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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.

 

Four teachers receive classroom grants from STCU

Four teachers receive classroom grants from STCU

Four area teachers were surprised this week with a $500 classroom grant from Spokane Teachers Credit Union. Over 2,000 teachers entered a drawing for the grants during 23 back to school events that STCU held for educators in Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho.

The money can be used in any way the teachers choose to enhance the classroom experience for their students. The following teachers received surprise announcements at their schools this week:

Edible Tree Project uses gleaning to help feed the hungry

Edible Tree Project uses gleaning to help feed the hungry

A young and up and coming non-profit wants to utilize food sources that are already growing around us to help feed Spokane's hungry. The Spokane Edible Tree Project plans to map and glean Spokane's fruit and nut trees to benefit organizations like Second Harvest.

 

“There's a lot of under utilized resources in our community,” said Kate Burke, founder of The Spokane Edible Tree Project. Still in early stages of development, Burke is drawing on similar tree gleaning projects from Seattle and Portland. Edible Tree will harvest produce from public trees as well as from trees that private property owners register with the organization.

 

The 24-year-old Spokane native has been working at Second Harvest for the last year through AmeriCorps VISTA focusing on projects like Plant a Row which encourages local gardeners to plant a few crops for the food bank distributor. Burke connected with the Portland Fruit Tree Project at a conference and they have been helping her get Edible Tree off the ground.

Red Shoe Run helps families through adoption

Red Shoe Run helps families through adoption

On Saturday, Hope 4 5K will host their first run as part of their new non-profit aimed at helping families through the adoption process. The Red Shoe Run will raise money to help two local families in the final stages of adoption from Ethiopia.

 

Ranell Bond and her husband David were inspired to start Hope 4 5K after their own experience adopting their two-year-old son Beckham from Ethiopia. The adoption process took 21 months. They were able to bring Beckham home just six weeks ago.

 

“We just wanted to be able to help these families,” said Ranell. David is an Ironman competitor so the family decided to combine their passion for international adoption with their love of running. While the Red Shoe Run is Hope 4 5K's first run, they hope to have at least two a year as the organization grows.

 

Wake Up Call joins Toys for Titans

Wake Up Call joins Toys for Titans

University High School is hoping to fill their gym floor on Friday morning with Toy for Titans in memory of Josie Frier and McKenzie Mott. The greater community can support the student's efforts in the morning by grabbing a cup of coffee at The Wake Up Call.

The Wake Up Call will be accepting donations for Toys for Titans, which will then be used to purchase toys for Toys for Tots, Josie's favorite charity. Those who make a donation will be given a $1 discount on their morning latte. Donations will be accepted at all four Wake Up Locations:

  • 1703 S. Dishman-Mica Rd.
  • 112 N. Evergreen Rd.
  • 1106 N Pines Rd
  • 210 N. Sullivan Rd.

For more information on what the U-High community is doing to remember Josie and McKenzie visit the U-High Community Facebook Page.  

Community reaches out to U-High after tragedy

Community reaches out to U-High after tragedy

News of a deadly car crash spread fast.  Two University High School sophomore girls, killed Saturday night, their classmate seriously injured.

The shock and pain reverberated through the community over the deaths of Josie Freier and McKenzie Mott.  Emails, Facebook posts, pictures and calls started flooding in, showing support for the families and a high school in pain.

YWCA talks about domestic violence with the Purple Purse

YWCA talks about domestic violence with the Purple Purse

One in four women will face domestic violence, but domestic violence is rarely talked about. The YWCA of Spokane is working to change that through their Alternative to Domestic Violence Program and is bringing light to the topic this October with Allstate's Purple Purse Campaign.

 

“There's a large possibility that someone in your personal network will be affected,” said Erica Schrieber, Manager of the Women's Opportunity Network at the YWCA. More women are impacted by domestic violence than breast cancer, lung cancer and ovarian cancer combined.

 

YWCA Spokane is one of 30 in the nation that was selected to participate in this year's Purple Purse Campaign. As the purple purses travels around Spokane this month they will serve as both a fundraiser and conversation starter to open a dialogue about the different forms that domestic violence can take.