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School News Network: Grand Rapids Promise Zone

Jan 22, 2020
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The soaring cost of college has been a big barrier to post-high school education for a generation of students. Grand Rapids school and civic officials lowered that barrier in a big way with the Grand Rapids Promise, providing full scholarships to Grand Rapids Community College for graduates of the 22 public and private high schools in the city of Grand Rapids.

On a historic day for the city of Grand Rapids and its schools, Pedro Gutierrez and Hedy Cardenas suddenly felt more confident about their futures.

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Students and teachers at Rockford’s Crestwood Elementary School wanted to express the idea of kindness and community in their school. They did so by teaming up with an artist to create a hallway mural that colorfully expresses those values. In the process, students learned a good bit about art and story-telling.

A hallway in Rockford’s Crestwood Elementary is a bit more colorful and a bit kinder, thanks to a recently completed mural by Lowell artist Mary Bent-Buist.

SNN: Climate change activist Mustafa Ali

May 13, 2019
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Global warming is a burning issue for many young people, including local students who recently heard from – and performed for – climate-change activist and former EPA official Mustafa Santiago Ali.

Kalil Adams loves hip-hop, but he never really connected it to global warming until he met Mustafa Santiago Ali.

SNN: GRPS Vision to Learn

Mar 14, 2019
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Grand Rapids Public Schools students are receiving free eye exams and glasses thanks to a partnership that aims to help them succeed in school by improving their vision.

Seventh-grader Frederick Charles had a lot to say about how new glasses will help him at school: His grades will go up. He’ll get A’s and everything will be easier to read.

SNN: Minimizing Polar Vortex affect

Feb 11, 2019
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Two weeks ago school administrators made it to work every day while snow-clogged roads and sub-zero temps forced them to call a week-long snow day event for students. Last week, ice is hampered efforts to dig out of a learning-time deficit.

Of Kent ISD’s 20 districts, only East Grand Rapids held classes at all last week during the polar vortex, and East was only open on Tuesday. It was the longest period of time school has been called consecutively, according to Rockford’s Mike Shibler, West Michigan’s longest-serving superintendent.

SNN: ArtPrize Student Entries

Sep 24, 2018
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ArtPrize 10 is underway and this year the global competition features the artwork of students from three Kent ISD school districts. Schools New Network reporters Erin Albanese and Charles Honey tracked them down discover what drove them to create.

In her eighth-grade art class at Byron Center High, Marie painted and sketched little portraits inside bottle caps. She came up with the idea to portray diversity, making each face unique and interesting. Her art teacher was so impressed she used Marie’s work as inspiration for a collaborative ArtPrize entry.

SNN: High School students Get Out the Vote

Mar 23, 2018
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As students nationwide prepare to gather by the thousands in Saturday’s March for Our Lives, many of them locally are working to Get Out the Vote for Real Change on Gun Violence.

On a day when students nationwide walked outside to protest school shootings, Gabrielle Rabon urged her classmates to walk into voting booths.

On the recent Student Walkout Day, the City High senior challenged students turning 18 to vote in upcoming elections and push for legislation to help end mass school shootings.

SNN: Actions speak louder than words

Feb 26, 2018
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Local students are pushing for change in the wake of the Florida school shooting.