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What does the 2020 Census have to do with school lunch?

With some funding dependent on census data, school districts help spread the word on this key count of residents...

GRPS Graduation Rates Up 71 Percent Since 2012

For the eighth consecutive year, GRPS saw improvement in district-wide graduation rates...

An African experience comes together in song, dance and word

The Grand Rapids Public Schools Department of Equity and Inclusion partnered with Motherland Cultural Connections to bring the Banin Experience to GRPS staff...

GRPS board selects Minnesota district administrator as next superintendent

The Grand Rapids Board of Education voted to hire Leadriane Roby as its next superintendent to lead the district into the future...

For hard-working student, Promise Zone scholarship ‘such a big relief’

Karla Lopez looks forward to graduating soon from Grand Rapids University Preparatory Academy and attending GRCC at no cost...

WMCAT students earn high honors in art competition

Twenty-one GRPS students won 80 awards for photography and ceramics in the 2020 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards regional competition...

Stepping up and giving back

For Luis Perez, being a mentor at Southwest Community Campus brings back a lot of great memories...

GRPS board narrows list of superintendent candidates to three

The Grand Rapids Board of Education will meet Feb. 17 to interview three candidates as the next possible GRPS superintendent, after narrowing the field from five Monday night...

School board to interview five superintendent candidates

The Board of Education has chosen five candidates to interview in its search for the next superintendent of Grand Rapids Public Schools...

‘It only takes one’

Bernice Wisnieski, a second grade teacher at Sibley Elementary School, and her sister, Mary Musto, a teaching consultant at Kent ISD, have teamed up to publish “It Only Takes One Caring Heart,” a children’s book that teaches inclusiveness in the classroom...

‘It might spark a desire to want to change something’

The Lunch & Learn series aims to bring in people representing different careers and backgrounds to speak on various topics...

‘A wonderful day’ for Grand Rapids: scholarship promise for students citywide

In addition to the Challenge Scholars scholarships available to Union High School graduates, students throughout Grand Rapids will be eligible for fully funded scholarships to Grand Rapids Community College thanks to the Grand Rapids Promise Zone development plan...

Challenge Scholars near the finish line

Seniors Leslie Torres and Francisco McKnight are among the first class of Union High Challenge Scholars, assured of four-year college scholarships from the Grand Rapids Community Foundation...

Student leaders recognized with scholarships

Three area high school students were awarded the $500 Helen Claytor Achievement Scholarship last month at the YWCA’s 2019 Tribute Awards ceremony...

Most districts allow phones, but with restrictions

An informal School News Network survey of public school districts in Kent County besides Forest Hills showed cell-phone use is generally not permitted in elementary schools, and only allowed under strictly defined conditions in middle and high schools...

Students supplement learning with ballet, clay creatures & Billie Holiday

A grant-funded partnership between Brookside Elementary and the Salvation Army Kroc Center sees third, fourth and fifth grade students make a trek twice a week through their backyard for classes in ballet, clay and jazz...

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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