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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...

Let’s review center-based special education programs, say superintendents

A study will bring in an outside consultant to evaluate whether GRPS center-based programs are providing best practices compared with other districts in Michigan and beyond...

Students learn history, see possibilities on tour of historically black colleges

The tour of HBCUs in Tennessee, Alabama and Florida was a key component of a plan to revive Ottawa with a revamped program and $17 million in renovations...

Statewide reading decline: how some high-poverty schools buck the trend

Principals in Wyoming and Grand Rapids identified how to use data to improve instruction, build teacher leaders and zero in on reading instruction practices

Students march for their lives: ‘If others aren’t going to do it, I think...

Six teenage organizers from Forest Hills and Grand Rapids led a crowd of thousands in the March for Our Lives at Rosa Parks Circle

GRPS superintendent continues Transformation Plan listening tour

Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal will meet with parents, students, community members and school staff this week to get feedback on the GRPS Transformation Plan

‘They’re right. We are just a bunch of kids. But we’ve also been the...

Students at City High/Middle School joined others demonstrating across America Wednesday, a month after the massacre that killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida

Students reflect on play where a young Gerald Ford and black teammate tackle a...

Related Black History Month stories Underground railroad module turns fourth-graders into historians Technology turns biography reports into multimedia efforts The documentary, "Black and Blue: The Story of Gerald Ford, Willis Ward, and the 1934 Michigan-Georgia Tech Football Game," debuted in 2011. In...

Local students push for change in wake of Florida school shooting

Students at City High/Middle School are joining the ranks of a national student-led movement to make their schools safer, stepping up where adults have failed to act

She supports school with business partners, great food

Rachel Lee encourages other neighborhood parents to check out the school, and helps in the classroom and on the playground, all while running her own restaurant, Citizen

Teachers Tell Their Stories, to Help Other Teachers

"What inspires you to come to school every day and teach children?" interviewer Rosie del Valle asked Gladiola Elementary intervention math coach Kristi Baumbach. Baumbach, who had answered previous interview questions without hesitation, paused. "Now, I'm crying," she said, as...

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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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