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Latino Role Model: ‘Reach Out and Know Communities Around You’

Children's author F. Isabel Campoy's writing honors the Latino community, providing a fresh look at history and sharing the message, "It doesn't matter where you came from. It matters where you are going." "I have spent my entire life writing...

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...

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...

Two new leaders for GRPS elementaries

Maureen Capillo is the new North Park Montessori School principal and Harvey Crawley is the new Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Academy principal...

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

Tuned In, Turned Off and Taking Action

A dozen high school students were talking about the first presidential debate. They weren’t too impressed with Hillary Clinton, but even less so with Donald Trump. “A lot of what he said was just lies,” said Ashley Martinez, who tracked...

Museum Becomes a Classroom

If the Grand Rapids Public Schools’ Museum School is anything like the week she spent with students at the Grand Rapids Public Museum last year, fifth-grade teacher Abbie Marr said students and parents should expect great things. Marr, who teaches...

Summer Programs Push Participants to Think, Work Like Scientists

Six students sat hunched on the floor, writing on a poster bearing photos of penguins they’d taken the previous day at John Ball Zoo. Their task: identify the living and non-living things in their habitat those penguins need to...

Bringing School to Home and Hospital

No one expects an accident or illness to keep a student out of school, but when it happens, students meet Emily Howell. She's the Grand Rapids Public Schools teacher who helps homebound and hospitalized students. Howell is an unassuming type....
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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...

For newcomers to America, a ‘fighting chance’ at a good education

The number of students being helped is down drastically this fall, following the Trump administration’s ban on immigrants from seven countries and sharp reductions in refugees allowed into the country...

‘You Start with Knowing That It’s Yours’

As they stepped onto a platform and gazed upon Lake Michigan, a group of fifth-graders let loose a torrent of wonder. “So pretty!” “Oh my gosh, it’s beautiful!” “You can see Europe!” “I wish I lived somewhere around here!” “I...

New Vision for Downtown Grand Rapids, GRPS

Grand Rapids residents in the coming years may see Innovation Central High School much the same way as it appeared when it was first built in 1911. Aside from the innovative programs happening inside the Gothic building, there may be...

‘This opportunity is priceless’

Students are getting a head start this summer by earning college credits. If they complete the courses with Cs or higher, they will automatically be accepted at Ferris and receive a $1,000 scholarship...

‘Beacon for the Community’ Say Super School Leaders at Museum School Celebration

The Grand Rapids Museum School is all about history, heritage, culture and providing ways to learn right in the heart of the city. So winning a $10 million XQ Super School Project contest is a huge step forward for...

For Special Needs Children, Research Shows Early Intervention Works

One morning at his daughter’s school, Tom Walla watched contentedly as 3-year-old Libby pasted leaves onto a wreath with help from a teacher, then joined other children in a playful learning circle. “If you’re happy and you know it clap...

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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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