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Area high schools help Second Harvest Tackle Hunger

Area high schools help Second Harvest Tackle Hunger

Area high schools are teaming up with Second Harvest for the Tackle Hunger fund drive this month. Second Harvest's goal is to raise $12,000 through the campaign and the Shadle Park High School DECA chapter will kick things off on Thursday with the first Tackle Hunger football matchup.

 

Students have been raising money all month for Second Harvest and each participating school has chosen a football game for as their Tackle Hunger match up. At the end of the month, the school that raises the most money will win the coveted Tackle Hunger trophy.

 

In addition, the two DECA chapters of Tackle Hunger will win a scholarship. The first place chapter will win $1,500 and second place will be give $500. The scholarships will be distributed to graduating DECA seniors.

 

Health screenings encourage teachers to Move their Numbers

Health screenings encourage teachers to Move their Numbers

From WSU:

WSU Spokane students from each of the health disciplines on campus are offering their expertise at free wellness fairs for teachers at 10 schools in the Spokane Public Schools district.

Nearly 60 university students participate by taking blood pressures; measuring blood glucose levels, cholesterol and bone density; and giving diet and exercise counseling, among other services and screenings.

Shurrie Dugas, vice president of the Associated Students of WSU Spokane and a doctor of pharmacy student, said the “Move Your Numbers” project began last spring with about half as many schools and university students involved.

“In planning for the new school year we thought we could expand the program for both students and teachers,” Dugas said. “It’s a great opportunity for health sciences students to practice and learn what skills and knowledge students from other programs have.”

Principal of the Year awarded to Finch Elementary

Principal of the Year awarded to Finch Elementary

Finch Elementary Principal Kim Harmon has been named the 2013 Dick Stannard Distinguished Elementary Principal of the Year. The surprise announcement was made on Tuesday afternoon at Camp Finch on the on the old Westview campus.

 

“She is truly an educational leader for all of us,” Cooper Principal Rona Williams wrote about Harmon in her nomination. “Her commitment to her staff and students is second to none.”

 

Those who nominated her describe Harmon as innovative and well respected. Williams specifically cited Harmon's development of spreadsheets for data analysis and her efforts to increase parent involvement. One resounding theme in nominations is how Harmon has handled the transition as Finch moved to Westview and Woodridge during the school's renovation.

 

Willard seeks WATCH D.O.G.S.

Willard Elementary is looking for a few good men to join their WATCH D.O.G.S. Dad of Great Students aims to have at least one father figure in the school every day this school year.

 

“It's about bringing positive male role models into the schools,” said Jody Budge, WATCH D.O.G.S. Coordinator at Willard. The program is a national effort by the National Center for Fathering and has dads and other father figures in 3,156 school in 46 states. Willard is one of two schools in Spokane with the program.

 

Westview recognized for design

Westview recognized for design

The design team behind buildings at Eastern Washington University and Gonzaga University have won an award for Westview Elementary School. ALSC Architects received an urban design merit for their work on the school from Spokane City Hall and the city's Design Review Board.

 

The 58,000 square foot Westview was designed and built keeping the environment in mind and using sustainable measures. Spokane Public Schools said that this benefits the school district by lowering costs and provides a teaching tool for students to learn about a healthy environment.

 

ALSC Architects also remodeled Senior Hall at EWU and the Gonzaga Kennedy Apartments as well as Martin Stadium at WSU and the Spokane Arena. The group is currently working on the renovation of Mullan Road Elementary School.  

Hoopfest needs coaches for Midnight Basketball Association

Hoopfest needs coaches for Midnight Basketball Association

Hoopfest may be nine months away, but you can still get involved by volunteering with The Midnight Basketball Association. MBA is an outreach program with Spokane Public Schools and Spokane Hoopfest that gets middle schoolers out on the court.

 

The program is need in need of coaches to help sixth, seventh and eighth grade students learn not only basketball skills, but character, self-esteem and discipline. Practices are held at Garry, Glover and Shaw with practice times between the hours of 6 pm and 9 pm.

 

Spokane students will celebrate fall gradutation

Spokane students will celebrate fall gradutation

From Spokane Public Schools:

Seven students are expected to graduate from Spokane Public Schools in a special autumn ceremony on Monday, September 30th, at 7pm in the Administration Building boardrooms. A reception will be held following the ceremony to honor the graduates.

These students worked hard over the summer to be able to fulfill their graduation requirements and take part in this special ceremony. We congratulate them on their accomplishment!