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A room to groom

Middle school barbershop provides free cuts, nurtures love of reading...

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...

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...

College? Career? The Adviser is IN

Star Zetocha wishes she had the type of school counselor she intends to become one day. “I was literally discouraged not to apply anywhere out of the ordinary when I said to the school counselor I wanted to leave the...

Young mom surpasses expectations to get to graduation day

Ahnaka Ortiz-Rodriguez started high school while pregnant and will graduate on time, with honors and an upward trajectory-- toddler in tow...

Pin the Kidney on the Apron

Future doctors conferred with practicing osteopathic physicians recently on some critical topics in the North Godwin Elementary gymnasium. A healthy lifestyle leads to a strong body and brain, good for pursuing a career in medicine, students learned during Mini-Medical School,...

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...

Puppeteer’s Magic Engages Young Readers

The author of "The Tomato Collection" and several other children's books recently gave West Godwin Elementary students a few tips in writing, with help from his puppet friends, for March is Reading Month. With puppets Jacob and Ollie Winston, Kevin...
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Godwin Heights band marches on in top form

The legacy of making stellar music continues at Godwin Heights High School, where more than 200 students are in the marching band...

What’s the Problem with Math? Series to Show Kent Teachers Seeking Answers

Editor's note: Teachers have strived for years to improve the math performance of American students, who consistently test below the average of other developed countries. This week, School News Network begins a multipart series on why so many area...

Grant Hoped to Boost Achievement, Performance Rank

The district's high school will use money from a recently approved School Improvement Grant on technology, professional development and added personnel to help zero in on areas of need. The five-year grant, approved by the Michigan Department of Education, will...

A place to grow and harvest

New garden collaboration feeds students’ minds and bodies...

Want your voice heard? Then register to vote, teacher tells students

A Godwin Heights High School teacher makes it her mission to register eligible voters...

Phys Ed Building Already Paying Off for Students

The high school Physical Education Building -- complete with auxiliary gym, elevated one-eighth mile track and weight room -- is now welcoming athletes and physical education students. The $6.1 million addition and renovation of the existing gymnasium was part of...

This Cooking Lesson Was Easy as Pie

Godwin Heights seniors Donta Sanders and Damien Bell peeled the skin off green Granny Smith apples in long strips. They later assembled the tart apple slices, sweetened up with sugar and cinnamon, into pies. "I've never made a pie before....

Retooled for school

The main objective was to move fifth-graders out of middle school, but administrators say there have been benefits at all grade levels...
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