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Free Miscrosoft Office downloads available to Spokane students

Free Miscrosoft Office downloads available to Spokane students

Students enrolled in Spokane Public Schools can now get free access to the Microsoft Office Pro Plus suite at home.


Spokane Public Schools is partnering with Student Advantage to provide students with Microsoft Office. Through Student Advantage, students in grades 4-12 can download free copies of the programs using their Spokane Schools email address. The software can be downloaded on up to five computers and will on Windows 7 or higher, and Mac OS X 10.6 or higher.

Our Kids are Our Business

Our Kids are Our Business

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.  Eight years ago the Spokane community decided enough was enough!  It was rocked to the core by the horrific death of little Summer Phelps and was jarred into taking a stand for children.

KXLY has joined with 34 other businesses and individuals (Spo-Can Council) for the month-long initiative "Our Kids Our Business". The focus is on the prevention of child abuse and neglect. The council holds regular meetings, and next week will hold it's annual luncheon.  

Orientation meeting for families interested in SPRINT

Orientation meeting for families interested in SPRINT

From Spokane Public Schools:


Interested families are invited to learn more about one of Spokane Public Schools’ alternative learning options, the SPRINT program.

Spokane schools could see longer days as soon as this fall

Spokane schools could see longer days as soon as this fall

Washington state is requiring longer school days for the 2015-2016 school year, but Spokane Public Schools is considering making the change as soon as this fall.

The new schedule will mean up to an additional 30 minutes of school depending on the grade.

"The board mandated that the administration do it, the administration has been in this negotiation for that extended day," Kevin Morrison, director of community resources for Spokane Public Schools, said.

Morrison said part of the process is receiving feedback on whether or not the change should be implemented a year early.

"I think over a thousand responses and it's pretty close to 50-50," he said.

Spokane's school day is on the shorter side compared to others in the state and nation and the change would adjust that, adding 30 minutes to the elementary school day and six minutes to the high school and middle school day.

The district's hope is that more time for instruction would mean increased student achievement. However, some parents like Amber Rushing think otherwise, saying that's too much time for a nine-year-old to sit still.

Audubon student inducted into School Safety Hall of Fame

A big honor for a dedicated Safety Patrol student at Audubon Elementary. Sixth grader Allarae Prigan was selected as one of 10 outstanding patrollers in Washington and will be inducted into the AAA School Safety Patrol Hall of Fame.


Allarae was nominated by Audubon Attendance Secretary Melinda Holland. She wanted to recognize Allarae for her dedication, commitment to making good choices and for helping other students. In addition to Safety Patrol, Allarae is on the student council and said she loves Audubon and wants to help the school out in anyway she can.

Gonzaga hosting free Chinese language summer camp

Gonzaga hosting free Chinese language summer camp

From Gonzaga University:


Up to 60 Spokane-area students in 1st through 12th grade will once again have opportunities to study Chinese this summer at Gonzaga University, thanks to an $89,713 grant from Startalk. Startalk is a federally sponsored program designed to foster interest in less commonly taught languages such as Chinese, Arabic and Hindi.

Whitworth to host National Book Award winner Timothy Egan

Whitworth to host National Book Award winner Timothy Egan

Award-winning journalist and author Timothy Egan will give a lecture on Sunday, April 13, at 2 p.m. in Weyerhaeuser Hall's Robinson Teaching Theatre at Whitworth University.

Egan's book The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl won the 2006 National Book Award. His other works include The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America and Lasso the Wind: Away to the New West.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Press Release: 

Renowned journalist and author Timothy Egan will give a lecture on Sunday, April 13, at 2 p.m. in Weyerhaeuser Hall’s Robinson Teaching Theatre at Whitworth University. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the North Spokane Friends of the Library, Whitworth University, and Humanities Washington.