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Frontiers: Meeting Student Needs Through Online Programming

When her mother died last summer, Wyoming Senior Tashia Sheneman lost a permanent place to live and has since moved several times. One of the few constants in her life is Wyoming's Frontiers Program, where she receives much more...

Volunteer’s Design Skills Help Make Stage Magic

The wooden structures stood sturdy in Wyoming Public Schools' Dan Heintzelman auditorium. Greg Brooks and a crew of workers added final pieces to what would become main character George Bailey's house and the iconic bridge in, "It's a Wonderful...

Wyoming Girls Drive Robot to Semi-Final Finish

Manning, or (wo)manning, the Wyoming High School robot resulted in a semi-final finish at a special Girls Only First Robotics competition at Bloomfield Hills High School Nov. 1. The female members of the Wyoming High School Robotics Team responsible for...

TEAM 21 Connects Students with Mentors, Fun

With their hands covered in flour, Yeriel Francis-Estrada and his friends measured two cups and plopped them in a bowl for a science experiment. As it got a bit messy, their smiles widened. Like many after-school Team 21 activities, the...

A Very Special Teacher for Special Kids

Some years back on a Fourth of July, schoolteacher Sarah Bolema fielded a phone call from a distraught student's mom. To the mother's horror, her son was acting out his anger by climbing onto a dangerously steep roof and...

Encouraging Community Reading with a Little Free Library

Tracey Davis-Replogle has big plans for miniature free libraries: scatter them throughout Wyoming to motivate everyone to grab a book and read for enjoyment. "I want to put Wyoming on the national map. I want (the ABC news program) "20/20"...

Volunteer Builds Robots to Teach Engineering

Students on the Wyoming High School FIRST Robotics team explain their robots’ ball-launching mechanism with notes of pride in their voices as they talk about competing against much bigger teams in intense match-ups. They built the machine in six busy...

Retiring Custodian a “Superhero Listener”

Many who have walked the halls at Oriole Park Elementary School know Bob Pickard is a superhero. To students who have inquired about this cleaning-carted crusader, he called himself a “Superhero Listener.” The longtime custodian (who may be able to clean...

Wyoming School Entrances to Become Secured This Summer

Construction will take place this summer to secure entrances at Wyoming Public Schools' eight school buildings, a project Wyoming Superintendent Tom Reeder said is too important to not pursue. Renovating entrances at the schools was part of a $37 million...

TEAM 21 Funding to Restore Cut Programs

For Claribel Ortiz, having a place for her four children to go after school and in the summer while she works helps a lot. She knows David, 11, Francisco, 10, Josue, 9, and Jazmine, 7, will get help with their...

Crowd of Volunteers Work to Beautify Schools

More than 250 volunteers from Grand Rapids First Church spent a summer week improving Wyoming Public Schools' buildings in any way they needed it, interior cleaning, painting, and sprucing up the schoolyard. The annual "Do It Together" event, hosted since...

High School Students Publish Book Documenting Personal Journeys

"My parents left me right after I was born, so I grew up in orphanages before I was adopted and moved to the United States." "It was November 9, 2011 when I had called the Kent County Jail to schedule...

All Day, Every Day: Success Starts With Attendance

Wyoming Intermediate School social worker Christine Karas works hard to make sure students are getting to school, even if she has to give them a ride herself. "I like doing it," Karas said. "I like getting to meet families." One...
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Student Graduates after Riding Train of Death through Mexico

Editor's note: This is the fifth of a series about students who have had to overcome unusual challenges and hardships to graduate this spring. During the last day of his senior year at Wyoming High School, Jose Sanchez-Bueso completed his...

Local Educators Get a Real Taste of Marine Boot Camp

Kenowa Hills High School Assistant Principal Jim Smith had to stop thinking like a scholar to determine the quickest way to complete a mission with his group during a boot camp designed for teachers. They were compelled to use all...

Wyoming Second Graders Band Together With Colorful Creation

Oriole Park Elementary second graders recently stretched a colorful chain created from tiny rubber bands down the school hallway, past classrooms and lockers. "It's almost as long as the hallway," said second grader Abby Kramer. Rubber band looming is all the...
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