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$$ and Sense: Middle School Students Operate Bank

When it comes to crunching numbers, Valleywood Middle School eighth-grader Kristin Crumley is ready to help make things add up for her peers. Psyched for...

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,...

Girls Only! STEM Event Shows Students Possibilities in Male-Dominated Fields

Using a procedure involving test tubes, funnels and cheesecloths, Kentwood Public Schools fifth-grade girls separated light pink, mushy blobs from smushed strawberries.“Oooh, it feels...

Whodunit? Freshman Piece Together Decades Old Mystery

The suspects left puzzle pieces: footprints and fingerprints around the bodies outside the Slater-Morrill Shoe Company. East Kentwood Freshman Campus students eyed the evidence in...

Governor Visits Kentwood, Talks About Early Education Investment

The state's investment into early childhood education programs has resulted in 830 more children in Greater Grand Rapids attending tuition-free preschool this year compared...

Newcomer Program Provides Immigrant Students a Foothold for Language, Academic Development

With curious faces, students in Kentwood Public Schools' Newcomer Center Program greeted visitors to their classroom, some smiling shyly and others offering beaming grins. The...

Teacher in the Running for Top Math Award

Editor’s note: This is part of a continuing series on the difficulties many students have with math, and what methods some schools and teachers...

Students Hit the Links After School Thanks to The First Tee

When Bowen Elementary School fifth-grade student Breanna Scott took her turn putting, the golf ball rolled past the hole. Brendan Coallier, an intern for The...

Teachers Teach Each Other, Share Expertise

East Kentwood Spanish teacher Rachael Ubaldo read the words “la tortilla Espanola” during a game of vocabulary bingo. “Oooh!” teachers said in unison as...

Van Andel Institute Experience Moves Students to Become Scientists

In Van Andel Institute’s (VAI) research laboratories, scientists are constantly researching ways to improve human health and medicine. They examine cell reactions, cancer growth...

Maranda Welcomes Area Teachers for Back-to-School Advice

WOTV4's Maranda Where You Live program recently invited four teachers from Kent ISD schools to discuss their favorite things about being a teacher and...

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...

Band Teacher of the Year Challenges Students Beyond Typical Level

There was a happy vibe in band teacher Jim Ross' Pinewood Middle School band room. While playing clarinets, flutes, drums, saxophones, trombones and other...

Lookin’ Good: Middle School Students Learn How to Tie a Tie from Local Professionals

Local hip-hop artist George Moss demonstrated how to tie a tie to Crestwood Middle School students. "Shwoo," he said, flipping the long end of the...

Alternative Students Challenged to “Be Phenomenal”

If you can survive on the streets, you can survive in school and, later, in the marketplace.  If you don't, there will be very...

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When there's time – and usually there's not – Dan Takens will pilot his car the 10 or 11 miles from his office at...
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