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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...

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...

Remembering their sacrifice

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

‘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...

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...

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...

Working to reduce chronic absenteeism

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

Learning under the trees

Local teachers who are mentoring the next generation of environmental stewards are benefiting from Groundswell's monthly programming...

School, city and college partner on public works class

Students will earn certifications and hands-on experience in the field. Those who complete the program are guaranteed a job interview...

A stroll through the city means a walk through art

The area’s youngest students discovered art in the city during a morning event offered by Project 1, by ArtPrize...

‘Bruno makes me feel happy and safe’

Cherry Creek third graders have taken a liking to newcomer Bruno, a therapy dog-in-training owned by teacher Brook Beaufait...

Student wins second straight grand prize in Congressional Art Competition

Northview senior Nick Ensing captures second straight grand prize in ArtFest 2019, the Congressional Art Competition for Michigan’s 3rd district...
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