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Local students respond to Oxford shootings: ‘This should not be normal’

Area students share their thoughts in the wake of the latest U.S. school shooting, this time fewer than 200 miles away...

Learning opportunities for student social-emotional and mental-health support

Special Education Director Kirsten Myers shared the following list of Kent ISD resources that was sent out to special-education and other administrators throughout Kent County following last week’s mass shooting at Oxford High School...

Positive behavior: that’s the ticket

Through incentives such as tickets for good behavior, West Godwin is seeing good results from a positive-behavior intervention program...

Fitnesspalooza boosts minds, bodies, one another

A mental and physical wellness day in Cedar Springs taught sixth-graders how to cope with stress and advocate for their peers...

New curriculum helps students understand how emotions impact learning

The district created a committee last year to review its social-emotional learning curriculum by defining a vision, considering why it is important and what the district hopes to achieve...

Gunner, another counseling dog, joins Chillie as greeter, morale booster

The Rockford Education Foundation recently welcomed Gunner the golden retriever to the high school counseling program as a counseling dog...

School coordinators tap into communities, connect resources

Eighteen months into the pandemic, there’s perhaps never been a time more pressing for families to have a sense of belonging in their schools...

Wanted: teens who can inspire change, spark passions

Local middle- and high-school students are invited to apply by June 4...

Making mental health awareness part of school culture

Paint Kenowa Green is about creating safe spaces and ending stigma...

Mentoring during a pandemic: more important than ever

There’s a long list of students waiting for a positive role model, and a list of adults waiting to be of support. The program is always looking for more volunteers...

Creating safe spaces

On a freezing February morning at Pathways High School, two speakers from Michigan non-profit i understand spoke to students about the importance of mental health...

Virtual counseling office offers ‘one-stop’ services

The site offers new ways for students to connect, on anything from academic questions to mental health issues...

Partnership continues focus on student emotional, mental health

A group is working to identify trauma and provide support early in order to increase student success...

Mental health checks and career exploration find virtual home in school districts

A tool students can use with their phones is opening doors to careers -- many of them local -- and giving administrators a read on emotional wellness...

Stress, studies and the pandemic: a steep learning curve

In response to the social and emotional impacts brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, Rockford’s Developing Healthy Kids Campaign wants students and families to know they are not alone...

Students find a quiet place to chill out: the hygge room

A calming “hygge room” has become a popular part of Roguewood Elementary’s mental-health supports for students during the pandemic...
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