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How to Reform Education? One District Considers Students’ Needs

Lydia Hernandez took the day off from volunteering at the elementary school to prepare a big meal for visitors from the district's human-centered design team. Around the table, team members interviewed her for 90 minutes about her husband, who...

Playground Boss Raises Funds for New Area

Students ran onto the elementary school’s playground to find a volleyball net standing on a brand-new cement play area. Someone grabbed a ball and students began setting, bumping and spiking. Others picked up hula hoops to roll along the...

District holds first community forum on middle and high school renovation

Seven classrooms and the psychologist’s office were destroyed during a roof collapse at 1335 Lee St. SW on June 5. On June 23, the remaining structure of the affected area collapsed...

1,800 Bikes Find Their Home for the Holidays

Santa Claus delivered for children in the Godfrey-Lee Public Schools district area in the days before Christmas, with six semi-trailers filled with 1,800 free bicycles. Godfrey-Lee Superintendent David Britten said he teared up all morning long as children got their...

Is Play Still a Kindergarten Expectation?

Ask any parent of a dinosaur lover who can identify an Apatosaurus atage 3 if learning occurs during play, and the answer is an obvious “yes.” But with the added work on kindergartners comes less time for leisure, and one...

Anchoring Plants, Anchoring the Community

A new botany class at Lee Middle-High School has students thinking about roots, the kind that anchor plants and the kind that anchor communities. The class of ninth- through 12th-graders is growing tomatoes, beans, cucumbers, peppers, kale, broccoli, cauliflower and...

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...

New School Chief Aims to ‘Build Trust and Relationships’

Superintendent Kevin Polston is greeting people in the neighborhoods, school and local businesses. He's talking to students, letting them see he wants to know each of them, what they like to do, what grade they are in. Reaching out is...

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...

TEAM 21 Program Preserved for Middle School, Elementary Funding Expires

Godfrey-Lee parent Mandy Evangelista is grateful that, for years, her three children have been able to participate in the T.E.A.M 21 program that provides enrichment and extracurricular activities after school and during the summer. The program, which stands for Teach, Enrich,...

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...

Principal Stresses ‘Education Is the Road Out of Poverty’

As a child growing up in inner-city Chicago, Kathryn Curry had friends who were at school one day and gone the next, after their families were evicted from their homes. She attended a funeral of a friend killed by a...

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...

New District Chief Values Community, Diversity

The Board of Education has selected Kevin Polston, principal of Lakeshore Middle School, in Grand Haven Public Schools, as its new superintendent. The board plans to negotiate a contract with Polston, with his first day on the job expected July...

Superintendent Recognized by White House as Leader in Digital Learning

As Godfrey-Lee Public Schools superintendent, David Britten put the district on the cutting edge of digital education by implementing a one-to-one laptop program in 2009, before many other schools had done so. Since then the approximately 2,000-student district has stayed...

Grant will help schools stock bookshelves

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