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High Schools Partner with GRCC to Get College Credits Early

Godwin Heights and Godfrey-Lee high schools have joined the trend of offering high school students a way to earn college credit right at their own schools, in a new partnership with Grand Rapids Community College. The Early College program will...

Students School Teachers in Technology to Let Them Know What They Like

Lee High School senior Valeria Marin knows how to reach her classmates: snap a photo on the popular social media network Snapchat. Texts work too, she said. But many students don't bother to read emails. "You can send reminders about assignments,"...

Author to Student Writers: ‘Do It Because You Love It’

It can be a looooong way from when the first sentences are written to when a completed novel hits the shelves. Publishing is a journey often wrought with rejection and lots of revision, said MarcyKate Connolly, author of fantasy...

When Learners Become the Teachers

To explain how he learns best, Lee High School sophomore Elijah Kibbe described studying all the ingredients for ice cream treats before he started working at Dairy Queen. “The first day I got there I messed up everything, even though...

Record-breaking season shows what heart and hard work can do

Staring adversity straight in the face, the Godfrey-Lee wrestling team broke many records this season, including a first district championship...

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...

Grant will help schools stock bookshelves

For the second-straight year, Godfrey-Lee received a $30,000 gift to replenish books...

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...
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