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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...

Remembering their sacrifice

With cards, visits, songs and poems, students took time on Veterans Day to honor those who have served...

‘It feels important’

Another benefit has been increased parental involvement. After parents watched the Tiger Talk segment about reading night, attendance doubled over last year’s event...

Learning under the trees

Local teachers who are mentoring the next generation of environmental stewards are benefiting from Groundswell's monthly programming...

Turning the page toward equity

An effort to increase diversity in books in the district has resulted in an allocation of $1,500 per teacher for new titles, and a continued priority to keep shelves stocked and current...

School, city and college partner on public works class

Students will earn certifications and hands-on experience in the field. Those who complete the program are guaranteed a job interview...

This musician’s swan song is sure to be just his start

After embracing cello instruction, East Kentwood High School senior passes huge music milestones, looks ahead to college...

Self-reflection = strong connections

Kentwood teachers are taking an established relationship-building model a step further, with a new phase of training that involves self-reflection...

Governor talks grit with second-graders, budget with media

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer visited second-graders at Meadowlawn Elementary to talk about what it’s like to have her job. She also weighed in on state issues with the media...

‘Read. It’s really that simple’

District-wide, more than 400 Pinewood, Valleywood and Crestwood middle school students went summer-book shopping to end the school year, each choosing three free books to read while school’s out...

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...
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