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Area Preschoolers get a leg up on STEM learning at the Grand Rapids Public Museum

This spring, more than 1,500 area preschoolers from Head Start for Kent County and other early education programs visited the Grand Rapids Public Museum thanks to PNC Foundation grant-funded field trips.

Marty Blackwell

Battle Creek is ahead of the curve in addressing childhood trauma

Battle Creek is building community, resolving conflict, and creating resiliency in its students who may have experienced repeated trauma.

GRPS Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal speaks at the state of the schools address.

GRPS Superintendent celebrates success in annual State of the Schools address

GRPS Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal delivered the fifth annual State of the Schools Address on Thursday, May 4. Weatherall Neal spelled out the myriad of successes—both big and small—that the school district has experienced since she took the helm in 2012. Most of all, she encouraged community support. "Stay with me. Stay with the district. Stay with these children," she said.

Adam Schuitema

Making sense of our stories: In Michigan's literary landscape, Adam Schuitema shines

Adam Schuitema's newest book, The Things We Do That Make No Sense, delves into familiar territory: many of its stories are set in Michigan, including in Grand Rapids. Opening with a tale set in Creston and ending with another that partially takes place in Heritage Hill, this book by the Alger Heights author draws inspiration from our city to create unforgettable characters who remind us of the power of the written word.

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Canoemobile guides GRPS students along the Grand River

More than 1,000 eighth graders in the Grand Rapids Public Schools will get a chance to see their city from a new perspective next week: from a canoe. A program called Canoemobile, which brings canoes to urban areas across the country for hands-on learning experiences, is setting up at Riverside Park May 8 to 12. The experience aims to foster an appreciation of nature, boost performance and engagement in school, and build participants’ confidence, teamwork, and relationships with others.
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