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Filling a Need by Filling Backpacks

Surrounded by tubs and shelves bursting with food, Jenny Steele ticked off the numbers of children at half a dozen schools who would soon be receiving it. Here in a portable classroom behind Meadow Ridge Elementary School, the Rockford...

Extreme Makeover, Mascot Edition

A scraggly mascot doesn't convey the image of a sports team to be reckoned with, so Thornapple Kellogg School District officials say it's time to give its Trojan warrior a makeover. They say the school's mascot is in rough shape...

Dia de los Muertos a Celebration of Life

Schools throughout Kent ISD this week studied and celebrated Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), a a Nov. 2  holiday to honor the dead that originated in Mexico and is recognized throughout Latin America. Here are some district...

‘That is why I am proud of America’

Eighth-grader Dylan LeClaire’s essay will be entered in the national competition after winning local, district and state competitions...

Service Day All About Giving

It's the season for giving and Thornapple Kellogg High School students do it big on the last day before winter break. For several years, the day has been designated as Service Learning Day. Students make several different items, such as...

Is Play Still a Kindergarten Expectation?

Ask any parent of a dinosaur lover who can identify an Apatosaurus atage 3 if learning occurs during play, and the answer is an obvious “yes.” But with the added work on kindergartners comes less time for leisure, and one...

High school students spread kindness through service to larger community

From volunteering at nursing homes to working with students at local elementary schools and making stickers for patients at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, students were kept busy during the sixth annual day of service...

Dear Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy

Editor's note: Following is Katie Marentette's letter to Leo Tolstoy, for which she won the state award for the Library of Congress Letters About Literature contest. My dad adores bookstores. He could spend hours nursing a cup of coffee and...

Learn How to Help Angry, Frustrated Children

Lies About Parenting from Kirk Martin If you do everything right, your home life will be perfect. You can't do it all. Do not compare yourself. You cannot make every situation right or manage everyone's emotions. It is not...

Students Restore Classic Cars at Gilmore Garage

Saying you've worked at one of the top car museums in the country is impressive, especially if you're still a high school student. Thornapple Kellogg students can do just that through a partnership with the Gilmore Car Museum. At an...

This Track Team Gets What Winning is All About

Matt Funk saw the members of his boys track team whispering back and forth before the 100-meter race at the district's meet and wondered what the heck was going on. The starter gun fired, and the runners took off....

Fitness or Fundraiser: Why Not Do Both?

Two more things are certain in life: Children who stay fit do better at school — and you have to fund-raise for your child's school. Both were accomplished at at the Middle School Fitness Palooza recently when students zumba-danced, played...

More Than One Lesson Learned

The assignment was fairly simple: Film a 10-12 minute video of a high school staff member to show the interviewing techniques learned in class. For two students, though, the assignment taught them the power of video, a history lesson...

Adding a Coach, Studying Data Successful In Improving Math Grades

Editor's note: This is the fourth in a series on the difficulties students have learning math, and what methods some schools and teachers are using with success. Students at Thornapple Kellogg Middle School have been doing better at math this...

Bullied Speaker Helps Students Overcome Bad Experiences

Michael Karpovich remembers his head being flushed down the toilet nearly a dozen times by bullies as a student, and he knows it continues to happen, both literally and figuratively. “You've been flushed down toilets, too, but they may not...

Students Rock the Holidays for Toddlers

Twenty area children got surprise visits from Santa and his elves the week before Christmas and unwrapped wooden rocking toys built by Thornapple Kellogg High School students, an event that has become a holiday tradition. Santa didn't come in a...

‘What Makes You Proud of America’

Dylan LeClaire’s essay will move on to national competition in July...

Dear Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy

Editor's note: Following is Katie Marentette's letter to Leo Tolstoy, for which she won the state award for the Library of Congress Letters About Literature contest. My dad adores bookstores. He could spend hours nursing a cup of coffee and...
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