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A student’s perspective on March for Our Lives: ‘I helped make that happen’

Northview High School junior Morgan King shares her perspective on the March for Our Lives and the student movement to make schools safer

Students take action, lend voices to honor Florida school victims and plead for violence...

The number 17 served as a marker not only for moments of silence in honor of those killed, but for students’ thoughts on how to make schools safer and kinder

Rattled by false threat rumors, students share anxieties and ideas on school safety

On the same day that Northview High School students gathered to discuss ways to improve school safety, many went home because of false rumors of a threat against the school

Local students push for change in wake of Florida school shooting

Students at City High/Middle School are joining the ranks of a national student-led movement to make their schools safer, stepping up where adults have failed to act

Signing for Children Opens ‘Window to Information’

Early on a Monday morning, Kari Chapin’s kindergartners sit on the floor as she leads them through lively exercises -- singing the days of the week, counting the date with pennies -- then announces they’ll soon have their 100th...

From Ireland to India, Students Tour Holidays Around the Globe

Yes, Christmas is coming, and Hanukkah just happened, to the delight of kids across America. How are other children around the world celebrating the holidays? A couple of local classrooms sent their students on a quest to find out. Forest...

Love’s Labor’s Not Lost in Earning This Ph.D.

Her love of teaching Shakespeare led high school English teacher Sheridan Steelman to write a doctoral dissertation on a new way to do just that – and, she hopes, to write a book to help fellow teachers. Steelman planned to...

Student Writings for Theatre by the Numbers: A Sampling

Student submissions from Nancy Hoffman’s Advanced Theatre Arts Class, highlighted in the related story: The Play’s the Thing; So’s the Writing "Side Effects" by Heaven Rademaker Hello, over-the-counter medication. Hi, it's me again. I know I keep calling with complaints but poison...

The Play’s the Thing; So’s the Writing

A lengthy short story from the mind of Eliot King comes to life onstage in a powerful pantomime by Marissa Schutter and Donovan Fletcher. A science-fiction tale written by Hailee Cederquist becomes a humorous domestic skit about channel-surfing by...

Can’t Keep A Can-do Man Down

It took the better part of four years for Mike Alanowski to get his foot in the door as a full-time employee in the facilities department at Kent ISD. And now that he's entrenched, it's doubtful anyone will ever be...

Getting it All on Film and Dreaming Big

If you want to know a bit about David Tay and the pride he takes in his school, watch this video. It’s a lip-dub he filmed of the high school last spring, a catchy cavalcade of students dancing, running up...

Make Art, Then Prosper

When Tricia Erickson was a little girl, her mother found her drawing pictures of Yogi Bear and his cartoon friends Tricia watched on TV. Struck by how accurate the drawings were, her mom asked, “You drew these from figures...

Making Monster Art: More Fun than Scary

Children sometimes worry about monsters lurking under their beds. But when Aaron Zenz projected their imagined monsters onto a big screen, East Oakview Elementary children couldn’t have been more excited. “Here’s one from Ainsley Rush,” Zenz said as he put...

New Specialist Will Serve Needs of the ‘Whole Child’

Each summer, James Vanden Heuvel visits youth camps in Kent and Mason counties. As a consultant for the state of Michigan, he makes sure the camps are meeting licensing standards and investigates complaints of abuse and neglect. But he...

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...

Crunch Time for Number-Crunching

Juggling scads of numbers doesn’t really bother Heidi Piela. After all, it’s her job as accounts payable/pupil accounting specialist for the district. But her work gets a little more intense at mid-summer. That’s when Piela sends ultra-detailed reports to the...
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