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Brother and sister work hard for ‘a better future, a better life’

Anyelin and Yustin Vasquez Lopez left a dangerous life in Guatemala to achieve academic excellence and set career goals in America...

Two programs become one, to help infants and toddlers

The Ken-O-Sha Home Community program will fit hand-in-glove with Kent ISD’s Early On program when Grand Rapids Public Schools transfers its special education center programs to Kent ISD this summer, leaders say. Both programs serve children with impairments from birth to 3 years old...

Students tell designers what they want to see in their park

Students who helped redesign Plaster Creek Family Park were the guests of honor when dignitaries from the City of Grand Rapids and Grand Rapids Public Schools broke ground on the $1.045 million project...

‘I gave it my all’

Retiring after seven years as superintendent, and 44 working for Grand Rapids Public Schools, Teresa Weatherall Neal said she is proud of the work she did to help students believe in themselves...

GRCC reps ‘raid’ high school to share college info

The first crop of Challenge Scholars to receive tuition-free college has worked closely with GRCC on learning to navigate higher education...

A new teacher with a passion for the classroom: ‘I love helping kids’

While the number of new teachers continues to drop dramatically, Brittney DesLauries says she wants to do it for the rest of her life...
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Students win prizes for short videos about compassion

Two local students made moving videos about caring and compassion, and were amply rewarded for their artistry...

North Park Montessori School to reopen after getting clean bill of health

The North Park Montessori School building will reopen this August after air testing inspections gave the building a clean bill of health, Grand Rapids Public School officials announced. School officials plan to explain their plans for the re-opening to parents and staff at meetings on Tuesday, May 28...

A school where students work together and speak ‘100 languages’

At Grand Rapids Child Discovery Center, a GRPS-authorized charter school, students learn not just from teachers but from each other, in a network of relationships aimed to enhance each child’s creative potential...

A rare charter partnership: Autonomous but accountable

The Grand Rapids Child Development Center is located in the former GRPS Vandenberg School at 409 Lafayette Ave. SE...

Board names interim superintendent while search continues for permanent chief

Ron Gorman, a top administrator with over two decades of experience in Grand Rapids Public Schools, is poised to lead the district as interim superintendent while the school board searches for a permanent successor to schools chief Teresa Weatherall Neal...

Fund newly named for retiring Neal raises more than $200K

GRPS students who need new school uniforms, mended eyeglasses and other schooling essentials just got a big boost from a fund newly named in honor of their retiring superintendent...

For some students, graduating takes five or six years — ‘and that’s OK’

Districts including Kentwood, Grand Rapids and Wyoming face distinct challenges in their four-year grad rates, partly because of their large immigrant/English-language learner populations. But they are making progress under the radar...

Former EPA official sees young people leading environmental ‘reawakening’

Mustafa Santiago Ali sees passionate environmental concerns in young people all across the country, as he brings his global-warning message to students through the lens of hip-hop culture...

School board to launch second superintendent search, appoint internal interim

The GRPS Board of Education hopes to have hired an interim superintendent from within the school district by as early as mid-May, before launching a second national search to replace retiring Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal...

Choir students get to sing for, and with, Metropolitan Opera singer

Over 100 students from a dozen GRPS schools recently had the opportunity to hear from – and sing with – Metropolitan Opera singer Ryan 'Speedo' Green...

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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...

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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