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Student Council President Asks ‘Why Not Make a Difference?’

Hector Zoleta lives a line made famous by the late Sen. Edward (Teddy) Kennedy. "Some men see things as they are and say why?" Kennedy said at brother Robert's funeral. "I dream things that never were and say why not?" The...

Pressure Builds for SkillsUSA Nationals

In a few weeks, Dominic Krupp will be part of a two-person team tasked with coming up with an idea for a short video, storyboarding it out, then shooting, editing and uploading it -- all in 36 hours. Godwin Heights...

‘It Saves People’s Lives’

Andrea Lewis doesn't think of herself as someone with the bottomless drive to tackle any problem. But she also won't back away from issues she deems important. Those include navigating a winding process to secure a valuable piece of lifesaving...

Students Pace Themselves at the Learning Center

Andy Cruz, 17, of Grand Rapids, knows perfectly well how his first year in high school set him behind schedule to graduate. "I took my freshmen year as a joke. I hardly came to school. I wouldn’t do my...

Missed Graduation Becomes Opportunity to Grow, Learn, Teach

Even though it happened 14 years ago, it still stings when Eva Pardo remembers that she missed her son's kindergarten graduation at North Godwin Elementary. She received a notice beforehand informing her of Manuel's childhood milestone. But there was a...

Harvest Fest is Bumper Crop of Fun

The county fair stopped by North Godwin Elementary School for Harvest Day, when students met a horse and goats, played games for treats, made crafts and took tractor-hitched hayrides. The event, which the school has hosted for 12 years, is...
Alana Bracey, a fourth-grader at Southwest Community Campus School, brought the audience to its feet with her powerful voice

‘We’re Living His Dream’

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” -- the Rev. Dr....

Godwin Scholarship Fund Increase is “Golden”

The winners of scholarships from the Golden Gs this year at Godwin Heights High School were in for a bit of a shock when they found out the size of the awards. For the last eight years, the Golden Gs...

Longtime Teacher Spreads Character Program School-Wide

Godwin Heights Middle School sixth-grader Sena Gonzalez noticed something good among her classmates last year. They took the time to understand each other. Students were supportive. They felt safe and open about their feelings. "Positivity was all over the school," Sena...

District Talent on Full Display at Art Show

The work of K-12 artists created a huge collage of talent on display recently during the District-wide Art Show. Many mediums were showcased, and high school artists worked on pieces while parents and students watched. Editor's Note: State of the Arts:...

District Makes Registration an Easy Extravaganza

When it comes to getting students ready for school, Godwin Heights Public Schools pulls out all the stops. Parents recently enrolled their children for fall classes during the district’s fourth annual Enrollment Extravaganza...

The Road to Success in a High-Poverty School: It’s All About Collaboration, Expectations

 In Holly Vostad’s North Godwin Elementary School classroom, kindergarteners sat in circles on the rug, discussing what they planned to write about: A weekend at their father’s. Christmas. Snow. Their favorite things. They soon headed to their desks, pulling...

Sisters Follow Identical Career Paths

West Godwin Elementary School Principal Steve Minard remembers interviewing teachers for a third-grade position. One candidate had an ideal background: an elementary education degree from Hope College and teaching experience in Honduras. Later that afternoon, another teacher interviewed with the...

Teachers Stock Up on Class Supplies, with Help

Wyoming's Parkview Elementary School teachers demonstrated their love for new school supplies at the Teacher Resource Store, where they left with cartloads of notebooks, pencils, folders, paper and the promise to "pay it forward." "Oh my gosh! Look at how...

Community-wide Program Seeks 1,100 Mentors for 4 Wyoming Districts

One hour. Once a week. For one year. That’s the commitment it would take to make a difference in the life of one of Wyoming’s neediest youth, according to organizers of a new, citywide mentoring program that seeks to match...

Former NBA Player to Lead July Basketball Camp

Retired National Basketball Association player Mateen Cleaves is offering a three-day camp for students to improve their shooting form and teach them life skills. Cleaves' 1 Goal, 1 Passion Summer Basketball Camp will be held July 28-30 at Godwin Heights...
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