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Pink Arrows Provide Strength, Hope for Those with Cancer

Shelby Offrink wheeled her way toward an ocean of pink, pushed along in her wheelchair by her husband, Ben, younger daughter Hazel on her lap and older daughter Maeve by her side. She had been here several times before,...

Lowell Teacher Honored for Contributions to Math Education

A Lowell Middle School teacher who uses journaling and project-based learning to help students see the usefulness of math was recently honored for her efforts. Katey Johnson was given the Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics Region 4 Director's...

With Song and Support, Students Connect with Ugandan Orphans

It's one thing to send money to an orphan halfway around the world.  It's quite another to talk to him face-to-face, some Lowell third-graders learned this year. Thanks to the magic of Skype, students at Murray Lake Elementary chatted with...

From Genocide to College, Rwandan Refugee Student Keeps Faith Strong

Editor's note: This is the seventh of a series about students who have had to overcome unusual challenges and hardships to graduate this spring. Moses Kabandana was born in Rwanda in January 1994, just before the killing started. By that June,...

From Skinned Knees to Shoveling Snow, She Does it All

When it comes to her role at Alto Elementary School, Vicky Pratt's philosophy is pretty simple. "If it needs to be done, I don't mind doing it," Pratt says, taking a break from her job as office assistant for...

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...

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...

School Day or Snow Day? Driving in the Dark Helps Make the Call

On a late January morning, Carol Hamilton was out driving at 3:30 a.m. to see just how bad the roads were around Lowell. Pretty bad, she quickly found. After driving for nearly two hours, the Lowell Area Schools transportation director called...

Embezzlement Case Raises Safeguard Issues for Schools

As parent-run youth sports programs go, this one seemed to be thriving. More than 100 third- through sixth-grade girls competed in volleyball against girls from five other programs, learned skills from high school players and got to attend summer...

Students Rewarded for Teen Driver Safety Campaign

Jacob North knows of too many people his age killed in car crashes. "The ones that really hit home are the ones where we have students killed," said the Lowell High School senior. "Those are things you never forget." North and...

Art and Chemistry Create Some Magic

The late-autumn air is frigid, but inside the kiln it’s almost 2,000 degrees. Lowell High School students gather around the shiny metal cylinder as art teacher Susan Langford shouts, “Our kiln is almost ready!” Student Tanner Barnes cranks a winch...

Two Lowell Odyssey of the Mind Teams Win State Finals

It doesn’t look nearly big enough to hold 400 pounds. After all, it’s just a little toothpick-scaffold-like structure made of balsa wood and glue. It weighs just 15 grams, or 0.03 pounds. But the “little toothpick scaffold that could”...

Late Joiner Surprised to Land in National Finals

When a friend suggested Ethan Sutton join a Lowell High School business club this year, he thought, “Why not? It should look good on a resume.” It will indeed. By May, Ethan found himself in an Orlando, Fla. hotel, in...

Lowell Grads Pay it Forward On Service Learning Day

Some washed windows. Others weeded a playground. Still others played cards with senior citizens. All of the 200-plus seniors from Lowell High School gave something back to the community on a day of service to mark their graduation. They fanned...

Lambs, Chicks and Horses Become a Science Lesson

Gazing at four pigs in a pen, the first graders wanted to know why some of them had blue tags in their ears and others, pink. Simple, Delaney Droog told them: It makes it easier to tell the boy...

Junior Gardeners Get Up Close & Personal with Honeybees, Vegetables, Beetles

“How do you get into this thing?” That’s Leo Tavarone, a fourth-grader at Murray Lake Elementary School, as he tries to wiggle his way into a bee suit.  He needs to figure this out, because in a few minutes he and...
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