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Getting to School on Two Feet

Suburban sprawl has led to a new generation of children being driven to school instead of walking or biking. But with Michigan's Safe Routes to Schools program funding sidewalks and other infrastructure, walking and biking are the new educational path. 

Diversity in Hamtramck Schools

In Hamtramck, where immigrant families from all over the world have settled for generations, students are as likely to speak Arabic or Bengali as they are English. 

Center for Self-Directed Teens

At the Open Doors Center for Self-Directed Teens, students are responsible for their own education, with a curriculum built on engagement, innovation, and respect. 

Program Offers a Second Chance for Young People

Can young people poised for adult criminal records turn their lives around? Some dedicated folks in Kalamazoo are trying to help them round that corner.

Taking the "Home" Out of Homework

At Clintondale High School, students review video lectures at home and do homework in the classroom with teacher guidance.

Program Connects Young People to Lake Superior

For youngsters who have grown up a stone's throw from its shores, Lake Superior's enormous presence can sometimes be taken for granted. 

Engaged Parents Drive School Policies

Let's face it, being a school board member can be a tough and thankless job, especially for parents with kids enrolled in the educational system they help to oversee. 

Flint River Farms Educates City Kids About Farming

Flint River Farm grows vegetables, fruits and herbs on a Flint city block that used to house burned-out homes and vacant lots.

Progressive Charters Step Up For Detroit Kids

Detroit Achievement Academy, James and Grace Lee Boggs School, and the Y Detroit Leadership Academy High School opened this fall in Detroit.

Aging Out Of Foster Care

"Aging out" of the foster care system leaves young adults on their own, with little guidance on how to handle adulthood. A new U.P. program helps these fledgling adults navigate the real world.

Healthy Futures for Kids

The Grand Rapids African American Health Institute addresses disparate health outcomes by acting as a resource for health education, research, and advocacy.

Tween Entrepreneurs

If violin lessons and Little League aren't enough, Dearborn Chamber of Commerce has launched the Young Entrepreneurs Academy, a program that teaches precocious kids how to launch their own start-up.

Wrestling with ADHD

Can brain training help wean kids with ADHD off medication? A Grand Rapids psychologist is seeing hopeful results.

Early Grade Reading Improvement Program

A reading achievement pilot program at Verona Elementary School in Battle Creek has students improving reading skills and interest -- starting in kindergarten. 

Weeklong #EdMattersHere Chat on Detroit Schools

Join the social conversation in Detroit this week by tweeting your thoughts. Not a gripe session; instead, share solutions, sing the praise of on-the-ground heroes, promote change. 
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Can systemic racism impact infant mortality?

Even when controlling for poverty, education level, and tobacco use of a mother, maternal and infant health outcomes are far worse for minority populations than European-American women. What's causing the continued disparities? And what can West Michigan do to ensure all babies born here have the best chance of reaching their potential? Zinta Aistars reports on Strong Beginnings, one local program working to give all families a fair start.

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Company Supports 4th Grade Field Trips to Lake Michigan

Parents working more than one job or odd hours, a lack of funds, and no transportation often prevent kids from experiencing one of Michigan’s incredible natural resources. For the majority of west side Grand Rapids elementary school kids, Lake Michigan is sadly out of reach. OST has teamed up with Grand Rapids Public Schools to give fourth-graders at west side schools the opportunity to experience the big lake firsthand.


Youth Decide Where Grant Dollars are Spent

For Grand Rapids students who serve as trustees-in-training on the GRCF Youth Grant Committee, giving back to the community goes hand in hand with empowering students to succeed. 
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