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School News Network, a window into Kent County public schools

This week's episode of NPO Showcase features School News Network, an initiative started by Kent ISD to provide insight into area public schools.
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About NPO Showcase

NPO Showcase highlights nonprofit and government organizations and the work that they're doing in our community. The program is a feature of GRTV, a service of the Community Media Center, with producer and host Julie Way. You can catch it on GRTV on Saturdays at 8 AM and 6 PM and can view past episodes on Grand Rapids Community Media Center website. If your nonprofit would like to be interviewed on NPO Showcase, please contact Adrian Hirsch.

In this week’s segment of GRTV’s NPO Showcase, Charles Honey, staff reporter and editor for School News Network (SNN) discusses news reporting inside public schools within the Kent ISD umbrella. SNN covers issues and opportunities presented to today's students, and within the public education system. 

SNN was launched by Kent ISD in 2013 to offer a 'window into public education.' Traditional news outlets have reduced their presense in schools over the years, and the SNN initiative was created to fill the void for those interested in the happenings within local school districts. 

Topics reported by SNN range from new methods of teaching, issues facing the modern student and educator, interpretations of legislation from Lansing and Washington, student achievement, and outstanding educators. SNN features ongoing series' regarding mental health, poverty, migrant and refugee students, advancements in special education, and new methods of teaching math and reading. 

Watch the NPO Showcase segment to hear Charles' experience reporting for SNN, and what you can learn through SNN reporter's unique access to classrooms in area public school districts. To read more, visit or subscribe to SNN's weekly newsletter, featuring headlines from Kent County area public schools. 

Check back next Wednesday for a new segment of GRTV’s NPO Showcase, featuring Exalta Health.

NPO Showcase is just one of the many ways that the Community Media Center serves the nonprofit community. For information about this and other CMC services for nonprofits, or to schedule a future interview, contact Nonprofit Outreach Coordinator, Adrian Hirsch, at 616-459-4788 x105 or email [email protected].

GRTV NPO Outreach coordinator Adrian Hirsch is the webmaster for School News Network.

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