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One Pebble, 25-Year Ripple and Counting

I think too many of us misunderstand or take for granted men and women who serve as school board members. We sometimes dismiss them as a bunch of suits pontificating from ivory towers, concurring with the superintendent's every whim. Or,...

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....
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Video featuring parents encourages more to get involved

Parents’ voices unite in an uplifting video that shares their experiences in the district and encourages others to get involved

As They Face Pressures, Students Learn to Rise ‘Above the Influence’

At Godwin Heights Middle School, the walls can talk.  Getting high, suicide, cutting, bullying and drinking have been some of the topics of conversation. There were feelings, too, like 'being who I'm not" and "letting things get to me." Walls...

‘Lunch Lady’ Returns to Cook with Students

West Godwin Elementary fourth-graders stood in line taking turns shaking a bag filled with a Valentine's Day treat of Chex Mix and powdered sugar. To the tune of singer Taylor Swift's "Shake it Off," students vigorously shook the bag, while...

Expo Connects Families to Local Resources

Esperanza Mercado and her children now know how to get the biggest bang for their food buck at farmers markets this summer. Along with learning that, they also heard about programs offered at a local ministry, and talked to...

Grant will help prepare Wyoming area students for college

Grand Rapids Community College is the recipient of a $2.1 million, six-year grant from the U.S. Education Department to boost chances for all students to succeed in college and beyond...

Godwin Guys Laugh, Reminisce, Discuss Public Education’s Critical Role

They call themselves the Godwin Guys, an average of 20 Godwin Heights High School graduates from the 1950s to 1970s who meet monthly for lively chatter and good-natured ribbing. Amid the laughter is an unshakable respect for the public school...

Welcome Back, Class!

Launching another school year is a reason to celebrate for families gathered at enrollment events, registrations, open houses and community parties. Godwin Heights Public Schools recently held a kindergarten through eighth-grade Enrollment Extravaganza at the high school, welcoming new students...

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,...

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...

Museum’s Engineering Days Fuel Interest in STEM Careers

Boredom never stood a chance of edging its way into the Grand Rapids Public Museum's Engineering Days. The program captivated 150 Middle School students with hands-on activities that showed them how they, too, could one day become problem solvers. They...

Veteran Crossing Guard Goes the Extra Mile to Ensure Safety

Wearing a fluorescent vest and clutching a handheld "stop" sign, crossing guard Cherrie Medendorp makes sure West Godwin Elementary students like Sataya McBride walk safely across the intersection at 36th Street and Clyde Park Avenue in Wyoming. Actually, the veteran...

Hooked on Good Behavior

Every other Friday afternoon, the school week ends in a big dance party at West Godwin Elementary School, with students and teachers moving and grooving after Principal Steve Minard cranks up the tunes. Turns out there are a lot of...

Refugee author tells students, ‘It is the story of your community’

Sandra Uwiringiyimana’s story of fleeing conflict and leaving her country behind resonated with students who read and discussed her book, “How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child.”

Elementary Students Leave City for The Slopes

Nearly 90 inner-city students are experiencing the rush of skiing on the slopes at Cannonsburg Ski Area, many for the first time. Listen closely, and you have no doubt how much fun they're having. "If you fall, you know what...
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