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Graduate Returns, Coaches Writing

College writing student Johvan Calvo studied an essay written by Lee High School junior Tania Montes and offered her feedback, tips to help her on the ACT test come spring. “I do like your wording; it does pull it...

New Shoes Help Students Start School in Style

For Graciela Landa, receiving free shoes for her children from a Grand Rapids nonprofit organization was a big relief. Pregnant with her sixth child, Landa watched her third-grade daughter Nimsi and first-grade son Ismael try on brand new and stylish...

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...

Casual Fridays Make Art Experience Possible

Godfrey Lee teachers paying $1 to wear jeans on Fridays sent nine of their students to the Grand Rapids Art Museum camps this summer with the money they raised. Roseanne Steffens, Godfrey Lee K-12 and Early Childhood Center art teacher,...

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...

Changes Produce More Graduates at Alternative High School

Alexis Woroniecki tried two traditional high schools before dropping out her sophomore year. But in late May she spoke at her school's graduation ceremony. She credits her teachers at East Lee Campus for sending her down a new path. "The...

90th Commencement Includes Fourth Generation Grad

When Amanda Emelander walked across the stage during Lee High School's 90th commencement ceremony May 22 she carried four generations of "Rebel" blood in her veins. Her father, Ty Emelander, graduated from the school in 1979 and is now...

Rebel Pride Brings Grads Back to Teach at Lee

Many graduates dream of future careers far away from home at this time of year, but a group of former Godfrey-Lee Public Schools students are happy to be teaching right where they spent their school years. Nearly 20 staff members...

Lee Honors the Past as it Prepares the Future

George Washington, Winston Churchill or even John F. Kennedy may be remote figures from the past for Lee High School students, not at all as memorable as, say, Jelt Sietsema or Stephanie Leonardos. Who?  Sietsema and Leonardos?  They’re not the...

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...

Circles Teach Students How to Talk It Out

The Restorative Circle program being used to solve disputes among students at Godfrey Lee Middle School is pretty simple: sit down together and talk it out. This makes more sense thanthe usual route of anger, fights and suspensions, says Christine...

Family Math Night Puts Fun in Learning

Playing math games with your mom and dad might not sound like fun, but it packed the gym recently at Godfrey Elementary. About 250 students, parents and teachers crowded around tables as Calvin College students led them in games...

Godfrey-Lee Students Know Gift of Giving

Godfrey-Lee Middle School students filled 137 shoe boxes with toys, toothbrushes, school supplies, soap and other items to send to impoverished children this holiday season as part of Operation Christmas Child. The school has been participating in the project for...

Lee Students Who Stay on Track Get Trip to Check Out College

Keeping up with the classes they need to graduate high school on time rewards Lee High School students with a celebration and a trip to check out college. The idea was developed by Principal Kathryn Curry as she determined if...

Serving Breakfast to Seniors Teaches Kids a Thing or Two

A group of Godfrey-Lee eighth-graders got a new perspective of older people when they cooked up a pancake breakfast at the Wyoming Senior Citizen Center. "Students usually have a hard time picturing older generations as having once been young like...

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...
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