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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...

Designing a New Future, One App at a Time

Problem: Young people find downtown Grand Rapids boring and expensive. Solution: a smart-phone app that turns its stores and cultural attractions into a game featuring an evil mayor and zombies. Crazy idea or community asset? That's what some Grand Rapids...

A New Kind of Flower Power for the 21st Century

Zoe Bultman says the theme of her winning ArtPrize entry is really pretty simple. “It’s possible for natural resources and electrical and industrial things to work together, peacefully and productively,” the City High Middle School junior said of “Flower Power,”...

Students Contemplate Gun Violence Through Art Exhibit

After spending a morning touring an art exhibit on the devastating effects of gun violence, Shamari Echols succinctly summed up his takeaway: “To know what to do and not to do in life.” The Innovation Central High School freshman was...

Neighboring Company Warms up Students for Winter

It's going to be warmer winter for more than 400 students at Westwood Middle School. Thanks to a company-wide effort by the local office of C.H. Robinson, 443 students recently received free customized coats. Given to every student and staff...

The Last Class Comes Back Home

Walking through a first-floor, artfully decorated condominium, Steven Mazurek pointed toward the floor and said, “I sat right here. It was seventh grade. This was my first time in the building.” He was recalling his printing class in the old...

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...
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Food, masks and sugar skulls: Day of the Dead brings learning to life

Grand Rapids Museum School sixth-graders explored all things related to Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, from food to memorabilia including ornate altars to honor dead loved ones...

Parents Promote GRPS in New Campaign

Steve and Nora Faber want their kids’ education to be something special so they chose the dual English Spanish Immersion program at Southwest Community Campus. They liked that their two boys would begin learning the Spanish language and culture long...

Seeds of Renewal: Turning Empty Lot into Nature’s Classroom

First-graders lined up next to an open field, clutching pieces of paper bearing Indian grass seed. The big moment had arrived. “Now blow!” Alison Googins exhorted them, and seeds took to the air impelled by children’s cheeks. “Awesome! You’re just...

‘Their Views Have to be Heard’

About six minutes into their sports radio talk show, Jakhari Carroll and Joseph Spicer get into their first debate of the day: whether Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is worth the largest contract extension in NFL history. “He’s a good...

‘Guide Them in The Learning’

On a typical day at Grand Rapids Montessori School, several things are happening: Seventh-grader Tyrell Henriques is creating a poster about the social pyramid of ancient Egypt, transferring information from his notebook to a poster board. “It’s exciting, interesting,” Tyrell...

Museum Students Help Envision ‘a City for Humans’

On the Bridge Street Bridge -- with traffic roaring by and glass giants towering nearby - Grand Rapids Public Museum School students Sophia Almonte and Delson Carson painted pleasing waves of blue and white across four lanes of traffic....

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...

Dad mixes cooking, anti-bullying message

Parent to GRPS kindergartner has found the right recipe for giving back to school, sharing food, skills and spreading kindness...

New Innovation Central High Mixes Connections with Business, Community and Education

Grand Rapids Innovation Central Senior Dustin Suchomski has only been enrolled in the school’s Academy of Design and Construction for a couple months, but he’s already made connections he hopes will come handy in his professional life. He counts...

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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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