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Grant Hits All the Right Notes with New Instruments

Kindergarten student Taylor Blackmon tucked a violin under her chin and began plucking its strings, one by one: E, A, D and G. The exercise was less cumbersome for her today, thanks to a new violin more suitably sized...

Health Advocate Jean Jilote: ‘Always Smiling, Always Available’

It's not two minutes into our interview, and already health advocate Jean Jilote is shedding tears. It's not that she's suffered some recent loss or experienced pain or trauma. She's just so in love with her kids that the thought of...

Club Subtracts Fear from Math

Diamond Sparkman softly counts aloud as she measures the sides of a polygon displayed on a computer screen, trying to determine its area. “Seven times seven is 49,” she says, writing the equation on paper. Then she’s stuck. “Miss Kanoza,...

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...

Elementary Artists Send Creations to Brighten Seniors’ Rooms

The students of Coit Creative Arts Academy have found a champion for their art program in a state-champion equestrian, and senior citizens have found their rooms a little cheerier as a result. So goes a warm partnership between Coit, a...

Jump-Start for Young Hearts

Malia Elzinga puffed and panted after several rounds of jumping rope. But the exertion was well worth it to the North Park Montessori third-grader. You see, she wasn’t jumping just for exercise. She was raising money for the American Heart...

Water Donation: ‘Anyone Can Make a Difference’

Two students helped teacher Peggy Luebs unload three cases of bottled water from her car, each containing 40bottles she bought on special at Costco. Then they watched as she filled in a hallway chart showing her class’ latest contribution...

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...

Energy-Efficiency Requires Constant Vigilance

On a frigid, snowy afternoon at Sibley Elementary School, students were bathed in light and perfectly warm as they worked. In a computer lab/library, natural light flowed through a floor-to-ceiling window onto first-grade teacher Lisa Gillespie as she helped a...

Warm Feet, Warm Hearts

While many C.A. Frost students were designing cupcakes, others were gathering socks. Sixth- through ninth-grade students held a drive that collected more than 250 pairs, which were donated to The Other Way Ministries in Grand Rapids. Seventh-grader Elizabeth Bursley said...

Everybody Wins at Cupcake Wars

Grand Rapids sixth-graders went to war with weapons of frosting and yummy cake, but the winners were children in need at Christmas. Cupcake Wars 2015 featured the fancifully decorated creations of students from C.A. Frost Environmental Science Academy and Zoo...

Start College Planning Early, Experts Say

Focus on your GPA, get involved, develop good study habits. Students can start preparing for college as early as freshman year, which makes it a lot easier as the semesters tick by, say local high school counselors. Here are a...

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...

Students Celebrate Film, Learn about Media from HBO

Executives from HBO were in Grand Rapids recently to talk with some of the area’s youth. No, not for some new reality series, but to share insight into careers in media and entertainment. Students also viewed the finalists of...

How Does Your Garden Grow? By Cultivating Partners

Put a bunch of third-graders in a garden and the subject of spiders is bound to come up. The crawly creatures were a hot topic among Renee Howard’s students at Congress Elementary School, when they ventured with “Farmer Mike” into...

School Votes Push Three Districts Forward, One Back

Following Tuesday’s votes on tax requests for four Kent ISD school districts, three superintendents were smiling. The fourth was choking back tears. Voters approved multi-million-dollar bond issues for Grand Rapids Public Schools and Kentwood Public Schools, as well as a...

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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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