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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...

‘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...

Four Districts Ask Voters for Help Nov. 3

Four Kent County school districts will ask voters for financial support on the election ballot next Tuesday, Nov. 3. The tax requests would pay for everything from building repair and construction to new technology and security measures. Here’s a...

GRPS Bond Would Improve Buildings, Security and Technology

Yesenia Bernal spent eight weeks last summer researching the herpes simplex virus at the Van Andel Institute biomedical research firm. The senior at Innovation Central High School wishes more students had the opportunity to experience science from the inside. Yesenia...

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...

$175 Million Bond Request a Long Time Coming

When it came time to enroll their first child, Bodie, in kindergarten, Nancy Haynes and her husband, Bryan Bickford, checked out all the choices: public and parochial, charter and Christian, neighborhood school and neighboring district. When they walked into C.A....

This School Leader Loves Musical Theatre, Sunsets and Chocolate

School: Aberdeen Elementary What are your first priorities as principal? To strengthen a sense of community within the building for students, staff and families; work with the staff to create strong procedures and routines to ensure student safety and academic...

Grant to Fund Monthly Food Truck for School Communities

When Godfrey-Lee Public Schools teachers chipped in to pay for two Feeding America Mobile Food Pantry trucks to help feed the community last school year, the response was huge. Parents and community members lined up for the fresh bread, produce...

A New Kind of Flower Power for the 21st Century

Zoe Bultman says the theme of her winning ArtPrize entry is really pretty simple. “It’s possible for natural resources and electrical and industrial things to work together, peacefully and productively,” the City High Middle School junior said of “Flower Power,”...

Showing of “T-Rex” Boxing Film Was to Inspire Students About New Career Ideas

Bursts of applause and cheers erupted from high school students at a showing of the "T-Rex" documentary during ArtPrize, an enthusiasm organizers hope will lead them to explore careers in the film industry. "T-Rex" is the against-all-odds story of Claressa...

New Congress Leader Loves Social Justice, Fly Fishing, Children’s Funny Sayings

School: Congress School What are your first priorities as principal? Creating the opportunity for academic and social success for each individual student, and to make good on the promise of public education for all students. What are you most looking forward to...

Constitution Day Kindles Respect for Rights for All

Hands immediately shot up when attorney Tom Behm asked the fifth-graders at Gerald R. Ford Academic Center the year the U.S. Constitution was signed. The students lobbed a battery of years. 2003? 1996? 1960? "1787 is when our Constitution was drafted," Behm...

GRPS, City Come Together for Betterment of Students

A historic agreement between Grand Rapids Public Schools and the City of Grand Rapids was signed with proclamations of celebration and hope for the city's children. The Grand Rapids City Commission and GRPS Board of Education met on Sept. 22...

Student ‘Musees’ Explore Exhibits, Venture into City to Learn

Sirens are wailing as three score sixth-graders step out of the Van Andel Museum Center and into the heart of downtown Grand Rapids. The fire engines roar toward a plume of smoke west of U.S. 131, but the students...

Grand Rapids Child Discovery Center Cuts Ribbon for New Media Room

The $15,000 media room makeover for the Grand Rapids Child Discovery Center (GRCDC) is ready for use. The renovated space, revealed Monday, was chosen in April from 46 elementary and middle schools throughout Kent County as the winner of the...

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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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