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Soles and Ties That Bind

Godwin Heights High School senior Devon Ferguson painted the outside of an old tennis shoe in bright colors, adding stitches around the seams. She explained how the footwear represents herself. "I'm happy and bright on the outside," Devon said. "But...

Teachers Train Together to Help Close the Gap

A fence illustration is often used to show the difference between equality and equity. Two pictures each show three children, one tall, one short and one in between, trying to peer over a fence. In one picture, they are treated...

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...

‘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...

‘A Lot of Wisdom and Honest Talk’

Lazevious Steele sat snugly in a barber chair as Duane Bacchus used a razor to perfect his fade. The next day, Lazevious and other seniors walked across the stage sporting fresh haircuts to receive their high school diplomas. Bacchus, a...

#accepted

Senior D'Nyszha Brand was accepted into six colleges: Baker College, Ferris State University, Wayne State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Aquinas College and Western Michigan University. She's decided to attend GRCC for her associate degree before transferring to a university,...

Creating Strong Bonds, One Slushie at a Time

You could call Susan Eiler the pizza pixie, the slushie specialist, the candy connoisseur or the movie maven. Some students refer to her as Mom. She puts together her roles under one all-encompassing title: "I'm the hodgepodge catch-all person," Eiler...

Through the Storm to See the Rainbow

April Martinez is the kind of person who asks, "Do you need anything else?" and "What more can I do?" She's the student who is ever-present, often helping organize events and taking part in art shows, blood drives, pancake breakfasts,...

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...

Stressed Out? We Have Just the Place for You

In a room at Godwin Heights High School that formerly served as the site for in-house suspension, students now come for help in the areas of college, career and comfort. The Empowerment Room is a recently revamped space serving a...

Good Choices, Stylish Looks

Godwin Heights High School students recently had the chance to strut their stuff, modeling the latest fashions during Pure Passion for Fashion, an event that tied healthy choices and relationships to clothes and confidence. The district hosted an afternoon show...

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...

A Strong, Clear Message

Fourth-grader Explains Stuttering to Classmates

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:...

Big Achievement Jump Earns Reward Status

With its biggest jump since last year –from 25 to 46 percent in third-grade math proficiency– West Godwin Elementary School was named a Reward School by the Michigan Department of Education. It is the first time the school has...

‘We’re on the Right Track’

When Principal Tricia Mathes announced to her staff that their school had been taken off the state’s list of Priority Schools, they cheered and clapped their hands. The news meant Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Academy is no longer...
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