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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...

Student-Run Chicken Biz Begins with Serenade

Sixth-grader Elizabeth Mealing launched into song to attract a new feathered friend. "Chicken, I will never eat you," she sang. "Chicken, you are so perfect. Chicken, I will never beat you. Chicken, you are so soft. You are loud, but...

Film Award Boosts Would-be Director’s Dreams

Aaron Voogt considered it a long shot, but he was willing to take the gamble. A year ago as he viewed contestants' work at the Mosaic Film Experience, Aaron, then a junior at Kenowa Hills High School, wondered how his...

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...

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...

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...

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...

‘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...

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...

GRPS Superintendent Sees Vision of Greatness Coming into View

Editor’s note: As the 2014-15 school year is about to conclude, School News Network invited Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal to reflect on the state of Grand Rapids Public Schools. Here, in the first of two installments, Neal looks back on...

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...

GRPS superintendent continues Transformation Plan listening tour

Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal will meet with parents, students, community members and school staff this week to get feedback on the GRPS Transformation Plan
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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...

‘Wet and Dirty but a Lot of Fun’

Strollers and bicyclists ambling through Ken-O-Sha Park this summer may notice some plants sticking up from a field behind a nearby school. Those would be the fruits, so to speak, of a prairie-planting project by students at Ken-O-Sha Elementary...

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...

Young Giants on the Move

You'll have to excuse Justice Shoalsand Hannibal Spencer if they appear more as a blur than standing still. It's just that these two young men have so many irons in the fire, they're not comfortable in one spot for...

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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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