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A brave pig and six Siberian huskies knit together a school community in a shared reading experience

The Valley View Elementary community all read the same book aloud with their children, and topped it off with a visit from six Siberian huskies...

Online story time, virtual PE keep students connected during shutdown

'They need to see we’re smiling and happy and that we’re OK, and that they’re going to be OK too'...

Dance power: helping girls ’empower themselves and be themselves’

EmpowHER ½ Hour meets once a week during recess to let young girls feel their strength through the joy of dance...

To Australia with love

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

Band performs for fifth time at statewide music conference

The Lowell Middle School eighth grade string orchestra and the Byron Center High School Jazz Orchestra also performed...

Students restore greenhouse for healthy food, tranquil space

Students from a new health and wellness class helped transform a long-neglected greenhouse into a place providing healthy food and quiet reflection...

A creature to comfort students: ‘She brings me happiness’

At North Rockford Middle School, a trained counseling assistance dog is helping students manage their stress, focus on their work and feel better about themselves...

He loves welding, building new things & fixing older things

As a child he loved building things with Legos and wood, but as he got older he found working with metal to be even cooler...

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...

On being an empathetic ear

Ben Sorota read a School News Network article about a group at another school, which led him to start a group of his own...

State honors bus driver for caring service to students: ‘They’re my friends’

Russ Clark was selected from 255 nominees statewide for his caring and skilled ferrying to and from school of students with cognitive impairments...

Teaching history as history is happening

In Bill Crane’s 26 years of teaching U.S. history at Rockford High School, rarely has the subject been so immediately relevant to his students’ lives...

‘Their absolute best’

After a nearly flawless season, the Kent City High School Marching Band brought home the school’s first state championship, while the Rockford Marching Band won top honors for the third straight year...

Students learn about nature’s creatures up close at Zoo Lab

Follow the fourth graders of Rockford’s Roguewood Elementary School on their weeklong program at John Ball Zoo Lab, a zoo-conducted educational program for area school districts...

Childhood sports nut, always ready to rise up for children

Mindy McGinn is the new Lakes Elementary School principal. SNN gets to know her in this edition of Meet the Principal...
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