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New C.O.P.S. Shop to open at NEWTECH Skill Center

New C.O.P.S. Shop to open at NEWTECH Skill Center

From Spokane Public Schools:


A new C.O.P.S. Shop opening at NEWTECH Skill Center will provide criminal justice students a practical way to practice what they learn in class.

Spokane schools push for "Apple a Day" program passage

Spokane schools push for "Apple a Day" program passage

Many districts across Washington have tossed out tater tots and hot dogs for healthier meal options, but a lot of them don't have the right equipment in place to make meals from scratch. That could change soon, thanks to a proposed grant in the state legislature.

Inside Spokane's Community School, Chef Rene whips up healthy, fresh meals on a daily basis, but she has some help: upgraded kitchen equipment.

More schools across the state could have state-of-the-art equipment if the Washington legislature allocates funding for the "Apple a Day" program.

"This new 'Apple a Day' grant could help schools purchase equipment that would introduce more whole foods, more fresh foods in a way that's affordable and very nutritious for kids," said Spokane Public School's Doug Wordell.

While The Community School is well equipped in the kitchen, other schools in the district are not.

"We don't have the blenders or the 'Robot Coupes,' and we don't have the ovens. We have an old, stacked convection oven, and they work, but these ovens are over 35 years old," said Wordell.

Dr. Shelley Redinger's March SPS Progress Report

In her March progress report, Spokane Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Shelley Redinger discusses the district’s Strategic Plan for 2014-2020. She outlines what issues are being addressed and how they developed the plan.


Community members are invited to share their feedback on Spokane Public Schools by using a new tool called ThoughtStream. The conversation will be open until March 10th.

SPS Kindergarten registration begins March 3rd

SPS Kindergarten registration begins March 3rd

From Spokane Public Schools:


Families with students who will be 5 on or before Aug. 31 take note: It’s time to register for kindergarten! Spokane Public Schools is eager to welcome new students to the SPS family. To help kindergarteners get excited about school, SPS provides each with a special, brightly colored tote filled with educational activities that families can work on together.

Bulldog Battalion ready for Ranger Challenge

Bulldog Battalion ready for Ranger Challenge

One local college team is set to participate in one of the biggest competitions of the year. And no, it's not a basketball or hockey team. It's the Gonzaga University ROTC Bulldog Battalion.

When classes are over, GU's ROTC Bulldog Battalion is just getting started.

"We make them faster stronger smarter. We prepare them for challenges that lie ahead both in uniform and out of uniform," said GU Senior Military Science Instructor Alan Westfield.

It'll be the team's second training session of the day and their last before this weekends 'Ranger Challenge' at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

"I think it's the best team I've been on since I've been here," said team captain Micah Rarick.

The Ranger Challenge is a regional competition, pitting the Bulldog Battalion against 30 other teams including teams from EWU and WSU. Their training will be put to the test.

"It's designed to be physically, mentally and emotionally challenging," said Westfield.

Cultural Connection event aims to connect vets with community

Cultural Connection event aims to connect vets with community

The Spokane Community College Vets Club is hosting the SCC Veterans Cultural Connection Saturday afternoon. The event is designed to bring together different services, groups, businesses and schools that support the needs of the area’s active military members, veterans and their families.


The event will have informational tables from different groups and their representatives as well as documentary on gardening and it’s impact on PTSD. There will also be guest speakers from Spokane military and veteran organizations.

Voter's Pamphlet art contest open for Washington students

Voter's Pamphlet art contest open for Washington students

The Office of the Secretary of State is calling on Washington artists in the 4th & 5th grades to submit designs for the 2014 Voter’s Pamphlet. The winning design will be featured on more than 3.2 million copies of the pamphlet and will be sent to every house in the state during the General Election this fall.