large salmon released into Wyoming's Plaster Creek will someday grow. "As big as a shark!" shouted one boy. "Well, not quite as big as...

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...

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

Tech Crew Reaches Out to Connect with Community

While Godfrey-Lee students decorated cookies and made crafts, Jodi Brumels walked Veronica Cordova through the process of using a computerized parent portal to view her child’s grades and homework at the recent Rebel U Outreach event. “I never did...

‘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...

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...

Local Association Names Godfrey-Lee Educator Counselor of the Year

Sitting around a table with six of her students, Lee Middle School Counselor Betty Killoran asks them to put together a puzzle, pieces facing down.  Students laugh as the puzzle is turned around, showing a mismatched photo of Scooby-Doo. Then,...
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