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Innovation brought to life

Students in Kentwood’s’ gifted and talented program presented long-term projects on innovation at Discovery Elementary -- everything from drones and phones to light bulbs and 3-D printing...

Middle-school girls creating 3D hand for child

Last fall, students raised money to purchase a 3D printer, which uses Blender software. Since then, they have learned to design orthopedic hands and completed two prototypes...

Multi-talented Falcon senior shines on and off the field

East Kentwood baseball and football standout Kyle Dent not only makes waves on the field, but also isn’t so shabby in the classroom...

Adults, students hold discourse on challenges facing teens

Kent County adults who work with youth in various fields joined several high school students in addressing that question during Wedgwood Christian Services’ recent State of the Child event ...

Students explore myriad career options as they look toward the future

The event included 32 workshops and 140 career and college representatives, and spanned industries including higher education, skilled trades, the military, public services, public safety, retail and more...

The world is now the stage for graduate who overcame behavioral issues

Shamar is known as a jokester, a fun-loving, energetic student. He dreams of becoming a professional actor. But he spent several years constantly in trouble and struggling to find his way...

Bond requests pass in Rockford, Lowell; maintenance levy fails in Sparta

Six districts passed requests, ranging from non-homestead millages to major bond proposals for new and revamped buildings...

For some students, graduating takes five or six years — ‘and that’s OK’

Districts including Kentwood, Grand Rapids and Wyoming face distinct challenges in their four-year grad rates, partly because of their large immigrant/English-language learner populations. But they are making progress under the radar...

Former EPA official sees young people leading environmental ‘reawakening’

Mustafa Santiago Ali sees passionate environmental concerns in young people all across the country, as he brings his global-warning message to students through the lens of hip-hop culture...

Non-homestead renewal up for vote in Kentwood Public Schools

Voters will consider on Tuesday, May 7 renewing the current 10-year operating millage, an assessment of 18 mills on non-homestead properties...

YouTube video’s message: ‘This is where we come from, and we love it’

While the phrase 'we are family' can be said in many languages, its feeling is universal inside the hallways and classrooms at East Kentwood High School...

Students celebrate black history, diversity through arts

Uplifting poems, skits, dances and music were all part of the eighth annual Black History Diversity Celebration Feb. 13 in the East Kentwood High School auditorium...

Upping the equity quotient in math

Leading Educators involves about 50 educators in Godwin Heights, Wyoming, Godfrey-Lee, Kentwood and Grand Rapids Public Schools who have signed on for a two-year commitment...
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A powerful message for adolescent girls: ‘Love yourself every day’

Girls from Grand Rapids, Kentwood and Wyoming Public Schools spent a day focused on self-esteem, health and wellness and just being themselves...

‘What’s worth fighting for?’ Middle-schoolers reflect on Civil Rights movement

In the most diverse district in the state, students considered the power of their own voices in learning about Civil Rights and honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr...

How best to get the jump on college? Students give the lowdown

These days, students have multiple ways to get credit for college courses – and save college tuition – while still in high school. We asked a few from East Kentwood and Rockford high schools which options they chose, and why...
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