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SNN: Kent City Poppy Poster Contest

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Sixto-Pablo Ramirez
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As the school year draws to a close, students in Kent City are making connections with veterans in an annual contest that brings awareness to military service through a creative outlet.

Kent City art teacher Clare Johnson helped students prepare for the annual American Legion Post 123 poppy poster contest. It’s her way of making sure they think about those who came before them and sacrificed their lives in military service.

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Students in Sparta are getting green thumbs and growing their knowledge with the help of towering gardens. School News Network takes us inside the classroom for a closer look.

Educators at Appleview Elementary are teaching students about healthy lifestyles with help from indoor tower gardens that can be moved from classroom to classroom. 

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.

SNN: Lowell High School partners with VAI

Feb 12, 2018
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Lowell high school students are taking scientific learning to a new level by engaging in research supported by some of the area’s top institutions.

If the experiments going on in the laboratory of Lowell High School’s research class look like they could be happening in a true scientific context, that’s because they actually are. In one corner, a student feeds a tank of zebrafish that are being bed to test for fetal alcohol syndrome and ultraviolet radiation exposer – as in, skin cancer.

SNN: Launch U Addresses Talent Gap

Jan 12, 2018
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Jobs that pay well are open right now and companies are looking for skilled workers to fill them. School News Network is taking on this topic in new series: Bridging the Talent Gap.

Over the past year, more than 4,000 manufacturing jobs have been added in West Michigan, according to Talent 20-25, a force working to meet the demand for talent in this area.

SNN: School Work Gap

Dec 8, 2017
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Some 37-million baby boomers will retire in the next decade and its estimated 21-million workers will enter the workforce to replace them. As we hear from the School News Network collaborative efforts are underway in schools to help bridge the talent gap.

When it comes to starting early in career exploration, Kentwood students are hitting the nail on the head – literally. Fifth-graders hammer nails into lumber, learn how to construct walls and assemble pipes at Endeavor Elementary during a STEM event – a lesson in science, technology, engineering and math.

School News Network: Watch D.O.G.S.

Nov 28, 2017
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A new series from inside Kent ISD public schools highlights the power of parents who give their time to help students and teachers in area classrooms. One effort driven by dads started small and is gaining momentum fast. Joy Walczak has the story.

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A Northview High School art teacher is getting ready to receive top honors at an upcoming conference with her peers.

When Tricia Erickson was a little girl, her mother found her drawing pictures of Yogi Bear and his cartoon friends Tricia watched on TV. Struck by how accurate the drawings were, her mom asked Tricia, “You drew these from figures moving on a screen?”

“That was the first time I realized maybe I’m good at something,” Erickson recalls with a smile, in her Northview High School art classroom.