Arts Impact Area Spotlight: Ninah's story

“I just stand back in awe and watch her work,” explains Grand Rapids Public Schools art teacher Dan Slagter.  Mr. Slagter first met Ninah five years ago. Ninah, a student with autism and visual impairments, has difficulty communicating verbally and, at first, struggled to connect with Mr. Slagter... Read more »

Attention Online Shoppers!

Do you love the Student Advancement Foundation? Do you love to shop online? Amazon makes it easy to give back! They’ve launched AmazonSmile, a program where Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price of the eligible products to the charitable organization that you select. It’s easy! 1. Every time... Read more »

Meet Maggie Malone: an interview with GRPS’ Director of Fine Arts

Margaret (Maggie) Malone joined Grand Rapids Public Schools 16 months ago.  She comes to us with a 20 year history of teaching and performing professionally. We have loved working with her as she shares her energy and passion with the students of Grand Rapids.  We sat down with her recently for a... Read more »

Stuff the Bus

Six years ago, Amway, Fifth Third Bank and Meijer recognized a need – many area middle school students were not coming to school on the first day ready to learn.  These students couldn’t afford basic school supplies and personal care items necessary to be successful in middle school.  Quickly... Read more »

Listen to the Music

“What do you get when you cross an umbrella with an elephant?”   Hundreds of fifth graders from Grand Rapids Public Schools and beyond stream into DeVos Hall on a freezing February morning to answer just that question.  The students were there for a special private concert with the Grand Rapids... Read more »