Communications & External Affairs


Welcome to the GRPS Communications & External Affairs Office website!   Here you can find up-to-date news and information about the events and great things happening throughout the district.  If you have any questions, would like to receive additional information, or would like to share your thoughts or give feedback, please contact us at (616) 819-2149 or e-mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We Are GR Newspaper
We Are GR is a new publication that replaces the Grand Rapids Public School's "Highlights" as well as the City of Grand Rapids' "Parks and Recreation Guide". Readers will receive the same level of information they are accustomed to reading, as well as information about Grand Rapids Public Schools' programs, the City's initiatives related to transformation, and new partnership opportunities between the two organizations. During the school year, GRPS also puts out a weekly newsletter.

News Releases
GRPS issues frequent media advisories, news releases, and prepared statements regarding events, issues, people, and special projects related to the district and our schools.   If you have an idea or issue related to GRPS that you believe is newsworthy, please contact us and we will make every effort to generate media coverage.

Social Media
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External Affairs Click here for our legislative platform.

Contact Us
John Helmholdt, Executive Director of Communications and External Affairs
Kalli Zielbauer, Communications Coordinator
Lynn Ritsema, Administrative Assistant
Ph: 616.819.2149
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Communications & External Affairs