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A new place for kiddos to play, learn and grow

Thanks to voter approval of a 2016 bond request, 3- and 4-year-olds in Sparta have a new and improved Early Childhood Center...

On the (spooky) trail of learning

A school nature trail turned into a maze and forest filled with spooky art to encourage learning...

From dishwasher to banker to law enforcement

Sparta School District hires Kent County sheriff as new School Resource Officer...

Kent ISD program ‘feeds my teacher soul’

Area teachers are taking part in a cohort model of professional development, and are returning to the classroom fired up...

District beefs up staff, keeps class sizes small

A portion of federally mandated COVID relief funds will help maintain the smallest class sizes possible, as well as add a variety of support staff positions...

Students join community in honoring fallen heroes

Students from clubs dedicated to character-building take part in the seventh annual Freedom Cruise, a community-wide event honoring Gold Star families...

When everybody knows your name

School front desk staffers made everything run smoothly even during the unusual pandemic year...

Determination is key to getting it done

Sparta’s adult education program thrived during the pandemic. It offered new beginnings to a diverse group of students, including refugees, young parents, older adults, recent drop-outs and students from other districts...

For once-homeless mother and daughter graduates, ‘dreams do come true’

Ayjia Jones and her mother, Monique Williams, are both graduates of the Class of 2021. Their accomplishment comes after two years living in motels, searching for housing and pathways to stability...

Trades are a passion for this award winner

Senior Mia Ramos is one of 65 high-school students statewide to be named a recipient of the 2021 Breaking Traditions Awards from the Michigan Department of Education...

‘There is something about inclusion’

This teacher has made it her mission to help students with mild impairments find their way in school and beyond...

Early Childhood Center ready to open in Sparta

The new Sparta Early Childhood Center is ready for occupancy and expected to house summer programming for the district...

Jumping to make a difference

Young Spartans raised a district-record amount of money for the American Heart Association during this year’s Kid’s Heart Challenge...

Storytime for seniors? They’re all ears

March is Reading month hits the high school...

Kindness builds their community — online and in person

Digital bulletin board shares touching acts of kindness, helps remind virtual students they are part of a community...

Former, current students unwrap history found in time capsule

Anyone remember ditto paper? Single-pane windows? Class songs?
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