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Giving Voice to Children

Most elementary students have never attended an opera. Coit Creative Arts Academy fourth- and fifth-grade students have created, produced and performed one. The project, done in partnership with Opera Grand Rapids Children's Opera, was led by the Creative Connections arts...

Grand Rapids Gets Behind Getting Students to School

Antonio Zavala is the kind of student Grand Rapids Public Schools has been cultivating recently: the kind who comes to school every day, on time and ready to learn. The 11-year-old fifth-grader at Sibley Elementary School on Grand Rapids' Northwest...

Winning the Superhero Poster Contest

The top 20 posters in this year's River City Water Festival Superheroes Contest have been selected and are on display through March 12 at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. Winners of the contest, open to areastudents in grades 5...

President’s Son Meets with Students at Father’s Namesake School

Steven Ford handed sixth-grader Davohn Lafer a golf ball once owned by his father, President Gerald R. Ford. Davohn had answered correctly which constitutional amendment -- the 25th -- allowed Ford to become vice president after Spiro Agnew resigned from...

Mind Sports Roundup

Editor's note: Academic competition season is upon us! In Mind Sports Roundup, School News Network will be running roundups of events including Odyssey of the Mind, Science Olympiad, MathCounts and robotics. The following items were submitted by Kent ISD...
Alana Bracey, a fourth-grader at Southwest Community Campus School, brought the audience to its feet with her powerful voice

‘We’re Living His Dream’

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” -- the Rev. Dr....
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Working hard on the field, and giving back off of it

As high school football season gets under way, at least one team looked for a way to score one for the larger community...

Year-round School Calendars May Not Suit All Districts, Administrators Say

Michigan students have gotten used to clearing out lockers during the first week of June with a long summer stretching lazily ahead. A post-Labor Day return to school is not only the norm, but the law. While many students spend...

Showing of “T-Rex” Boxing Film Was to Inspire Students About New Career Ideas

Bursts of applause and cheers erupted from high school students at a showing of the "T-Rex" documentary during ArtPrize, an enthusiasm organizers hope will lead them to explore careers in the film industry. "T-Rex" is the against-all-odds story of Claressa...

‘It is what I was meant to do. These are my kids.’

Whitley Morse greets her first-hour Monday history class with smiles at the door – “I love your glasses!” – then with a chat-around about their weekends. A couple of her Ottawa Hills High School students tell of fixing their...

‘They Want to Learn so Much’

High School English language teacher Edith Trumbell spends her days with students from Mexico, China, Congo, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Syria, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and Japan. For her, teaching them is a privilege. She talks about it with tears glinting...

Students Produce PSA to Help Grow Green GR

Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss wants to increase the city’s tree canopy, and Grand Rapids Public Schools students are helping her do it using a green lens. Students from four GRPS high schools created a public service announcement called...

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...

Students from two schools tell stories, paint pumpkins and more at Harvest Festival

Shortly before Halloween, Aberdeen Elementary School hosted a Harvest festival for students from Lincoln Developmental Center. Students from both schools met each other and introduced themselves with their autobiographies...

Partnerships Spark Explosion in Robotics Programs

By all accounts, Bobbijo Zoerhof is a good teacher, but she admits to being stymied when it came to helping her students program a robot for their FIRST Robotics team.That’s when a new community partnership between the Grand Rapids...

Students Celebrate Film, Learn about Media from HBO

Executives from HBO were in Grand Rapids recently to talk with some of the area’s youth. No, not for some new reality series, but to share insight into careers in media and entertainment. Students also viewed the finalists of...

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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

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...

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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