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Ready or not, school year begins as leaders adopt plans to teach, protect students

With most of Kent County’s public school districts opening next week, superintendents talk about their plans to educate students while trying to keep them safe from an unpredictable virus...

Forest Hills Eastern student takes top honors in Ford essay contest

Isabel Gil took first place in the 2020 President Gerald R. Ford Student Writing Challenge, while Nina Lu and Ethan Magley earned honorable mentions...

State funding drop drives $10.6 million budget cut

At a meeting on Monday, June 29, the Grand Rapids Board of Education approved a budget for 2020-21 that includes $10.6 million in cuts...

Stepping into leadership at a time of school change, social upheaval

Leadriane Roby, the new superintendent of Grand Rapids Public Schools, comes to the post facing the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and social upheaval around the George Floyd protests...

The Class of 2020: learning to roll with it

From 9/11 to the coronavirus, the Class of 2020 saw and experienced tremendous change within their school careers and young lives...

The year of schooling at home: hard work, loneliness and little blessings

In this time of distance learning, parents like Keshia Alhasan have truly lived the adage that parents are their children’s first teachers...

Students speak out on protests, call for ‘a better America tomorrow’

For area students, the ongoing protests over police brutality could be a teachable moment, a call to action or both...

Setting out with a camera to change the world for the better

Mariah Barrera, who has already made her mark with several award-winning short films, plans to pursue her passion at Columbia University in New York City...

‘A GRPS education can take you anywhere’

GRPS alumni have a new place to come together to share stories that will uplift and bring people together...

Best of the best: City High Middle rated tops in Michigan

City High Middle moved up one spot in 2020 to become the top-ranked high school in Michigan...

Teachers send love to students; students say right back atcha

With school abruptly ended for the rest of the year, we’ve seen how deeply teachers care about their students -- even across the chasm of social distancing – and how much their students miss them...

New academy preps students for hospitality, tourism careers

A new academy at Ottawa Hills High School aims to prepare students for good careers in hospitality and tourism...

Learning from a distance: ‘Keep them happy and keep them learning’

In this moment of social distancing, it’s an alternative way to get at the school’s aim of helping all students learn, yet in drastically different and varied circumstances...

School meal distributions to continue under stay-at-home order

Schools are permitted to continue providing pick-up meals for students under Gov. Whitmer’s stay-at-home order...

Online story time, virtual PE keep students connected during shutdown

'They need to see we’re smiling and happy and that we’re OK, and that they’re going to be OK too'...

Rallying to feed families

While alarming news regarding the novel coronavirus continues to unfold nationwide, Kent County teachers, administrators, food service workers and community volunteers are coming together to make sure students and families continue to have plenty of food while their schools are closed...

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...

My Hero, My Friend

Winners of the 2015 MLK Essay ContestA record 327 essays were entered for the 10th annual Warner Norcross & Judd LLP Martin Luther King...

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...
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