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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...

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...

Schoolhouse Rocks

Wendy Falb vividly remembers cleaning the filthy steps of Fountain School one day, back when her older son attended Montessori School there. Fixing up the old school was one of her many volunteer tasks as a self-described “tiger mom.” “My...

Helping Students Love Messy, Beautiful Nature

On a damp and chilly morning, two dozen children follow Greg Petersen down a woodchip path toward a thick woods. He stops them by a fenced-in pond, just where the path leads into the woods like a tunnel, and...

On the way for future GR grads: the promise of college funding

The district Board of Education is expected to vote Sept. 17 to approve establishment of a Grand Rapids Promise Zone Authority, thus beginning a process to appoint authority members who will develop a plan and specify its parameters...

Winning Submissions from Annual 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. Each winning student will receive a certificate...

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...

‘A Girl Like Her’ Shows Harsh Realities of Bullying, Suicide

When offered the opportunity to comment on bullying, the consensus from students who recently attended the screening of "A Girl Like Her" was it's real, it's what's happening and the truth of it is scary. Alyssa Mason, a student...

Demolishing Their Way to Being Better Neighbors

Before demolition of the former City High/Middle School began recently, Grand Rapids Public Schools officials symbolically smashed up the building at 111 College Ave. NE. Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal happily took a sledgehammer to a 4-foot-by-4-foot model replica of the...

Universal Forest Products Engineer John Kozal Mentors GRPS Students

When people who know John Kozal consider the touchstones of his life so far, these are the elements that rise to the surface: Driven by faith, loving father, dedicated dad, conscientious worker, long-time relationship with the Boy Scouts of...

Helping Hispanic Students Get to and Through College

Getting Hispanic students to pursue a college education is the main goal of the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (UHSLI), an organization that brought its student summit to Grand Rapids recently. Held at Union High School, the event featured...

U.S. Marine turned teacher honored as ‘Proud Michigan Educator’

A veteran of the U.S. Marines who survived a horrific helicopter crash, and now teaches math and science at Innovation Central High School, has been honored for his service to students and country...

Students Learn Lessons While Learning to Give

Saul Vazquez can divide his eighth-grade classmates into two groups, and of the two he knows exactly where he wants to belong: the group that does good for the community. A participant in the recent Giving Tuesday at Harrison Park...

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...

‘Free to Try, Free to Do Your Best’

For some students, inspiration came from a science teacher's lesson on the expanding universe. For others, it was reading "To Kill a Mockingbird" for the first time. And for others, it was finding their voice in the school choir. Many...

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...

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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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