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Fred Thorne: 47 Years of Service to Children

Fred Thorne gave all but 30 of his 77 years to the children of Sparta and Kent County as a quietly competent and humble school board member who was supportive of staff and committed to creating new opportunities for...

Students Hope to Save Lives with Honored Video

Brooke Buchanan and Molly Growney admit they sort of assumed their teacher was giving them busy work when he assigned them a project at the end of last school year. What they created took nearly four months to finish and...

‘When Trouble Came to Find Me, She Was There’

Lexis Pearson was a self-described troublemaker when she was in seventh grade. Her poor choices led her to the office of social worker Brooke Davis. But by her junior year, Pearson had turned herself around to the point of being...

Superintendents Support Students In the Face of DACA Decision

As a mother and grandmother, Teresa Weatherall Neal knows well the value of family. And as superintendent of nearly 17,000 Grand Rapids Public Schools students, she thinks about the families they all come from. So Neal’s reaction to President Trump’s...

Teachers Stock Up on Class Supplies, with Help

Wyoming's Parkview Elementary School teachers demonstrated their love for new school supplies at the Teacher Resource Store, where they left with cartloads of notebooks, pencils, folders, paper and the promise to "pay it forward." "Oh my gosh! Look at how...

Six Teachers Seek National Board Credentials

Big names in teaching in Kent County – Michigan Teachers of the Year for 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 – have joined forces to share the best ways to engage students and get them to achieve at high levels. A cohort of...

A Year in America, and Then Some

In his year of study at Wyoming High School, Triet Vu learned a lot of things about America and its education system that were much different from his home in Vietnam: the easier curriculum, the pervasive technology, the intensely...

‘A Great Big World Out There’

Experiencing faraway lands is important to staff and students at Kelloggsville and Comstock Park high schools. What impact does globe-trotting have on students, and how do they raise the money needed to add those stamps to their passports? Read...

Student Brings STEM to Nearby District

A Central Woodlands fifth-grader turned a little TV-watching time into a golden opportunity to reach students who maybe haven't had the same opportunities she has at her school. Inspired by a commercial, Hannah Levy applied for a $500 grant from...

A Bridge Between Late Childhood and Young Adult

As nine Rockford Freshman Center students munched on tacos she provided, Assistant Principal Kelly Amshey threw them an open-ended question. "How are we doing to prepare your class to move over to the 10-12 building next year?" Amshey asked the...

Tuned In, Turned Off and Taking Action

A dozen high school students were talking about the first presidential debate. They weren’t too impressed with Hillary Clinton, but even less so with Donald Trump. “A lot of what he said was just lies,” said Ashley Martinez, who tracked...

Up Close with In-Demand Careers

Beginning a career in manufacturing after high school can pay off fast, said industry rep. Angie Huyghe. An apprentice in the toolroom can make a total $160,160 in the first four years after graduating from high school. By that time,...

Two Local Schools Pinned with National Blue Ribbon Honor

Elementary schools in East Grand Rapids and Byron Center were two of 13 Michigan schools that were recently named National Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education. The national program, started in 1982, honors public and private elementary,...

Welcoming Our Newest, Most Vulnerable Students, Families

Tula Khadka remembers what it was like all too well. Arriving in West Michigan from Nepal in 2013, he didn’t know much English or the ways of his new country. He struggled to learn both in his freshman year...

300 Area Students Get Inside Local Companies on Groundhog Shadow Day

Miko Poot’s father worked with his hands, and that’s what the Wyoming High School senior imagines he’ll spend his professional life doing. But just how he's not sure. So Miko took advantage of an opportunity this week to job-shadow...

Local Schools Seek Help from Voters May 5

For those concerned about the funding of schools, the May 5 election ballot will present ample opportunity to address it. In addition to Proposal 1, the statewide ballot issue that would generate money for roads, schools and local governments, voters...
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