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Little Mussel, Big City: Area high school students, river restoration, and a sustainable future

In this Rapid Blog, local teacher David Koning explores Grand Rapids WhiteWater’s Little Mussel, Big City: Summer Science and Leadership program that connects high schoolers with the Grand River.

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Urban Innovation Exchange: The sustainable projects transforming our communities

In the Urban Innovation Exchange series, Editor Matthew Russell highlights the people and projects transforming West Michigan through sustainable efforts. From education to city building to recycling, these are the leaders making change in our communities.

Alayna Williams

Leaderboard, 1-0: A VOICES essay on competition and contentment

"Grades and numbers should not be the end or beginning of a person’s potential. There is no way a letter or number or leaderboard can truly measure a person’s intelligence and abilities," says eighth grader Alayna Williams, who in this special VOICES essay, explores competition, confidence, and homework.

Teen Entrepreneur

Teenpreneurs pursue passions without limitations

Being a teen might mean you can't do a lot of things. You can't vote. You can't join the military. You can't rent a car. But you can start a business. And sometimes, being a teen entrepreneur can have its advantages.

Design Thinking

UIX: GRPS Transformation Plan is using design thinking to incorporate stakeholder voices

GRPS stakeholders gathered at schools in the four different quadrants of the district to sound off on their concerns, talk about what they're proud of, and even what they're angry about. And the district is listening to every word with the help of design thinking.
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