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GRPS considers transfer of center-based Special Education programs to Kent ISD

The Grand Rapids school board plans to vote Aug. 6 whether to transfer operation of center-based special education programs serving Kent County students to Kent ISD...

New classrooms, upgraded facilities a ‘huge blessing’ at Buchanan School

When classes begin at Buchanan Elementary School this August, students and teachers will walk into 16 new classrooms, new art and music rooms and cafeteria, and a spacious new gym...

Class of 2000 kindergartners come back to Fountain School: ‘We were a family’

Alumni of the 1987 Fountain School kindergarten – the Class of 2000 – got together at their old school for a mini-reunion full of memories and laughter...

After learning first lessons at Fountain, she works on behalf of all students

Even as she graduated from City High School in June of 2000, brimming with optimism about her future, Anne Bowles expressed concern about declining standards and support for public education...

‘This opportunity is priceless’

Students are getting a head start this summer by earning college credits. If they complete the courses with Cs or higher, they will automatically be accepted at Ferris and receive a $1,000 scholarship...
GRCC President Bill Pink and GRPS Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal signed on to provide more college opportunities for students

GRPS, GRCC to make paths to college easier

Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal of Grand Rapids Public Schools and the president of Grand Rapids Community College, Bill Pink, joined forces this week to expand opportunities for GRPS students...

Running the good race, from refugee camp to top student-athlete

Jama Jafari Jama has been through rough times, but he says nothing will stop him in the long journey now before him, starting with a scholarship at Aquinas College...

MySchool@Kent students overcome obstacles to get to graduation

Students choose online high school for a variety of reasons. Here, a few of this year’s graduates reflect...

Students create eco-art for ArtPrize with Consumers Energy

The top 10 finalists in the sixth annual SmartArt competition are now on display at the ArtPrize HUB, 41 Sheldon Blvd. SE. The 10 were selected from nearly 50 entries created by Grand Rapids Public high school student artists...

Community mentors help eighth-graders cope with stress, handle classes and think about college

Encouraging students to think ahead, while also supporting them in their day-to-day struggles, is at the root of the mentoring program Westwood Middle School launched this school year...

For Gerald R. Ford student essay winners, courage begins at home

More than 900 students submitted writings on the theme of courage for the annual Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation annual essay challenge...

Students show speaking skills at state forensics finals

These City High School students competed in the state forensics competition at Oakland Community College, winning two individual trophies and finishing seventh overall in their category...

Museum high school taking shape in historic building

Construction is due to be completed by Aug. 1 on the high school, which will turn the historic building on Jefferson into a state-of-the-art school for students learning from their surroundings and applying knowledge to solutions...

Young adult students put best feet forward to help disease research

Students in two Community Transition Campus classes recently raised $440 for disease research in the fourth annual Consumers Credit Union Purple Community 5K run/walk...

Through music and movement, students with disabilities learn life skills

At Lincoln School, students with autism, multiple impairments and cognitive disorders learn through movement, music and story thanks to a partnership with Grand Rapids Ballet...

Students’ film traces history, influence of Grand Rapids’ African-American music scene

A student-produced film on the history of black musicians in Grand Rapids will be shown Thursday, May 10 at Celebration Cinema North, as well as on Xfinity On Demand cable TV beginning the same day...

Grand Rapids Student Showcase

Impacting America.. My Way

When I think about Rosa Parks and what she did, or how she impacted America, I begin to think of ways that I could possibly be an impacting person and be influential for people today. One thing that I...

Watch Riverside Middle-Schooler Read Winning MLK Essay

Editors Note: Twanyea Smith, a student at Grand Rapids Public Schools’ Riverside Middle School, won the 2016 Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest for sixth- through eighth-grade students. Here he reads his essay at the MLK Day celebration at...

My Hero, My Friend

My definition of a hero is someone who helps people. Dr. King fits this definition because he did help people by trying to stop segregation. My friend Brent is also a hero but in a different way. He helps...
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