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Learning from a distance: ‘Keep them happy and keep them learning’

In this moment of social distancing, it’s an alternative way to get at the school’s aim of helping all students learn, yet in drastically different and varied circumstances...

What does the 2020 Census have to do with school lunch?

With some funding dependent on census data, school districts help spread the word on this key count of residents...
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Student homelessness tied to lack of affordable housing

AJ, 16, is one of nearly 2,500 students in Kent County who are homeless. She is one of many young people affected by the lack of affordable and available housing...

Student award-winning artworks on display at Kendall

Numerous Kent ISD school district students are represented in an art display at The Fed Galleries until Feb. 29...

Legislators, superintendents, students talk top issues in Michigan Schools

One lawmaker said it’s important for them to understand 'what it means on the ground and in real life for our educators'...

To Australia with love

Area students are spearheading fundraisers to support those affected by bushfires in Australia that have been burning for months...

Student leaders recognized with scholarships

Three area high school students were awarded the $500 Helen Claytor Achievement Scholarship last month at the YWCA’s 2019 Tribute Awards ceremony...

Most districts allow phones, but with restrictions

An informal School News Network survey of public school districts in Kent County besides Forest Hills showed cell-phone use is generally not permitted in elementary schools, and only allowed under strictly defined conditions in middle and high schools...

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...
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Award-winning student videos explore cultural identity

Two area students won awards for their short videos exploring their cultural identity – and how others perceive them – in the 2019 Mosaic Mobile film contest...

‘Getting ready for the robot revolution’

Middle school students think robots are probably the future, but for right now they’re hoping to have fun, learn a few things and hang out with their friends...

Remembering their sacrifice

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

Five districts win tax approvals, one weathers defeat

Five Kent ISD school districts are breathing easier following voter approval of tax requests in Tuesday's election, but one, Cedar Springs, is weighing options after its proposed bond issue was defeated...

Working to reduce chronic absenteeism

The Kent County School-Justice Partnership meets almost monthly to work to keep kids in school...

Six districts in Kent ISD asking for funding on Tuesday ballot

Five school districts in Kent ISD have tax requests on the election ballot next Tuesday, Nov. 5. Here is a breakdown of what they’re asking for...
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