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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...

Uncle in Navy Surprises Student to Thank Her

Allie Wilbur knew she was getting an award at the monthly Page Elementary character assembly, but what she didn't know was that her Uncle Jeff Wilbur was going to be home from Afghanistan to give it to her. "I didn't...

TK Students Take Third at the Meijer Great Choices Film Festival

Thornapple Kellogg students Levi Thaler and Spencer Irvine won third-place awards in the Meijer Great Choices Film Festival. The contest for high school student filmmakers requires them to submit public service videos that encourage positive life choices for young...

A Clean Sweep: Voters in Seven Kent Districts Approve Funding Requests

Tuesday was a good day for schools and students in Kent ISD, as voters approved tax proposals in all seven districts that requested them. Residents supported requests ranging from $3.6 million to $76.1 million in Caledonia, Comstock Park, East...

The Supes

When there's time – and usually there's not – Dan Takens will pilot his car the 10 or 11 miles from his office at Byron Center Public Schools to one of his favorite lunchtime eateries in Eastown. It's there, often...

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...

Students Help Others Navigate Challenges of School

For many students, going to school is packed with good times, learning and friends. But students with disabilities face many challenges, especially with social skills. Thornapple Kellogg Public Schools has found a way to help those students deal with peer...

“Typical Kid” with Movie Credits, Agents and a Screen Actors Guild Card

By most accounts, Derek Brandon is a typical kid of 15. He's a freshman at Thornapple Kellogg High School. He's growing out of his clothes, sports just a hint of acne, and likes to swim and play basketball. His mother Shannon...

Students Jump to Top in the State for Heart Disease Fundraiser

Inside the Lee Elementary gym the music blares and second- and third-graders work up a sweat jumping rope. Parents line the walls watching, cell phones in hand taking pictures. When the day is done more than $27,000 will have...

TK Bond Request to Focus on Security, Technology

Enhanced security, technology upgrades and necessary maintenance are the focus of a "no frills" $6 million bond issue for Thornapple Kellogg voters May 6. A steep decline in per-pupil funding, compounded by increasing fuel costs and student support expenses makes...

Mentoring Program Sees Early Success

Kelly Jenkins and Halaynea Shanahan didn't know each other a few months ago, but if you saw them together today, you wouldn't know it. Laughing and smiling as they sit together at Thornapple Kellogg Middle School, it's obvious they...

Students Provide a Super Service

Superheroes were out in force at Thornapple Kellogg High School and their tasks were many.  Fleece blankets had to be made, food had to be packed for hungry children, and animal shelters needed help with supplies. Never fear, they did...

Learning Civic Responsibility by Asking and Doing

Lee Elementary is looking good, and its second graders are doing good with the help of their teacher, Nathan Fischer, after he attended a service learning academy. Service learning combines community service with classroom learning to teach civic responsibility....

Students Learn the ABCs of Salmon – by Raising Them

A is for Alevin, a newly hatched salmon. B is for big, as in King Salmon, the largest in its species. And C is for Chinook Salmon, the specific type of fish Thornapple Kellogg Page Elementary science teacher Curt Wissink...

TK School Second in Odyssey World Finals for Creative Fairy Tale

A tree-killing princess that’s been turned into a tree, an all-in-one-seven-dwarfs dwarf and a superhero that’s ready to solve wardrobe malfunctions at any time were the key ingredients for the Thornapple Kellogg Odyssey of the Mind Middle School team’s...

“Action” on the School Set

At the start of the school year, Cameron Moore, a college freshman, sent an e-mail to Jerry Robinson, Thornapple Kellogg High School's digital media instructor, every teacher would love to receive. “I'm sitting now in a production class that basically is...

‘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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