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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,...

Hands on Hearts, Students Vow to Spread Kindness

More than 50 high school students line up on one side of a school gym, ready to acknowledge the secret hurts of their lives. A...

Area Students Bring Home Medals from State Competition

Bread, cinnamon rolls, coffee cake, pie and cookies baked from scratch in three-and-a-half hours was only part of a day’s work for Kayla Coppock,...

Lansing Adds Confusion as Common Core Implementation Begins

The Common Core is coming, so get ready. That has been the message across all 20 school districts in Kent County for three years. Thousands...

Students Help With Fundraiser for Arab and Muslim Women

Students from a number of Kent County schools are pitching in to help fund a new shelter for West Michigan Arab and Muslim women. The...

From Immigrant to Valedictorian and Millennium Scholar

When Kaleab Mamo arrived in Michigan from his native Ethiopia, he started his freshman year at Creston High School speaking no English.  Now, he’s finished...

Tech Center Students to Start Classes at Downtown Market

Quick!  How many places can you find high school students engaged in learning?  While you might be able to list some of the 60+...

Programs Help Transitional Families Keep Kids in School

Two years ago, Jessica had a steady job, a home and three children enrolled in Godwin Heights Public Schools. That was before she started...

Health Students Help Doctors, Nurses with Disaster Drill

Emanuel Melendez appeared weary and ill when he walked in. “I’m so weak and the nausea has been so bad,” he told Dr. James Barron,...

Top Students Find a Real Challenge in ATYP

Nineteen students hunch intently over their papers and scratch away with pens and pencils. Their English writing assignment this morning: In what way has...

Providing the Services Families Need – Right at School

When Kenyana Gary brought her children to Sibley Elementary School two years ago, she had just been laid off from her job, recently divorced,...

Overcoming Asperger’s, Becoming a Student Leader

Gage Schell led tours of the Informational Technology program at Kent Career Tech Center, articulately explaining the program to adult visitors. He served on...

Innovation High, Global Tech: Engaging Students in Real World Connections & Projects

World War II for sophomore Zach Jones became something real when he met veterans who remembered it firsthand. It brought the history lesson to...

Districts Seeing Red Over Michigan’s Color-Coded Accountability System

When the state’s new color-coded School Accountability Scorecard rated Rockford Public Schools red – the lowest ranking – school district parents didn’t understand why....

Choices Influence District Enrollment, Revenues

For baseball fans, the first Wednesday in October offered a chance to watch the American League sort out Wild Card teams to determine who...

School Funding: Where Do We Go From Here?

There’s an ongoing debate about school funding in our state. The governor and legislators of his party claim they’ve contributed more to education in each...
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