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Motivating Students: Educators Will Do Whatever It Takes

Getting inspired to do well in school might come naturally for some students. But for others, a little incentive, like seeing the principal getting a Mohawk or slowly putting a pie on a teacher’s face, might make school a...

Nonprofit Helps Students Boost Test Scores, Confidence Through Free Private Tutoring

Townline Elementary School fourth-grader Kadyn Toris has made huge gains in reading since he began receiving private tutoring at Streams of Hope. Since second grade, Kadyn has attended a total of six 12-week sessions inside the food pantry at the...

Food Day Celebrates Cultures Across the Globe

East Kentwood High School seniors Jai'Ana Moore and Zachary VanderScheer wanted to bring students together over food from different countries and cultures. While they brought in Turkey Knuckles and Dutch cookies to their International Food Day event, they tasted...

Board Member’s Bywords: Grit, Growth and Giving Back

If Kentwood Public Schools Board of Education Vice President Allen Young was standing in front of a classroom, he would tell students to never give up. He would tell them to usethe "Kentwood grit" for which the the district...
Social worker Pam Buschle uses an iPad with her prosthetic hand

Limbs Lost, She Gives Back with Her Heart

With her kind voice and seemingly ever-present smile, it's easy to see how Challenger Elementary social worker Pam Buschle has impacted the lives of children over the past 26 years, offering support and a helping hand to many.
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A Medley of Talent

East Kentwood High School students recently performed a collage-style concert, which was filmed and edited by students in the Falcon News Network broadcasting class...

… And More on the Way?

Chinese students enrolled at East Kentwood and Rockford high schools may be joined by more Weiming Education Group students next school year. Bernie Lu, Arthur Li, and Tony Junxiang were among a group of 14 Chinese high school students visiting...

East Kentwood Teacher Named Among Nation’s Best in Science and Math

East Kentwood High School math teacher Luke Wilcox is one of only 108 math and science teachers in the U.S. selected to receive the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The nation’s highest honor for such...

Parking Lot Painted with ‘Positivity & Joy’

On a gray-grit city parking lot through some of this summer’s hottest days, a dozen students painted a bright path of hope. Their zig-zag creation of sunshine colors on West Fulton Street in Grand Rapids emerged from interviews with area...

Knowing Students Comes First for Teacher of the Year

Question: If there are 100,000 teachers in Michigan, what is the probability of being named the state's Teacher of the Year? Answer: The probability cannot easily be calculated because one needs to factor in the countless different qualities that make...

Local business mentors have big impact on students

Each Friday, employees from Walther-Trowal allot a half-hour of their workday to spend time with Discovery Elementary students, doing school work and just having fun...

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...

Students Get To Know Each Other Over ‘Mixed-Up’ Lunch

While eating lunch with a random group of peers, Valleywood Middle School eighth-grade classmates discussed what they can’t live without. “I can’t live without my cell phone,” said Victor Eskew. “I can’t live without music,” said Reyna Delgado. “I can’t live without...

Kentwood Students Make Gains in Learning While Having Fun in ARCH Summer Program

Soon-to-be fifth graders Amaree James, Jerreh Saidykhan and Jordan Steffen dug for a buried clue in the dusty dirt of Meadowlawn Elementary School’s baseball diamond during Kentwood Public Schools’ ARCH summer program’s scavenger hunt. Around them, classmates searched the...

Fourth-Grader Publishes Book, Finishing Her Second

The stories seem to flow out of fourth-grade student Oummu Kabba's pencil and onto the paper. She writes narratives with strong characters, suspense and excitement. At just 8 years old, she is the published author of "Charlie the Talking...

A Chance to Have Their Say – Finally

Editor's note: For 18-year-old high school students, Tuesday's election was their first chance to cast a ballot for president. School News Network asked several students from Kent County-area public schools what their first vote for president meant to them,...
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