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‘It only takes one’

Bernice Wisnieski, a second grade teacher at Sibley Elementary School, and her sister, Mary Musto, a teaching consultant at Kent ISD, have teamed up to publish “It Only Takes One Caring Heart,” a children’s book that teaches inclusiveness in the classroom...

‘It might spark a desire to want to change something’

The Lunch & Learn series aims to bring in people representing different careers and backgrounds to speak on various topics...

Challenge Scholars near the finish line

Seniors Leslie Torres and Francisco McKnight are among the first class of Union High Challenge Scholars, assured of four-year college scholarships from the Grand Rapids Community Foundation...

‘A wonderful day’ for Grand Rapids: scholarship promise for students citywide

In addition to the Challenge Scholars scholarships available to Union High School graduates, students throughout Grand Rapids will be eligible for fully funded scholarships to Grand Rapids Community College thanks to the Grand Rapids Promise Zone development plan...

Student leaders recognized with scholarships

Three area high school students were awarded the $500 Helen Claytor Achievement Scholarship last month at the YWCA’s 2019 Tribute Awards ceremony...

Most districts allow phones, but with restrictions

An informal School News Network survey of public school districts in Kent County besides Forest Hills showed cell-phone use is generally not permitted in elementary schools, and only allowed under strictly defined conditions in middle and high schools...

Students supplement learning with ballet, clay creatures & Billie Holiday

A grant-funded partnership between Brookside Elementary and the Salvation Army Kroc Center sees third, fourth and fifth grade students make a trek twice a week through their backyard for classes in ballet, clay and jazz...

GRCC to offer environmental certification programs

GRCC is playing a role in developing skilled workers in the areas of lead abatement, green infrastructure and water testing...

‘We didn’t notice they’re gone’

A West Side resident with two children in Grand Rapids Public Schools, Jim Davis worries about the families who can’t afford to live in that booming area and the impact on schools...

Living in cars, campers, motels and ‘doubled-up,’ homeless students struggle to succeed

Schools -- urban, suburban and rural -- are seeing increased numbers of homeless students and fewer options for housing because of high rents and scarce vacancies...

Blessed by Brookelyn supports GRPS elementary school athletics

When Tonya Elias lost her daughter in a tragic accident five years ago, she decided to start a nonprofit in Brookelyn’s name, using the life insurance money received after her death...

Top Honors

City High/Middle School earned a first for GRPS when it was named a 2019 National Blue Ribbon School, one of only three high schools in Michigan so honored this year...
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Award-winning student videos explore cultural identity

Two area students won awards for their short videos exploring their cultural identity – and how others perceive them – in the 2019 Mosaic Mobile film contest...

New dual immersion school an ‘impressive investment’ in students, community

Construction is well under way for a new middle and high school for Southwest Community Campus, a dual-immersion, English/Spanish pre-K-8 program for bilingual students...

Enthusiast of sports, students and the outdoors who won’t stop believing

Aaron Roussey is the new Union High School School principal...

In need of bilingual teachers, recruiters head to Puerto Rico

To help meet the need for bilingual teachers for its growing Latino student population, GRPS is sending administrators to Puerto Rico to recruit teachers who are looking for jobs in the wake of recent hurricanes...

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...

My Hero, My Friend

Winners of the 2015 MLK Essay Contest A record 327 essays were entered for the 10th annual Warner Norcross & Judd LLP Martin Luther King Jr. essay contest earlier this year. School News Network is publishing the three winning submissions...

What Can You Do to Accomplish a Dream?

We all have a dream no matter where we live or who we are. Everybody DREAMS! Some people have selfish dreams like to win millions of dollars in the lottery, or to become a princess or a prince. But...
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