Inspiration Through ScienceStrong Education

Science, when presented as both a subject and as a method of study, helps children better understand the world in which they live. Science allows for active learning.
Promoting science education is a fundamental component of Pierce Cedar Creek Institute's mission. To build upon this effort, the Institute launched ScienceStrong—Explore, Experience, Engage in the fall of 2014 with a specific goal in mind: to improve science literacy among area preschool through high school students by providing resources for teachers and expanding learning opportunities for students. Barry County students are becoming ScienceStrong!

Science Lending Library

With the help of donors to the ScienceStrong—Explore, Experience, Engage initiative, the Institute launched an online Science Lending Library full of equipment and supplies available for a free six-week loan for educators to use in their classrooms to enhance students' learning experiences.

Visit Our Online Library

Education Resources for West Michigan

Pierce Cedar Creek Institute is proud to be a supporter of the Barry Career Access Network effort, known as BCAN!, and its goal to increase the percentage of Greater Barry County residents with post-high school certificates or degrees to 60% by the year 2025. For more information, see the BCAN! website, the Common Agenda, and the Dashboard.

If you would like to get involved with or help support the BCAN! initiative in Barry County, please contact: Margie Haas, BCAN! Coordinator, at

Education Matters Network

In 2013, the Barry Community Foundation began a three-year commitment to education through the Education Matters Network. This commitment was renewed for another three years in 2016. Members of the Education Matters Network believe a healthy community opens itself to new ideas and provides high quality education and life-long learning for all residents. Watch the Education Matters Network Facebook page for updates on progress and also on how you can join in. Pierce Cedar Creek Institute is proud to be a key partner in this important community effort.

Part of this group is tasked with investigating the current status of education in Barry County and collecting data that may be used by others in direct action and to assess the greatest needs. The data listed below is for Barry County and for many of the school districts within the county.
Education Matters Data Powerpoint
Basic Data by School District
Reading and Math for Middle and High Schools in Barry County