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A powerful message for adolescent girls: ‘Love yourself every day’

Girls from Grand Rapids, Kentwood and Wyoming Public Schools spent a day focused on self-esteem, health and wellness and just being themselves...

Pressure Builds for SkillsUSA Nationals

In a few weeks, Dominic Krupp will be part of a two-person team tasked with coming up with an idea for a short video, storyboarding it out, then shooting, editing and uploading it -- all in 36 hours. Godwin Heights...

20 Districts, Many Ways to Add Five More Days

How do you add five days to the school year without disrupting family schedules, while increasing student learning and not starting before Labor Day? Ask Ron Caniff and he’ll tell you: It’s not easy. The superintendent of Kent ISD, which serves...

Leaders to Young Males: Make Smart Choices

Nathaniel Stanley knows how easy it would have been to take the wrong path. The Davenport University sophomore said that's the importance of conferences like the 2nd Annual African-American Male Conference held at Grand Rapids Community College. The message of...

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...

Collaborative Youth Fair Showcases Student Work in After-School Programs

Grand Rapids Public Schools hosted the annual Collaborative Youth Fair this Spring at Creston High School. All GRPS schools with a LOOP after school program had a display table to showcase work, projects, and activities from the program. The student’s work was...

Getting their kicks

New neon pink shoes with orange laces put a smile on Godfrey Early Childhood Center student Dulce Venegas’ face, and she declares herself ready “to run.” Mom is happy too. “It’s a big help,” says Lucia Venegas, whose three children...

Students see new horizons, thanks to free glasses

In collaboration with Grand Rapids Public Schools and the Kent County Health Department, nonprofit organization Vision To Learn launched a program to provide free eye exams and glasses to students at Aberdeen K-8 School. Plans are to roll it out to all 50 GRPS schools...

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...

Donation Warms Students Doing Good for Others

On a chilly morning on Grand Rapids’ West Side, students enjoyed warm garb as they sawed, painted and took nail guns to a Habitat for Humanity home. The clothing was donated by Wolverine, a brand of Wolverine Worldwide, to the...

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...

Two New Leaders for City Schools

Snowboarder, Mushroom Harvester, Stevie Wonder Fan Meet Your Principal: Ryan Huppert School: City High/Middle and the Center for Economicology Other positions you have held in education: Sparta Community Education: teacher of ESL to migrant agricultural community; Grand Rapids Public Schools: science teacher...

She supports school with business partners, great food

Rachel Lee encourages other neighborhood parents to check out the school, and helps in the classroom and on the playground, all while running her own restaurant, Citizen

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...

Entrepreneurial student wins $5,000 to expand his lawn-care business

Calvin Pimpleton, an entrepreneurial junior at Innovation Central High School’s Academy of Business, Leadership, and Entrepreneurship (ABLE) program, recently won $5,000 at Start Garden’s 5x5 competition for business startups...

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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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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