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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.

Holmes Elementary receives $500K grant to improve test scores

Holmes Elementary receives $500K grant to improve test scores

Holmes Elementary School in Spokane is receiving a $500,000 grant from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction help to bring up test scores.

Last school year was for planning how they would use the money and this year they're putting the grant in action.

The school is seeing more teachers, resources and community involvement thanks to the grant, part of a pilot project created and funded by the state that targets low-performing schools. Holmes was one of three to receive the grant because of their emerging priority.

"Which means our scores are a little bit lower than they should be and we are focused on improving by the district," grant manager Stephanie Lundberg said.

Lundberg worked with Whitworth University and Gonzaga University to apply for the grant. The two universities are getting a share of the money to help increase Holmes' test scores. Part of their role in the grant is to station teaching students in classrooms for more student to instructor interaction.

Changes in store for SPS Montessori program

Changes in store for SPS Montessori program

Spokane Public Schools voted to move and unify the Montessori program from two locations to one central location. While Montessori parents are both excited and apprehensive of the move, the change solves a bigger space issue for the school district.


“They’re looking at this strategically,” said Kevin Morrison, Director of Community Relations for Spokane Public Schools. New legislation requires that all kindergarten through third grade classrooms have only 17 students within the next few years. The district is in need of 24 classrooms by this fall.

Parents get invasive to protect kids online

Parents get invasive to protect kids online

Parents are looking for ways to monitor their children's social media activities after students at two area high schools received death threats from a fellow student.

Two days ago a 16-year-old Shadle Park High School student was arrested after she made threats to one of her fellow students as well as another student from a nearby district. Now school administrators are asking parents to make changes so that another incident doesn't occur.

In the Anderson household privacy while communicating, no matter what form, isn't really an option.

"It has always stood that I will monitor phones, internet, TV, video games," mother Shelley Anderson said.

Anderson's philosophy is if she doesn't have the passwords to it, her kids don't get to use it.

"It is invasive and it's my job as a parent to be invasive," she said.

Anderson added that because she actively monitors her kids, she doesn't have to worry about them being involved in an incident like the one her son's classmate was in that resulted in an arrest.

"There are certain times when I want my privacy but at the same time there's nothing bad," Shelley's son Joshua said.

Spokane Valley teen arrested for making death threats

Spokane Valley teen arrested for making death threats

Spokane Valley Sheriff's Deputies arrested a 16-year-old girl for threatening to kill multiple students online on Sunday.

Deputies received a report that the teen was threatening to bring a gun to Barker High School and kill one or more students on Monday. Upon further investigation, deputies discovered the girl was making similar threats directed at a second student who attends Shadle Park High School. These threats were being made through Facebook.

University High School Resource Deputy Jeff Duncan and Central Valley Resource Officer Trevor Jones interviewed two potential victims, collected the Facebook evidence, and contacted the suspect.

After an interview with the teen, Deputy Duncan placed her under arrest for two counts of Felony Harassment - Threat to Kill. She was booked in Juvenile Detention on Sunday afternoon.

MOH recipient Ty Carter returns to North Central High

MOH recipient Ty Carter returns to North Central High

Medal of Honor recipient SSG Ty Carter returned home to Spokane Thursday for a special assembly held at North Central High School.

Carter received the nation's highest military honor for his bravery during a deadly firefight in Afghanistan. Several men in his unit died but many lived because of what he did.

But long before he ran through heavy gunfire to deliver ammunition to other men his unit during that firefight, he walked the halls of North Central as a student, track athlete and football player. He wasn't always the most popular kid in school and that's an important part of the message he shared at the school Thursday.

"We are all very capable of doing wonderful and great things," Carter said.

When the President of the United States puts the Medal of Honor around your neck your life changes forever, but Carter said he isn't special, and that's what he told students today

"Even a student who has troubled times, because I was troubled as a kid, that is why I chose to go into the services because I wanted to change and I wanted to put my life in a better direction," Carter said.