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Children and Seniors Make Snowmen and Memories

No sooner had two dozen first-graders arrived at a Lowell assisted-living facility than Albertine Schreur began telling a few of them about her life long ago. "I went to school in Grand Rapids," Schreur, 96, told the girls sitting near...

Dinosaurs Make Reading Far From Extinct

Bushnell Elementary students recently got the chance to show off their class projects at the school’s annual Family Fun Night. The event typically coincides with the end of March is Reading Month. This year students studied dinosaurs.   Some classrooms displayed...

Students to Drivers: Put the Phone Down!

The image looms high above southbound U.S. 131, just north of the Burton Street exit -- a tear falling from a teen girl’s eye, a pair of hands clutching a cell phone instead of a steering wheel, and a...

From the ballpark to the open road, summer gigs keep this English teacher busy

When do you see a public school teacher driving a Porsche? When it’s somebody else’s Porsche...

Students Take to the Air with New Radio Station

Connor Smithee got hooked on radio in sixth grade. All it took was reading the weather report with Tommy Dylan and Brook Taylor on Star 105.7. “It was awesome,” recalled Connor, now a sophomore, about being on-air guest of the...

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...

Students Eating Homegrown, Healthy Food — and They Like It!

Katie Hofman didn’t miss a beat when she was asked whether she planned to try some spaghetti squash at lunch. “I like to try new things,” said the Murray Lake Elementary fifth-grader as she alternated bites of pancake dipped in...
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Learning tastes so sweet among winter’s maple trees

The Wittenbach/Wege Center is nature’s classroom for Lowell Area Schools students throughout the seasons. Follow this group of second-graders as they learn about the science of maple sugaring and its history among Michigan pioneers and Native Americans...

Pink Arrow Pride Runs Deep

Anna Organek stood before an auditorium full of her fellow Lowell High School students, describing what it was like to endure cancer as a child. “It made me and my family live every day to the fullest, and brought...

School of Rock: Will Play for Free

The high school band room before a recent evening practice was a flurry of activity and chatter, as students uncased their instruments and shrugged out of sweaters and jackets to reveal their matching black “Fusion Rock Orchestra” T-shirts. A girl...

Bright Beacons of Learning

Learning about lighthouses can be pretty great. Even better when you can visit one. And way, way better when you build one yourself. For some two decades, it's been a rite of passage for Alto Elementary fourth-graders to construct scale-model...

‘I’m the appreciation chairperson’

Parent volunteer Melissa Kelley-Carey says even the smallest amount of time is a big help, and that help doesn’t always come in the form of hours clocked

Hard Work, Leadership Pay Off for Student, Teacher at State FFA Convention

When Emma Blough attended her first Michigan FFA Convention as a freshman, she knew she wanted to be a state officer. Small wonder, then, that when she recently was named one of 12 FFA officers for Michigan, she cried. "It's...

Robots Take Over Schools for State, World Qualifiers

Four Kenowa Hills students surrounded a box of wires, wheels and pulleys they called Judy, making last-minute adjustments. They had spent six weeks putting her together, after school and on weekends. Now was the time to send her out...

Muy Creativo!

It can all be traced to Conner Meyers’ delicate complexion. “He burns so easily,” explained classmate Kelly Kroll. “He even got sunburned when we were making the video.” The video Kelly was referring to was one of a handful created by...

From Panther to Red Arrow, he’s on his way

Steve Gough (pronounced Goff) is the new Lowell High School principal. SNN gets to know him in this edition of Meet Your Principal...
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