Just like that, the school year is over! It seems like it was just yesterday that we were welcoming our children into the building for the first day of school, and now we've seen them off for the summer.

I can't express enough gratitude to our incredible team at Grand Rapids Public Schools for tireless dedication and hard work in ensuring a successful academic year for our scholars.

First and foremost, we uplifted our children, providing a nurturing and empowering environment for their growth academically, socially, and emotionally. Our commitment to engaging lessons, mentorship, and individualized support has instilled in them the confidence to pursue their dreams. 

We made significant strides in improving for our scholars, embracing innovation, and working on strategies to enhance the educational experience for our children. Our dedication to exploring new ideas and incorporating cutting-edge technology has allowed us to make strides toward delivering the highest quality education possible for every child in our community.

Looking to the future, we have actively planned and worked shoulder-to-shoulder with our community. Our engagement on the Facilities Master Plan is aimed at creating an inclusive and inspiring learning environment, with valuable input from parents, scholars, educators, and community members.

The "Reimagine GRPS with Us!" initiative is taking shape. We’ve invited our community to reimagine education with us. We know that when this community unites behind a common goal, even the most difficult of challenges become possible to overcome. By embracing innovation, equity, and inclusivity, we are shaping a brighter future.

I am proud to say, "We did it!" The work we do in the schools is just a part of educating our scholars. It takes the investment of our full community and I’m so grateful for your support. Let's carry this momentum forward into the 2023-2024 school year. 

To all of those who poured into our children this year, thank you for your dedication to our scholars. I am excited for the possibilities ahead as we continue to empower and inspire the leaders of the future.


PHOTO COURTESY: Photographer Cory Morse / MLive / The Grand Rapids Press