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‘No prerequisites for being taught to read and write’

The Literacy Center at Discovery Elementary serves students with focused instruction and the belief that all students can benefit from being taught to read and write...

Fancy F’s and elegant L’s

This teacher gives her students extra credit for completing vocabulary assignments in cursive...

Third graders have the solution to organizing toys in messy bedrooms

Students at Discovery and Explorer elementary schools are creating prototypes for toy storage containers by using the design thinking process...

Sylvia James fills opening on Kent ISD School Board

Kent ISD’s School Board appointed Sylvia James to its five-member board after long-time member Bill Joseph retires...

‘All of their stories come together’

In a school district that is home to many not born in the U.S., seventh graders dive deep into learning about and welcoming newcomers from all over the world...

Musicians take on anything but classical

Forty-four students become immersed each morning in music styles ranging from bluegrass to alternative rock in the Anything But Classical Orchestra...

A and B student strives for success, from a motel room

A homeless Kent County teen talks about stressors, family, schoolwork and life in a motel...

They got the moves like coders

Hundreds of district students took part in the national Hour of Code...

Shooting for a greener school

They used design thinking to come up with solutions to make the school more environmentally friendly...

Reality 101

In East Kentwood High School’s personal finance class, students quickly learned what grown-up expenses take bites out of income...

Middle Schoolers help build, design underwater robot

It will play a significant role in a year-long environmental study of Buck Creek and its levels of pollutants...

Living in cars, campers, motels and ‘doubled-up,’ homeless students struggle to succeed

Schools -- urban, suburban and rural -- are seeing increased numbers of homeless students and fewer options for housing because of high rents and scarce vacancies...

Blessed by Brookelyn supports GRPS elementary school athletics

When Tonya Elias lost her daughter in a tragic accident five years ago, she decided to start a nonprofit in Brookelyn’s name, using the life insurance money received after her death...

Kaleidoscope of cultures

‘...It is of paramount importance that the community understands their stories,’ said a student organizer of the inaugural event at the school...

Blog competition leads to tall tales, descriptive writing

Each Friday teacher Todd Jongekrijg gives his fourth graders a topic for a weekly blog competition. They publish their blogs and comment on each other’s for points...
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