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This Time Last Year: Ten-Year-Olds Start Fourth Year of Giving

Remember when you were 10? For a lot of us, life revolved around only a couple of things – simply playing outdoors, for example, and maybe trying to squirm out of homework. But for a half-dozen young ladies who...

Sometimes, parents really do know best

Gloria Baker is competing for a national research scholarship with the help of instructors in the Health Sciences Early College Academy...

Six Kent ISD Districts Seek Funds for Buildings, Safety and Technology

Responding to the needs of aging buildings, heightened security and fast-moving technology, one-third of the Kent ISD's 20 school districts will ask their voters to pay for school improvements next Tuesday, May 6. Six districts are requesting either bond issues...

Together, Parents & Teachers Foster Good Readers

With a red crayon, Sydney O'Keefe, 4, colored on white paper over a cardboard "D." The letter magically appeared bright and bold. While Sydney had fun with literacy activities, her mother, Nicole O'Keefe, talked about ways she works with Sydney...

New Rules Require Parents be Educated Before Deciding Against Routine Immunizations

With growing numbers of Michigan parents choosing not to have their children receive vaccinations required for children to attend school, state health officials want to make sure parents are making informed choices. Beginning Jan. 1, parents choosing a non-medical waiver...

High Schoolers’ Work with Kindergartners Yields ‘Remarkable Results’

More than a dozen teenagers and young children sat politely in a circle on the gym floor. Then came the craziness. “Duck, duck, duck, duck …” said a boy, tapping each person’s head as he walked. “Goose!” The last tap...

Superheroes Save the Day (Even Marriages) at ArtPrize

The superheroes from Kent Transition Center -- a few masked and caped, ready to explore all quarters of light and dark -- charged into the David D. Hunting YMCA, ready to perform their truth, observations and, well, superpowers. To the...

Young Artist Leaves Mark with Mural

When senior Kibsaim "Kibsy" Ruiz Salva paints, she relaxes. That's an important outlet for someone who is already working toward becoming a doctor. Kibsy is beginning her studies to become a neurosurgeon by attending the Kent Career Tech Center's Health...

For Some, Spring Break Meant Exploring Careers

Exploring college and career possibilities took a science fiction-like turn for Nathan Lemons in early April. With the space-agey Samsung Gear VR, a virtual-reality device, positioned over his eyes, the Kelloggsville Middle School eighth-grader was immersed inside the video game,...

World Peace, Aid for Refugees on Display in Final Projects

Helping refugees acclimate to living in the U.S. and mock trials using forensic science were among the many final projects students from Kent ISD's Innovation High displayed last month before winter break. Students set up booths at Innovation High to...

Whose Top Priority?

Education is my top priority. Our children are our future. Ask virtually any politician a question about education and those are the responses you’re likely to hear. Well, Michigan residents aren’t buying it. Seventy-six percent of respondents to a recent survey...

20 Districts, Many Ways to Add Five More Days

How do you add five days to the school year without disrupting family schedules, while increasing student learning and not starting before Labor Day? Ask Ron Caniff and he’ll tell you: It’s not easy. The superintendent of Kent ISD, which serves...

Third Grade Reading and Reality

Just in time for the holidays, there are a new group of action figures fighting for Michigan’s third graders.  We’re not yet sure what mom and dad think about these new heroes, who are fighting for literacy at grade...

‘It Saves People’s Lives’

Andrea Lewis doesn't think of herself as someone with the bottomless drive to tackle any problem. But she also won't back away from issues she deems important. Those include navigating a winding process to secure a valuable piece of lifesaving...

‘To Learn, They Have to Feel Safe’

When a student walks in Sarah Gammans' office and closes the door, it's always possible she might have to ask the question. Do you have a plan to kill yourself? And the student might answer, "Not today, Mrs. Gammans. But last...

One-of-a-Kind Technology Conference

Where can you try out a specially designed stool for the classroom that lets kids get their wiggles out and stay seated at the same time? How about a spongy yet oddly firm "frame" you can put around a...
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