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Linking Kindness with Student Achievement

Godwin Heights students discovered how a shooting tragedy 15 years ago in a Colorado school can kindle compassion and kindness in theirs. Recently, district administrators, teachers and students collectively agreed to link arms with an initiative known as Rachel's Challenge,...

R.I.P. to Stereotypes of Low-income Students

They can’t learn like my other students. They’re too lazy to finish their homework. They’ll never go to college. They’ll live in poverty all their lives. When stereotypes of low-income students are given a proper burial, schools can see significant academic achievement, say...

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...

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...

Mentors Give and Gain: Building Important Relationships

The special relationship that grows between a mentor and mentee was evident in an email teacher Katie Fuelling received from Marilyn Knowles, who mentors one of Fuelling's students at Godwin Heights North Elementary School. "Omigosh!  I didn't want to leave!"...

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...

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...

Program Teaches Parents Any Goal is Possible

Parents are their children's first teachers, but when they don't understand the language being used at their child's school and how the school operates, that job gets much tougher. Imagine trying to figure out a report card or read the...

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...

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...

Mr. Bill: From Student to Superintendent, and Everywhere In Between

Godwin Heights Superintendent Bill Fetterhoff gets it.  He knows what it’s like to be a principal, for instance, because he was one. He understands the challenges faced by teachers, because he was one of them, too. And he knows what it’s like...

Just Write: Inspiring students by publishing their work

Luis Hernandez may only be a third grader, but the West Godwin elementary student has already published his writing for the whole world to see. Or at least, for HIS whole world to see. "I like it because it makes...

Grandparent Volunteers Help Students Grow and Learn

The outside world knows them as Barb Fellows-Krauss and Dale Krauss.  But inside the walls of West Godwin Elementary, they are Grandma Barb and Grandpa Dale, the caring couple that spends several hours a week helping kindergarten teacher Lynn...

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...

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...

West Godwin Grandpa, Watch DOGS, Create Popular Presence

“Mr. Soto, Mr. Soto, me too!  Me too! I love underdogs!” calls a West Godwin Elementary third grader as a patient Able Soto pushes another swing and runs beneath it, to the delight of the children. “My granddaughter’s...
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