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LETEM Play expands beyond instruments to advocate music education

We first told you about LETEM Play in September, since then the non-profit started by two high school students has grown bigger than they creators could have ever imagined. Now, they are expanding and are offering more than just instruments.


LETEM- Life Enhancement Through Education in Music- was started by Katy Dolan and Philip Howard in February 2012. The Central Valley High School Juniors decided they wanted to share something they loved while making a difference in their community. LETEM provides instruments to students who can't afford them.


Now, a little over a year later, LETEM has branched off from just providing instruments. Dolan and Howard have also started providing music clinics to schools and groups that are trying to grow their music programs.


Spokane Valley Rotary Club provides students with free books

Spokane Valley Rotary Club provides students with free books


In a world dominated by iPads, Xboxs and HDTVs, the Spokane Valley Rotary Club is looking to teach children the value of a good book.

This year marked the third year the Rotary Club provided Spokane Valley elementary students with a free book. What started as a project helping just Broadway Elementary students has expanded to serving two schools in each of the three Valley school districts: Trentwood and Trent of East Valley; Orchard Center and Ness Elementary of West Valley; and Broadway and Opportunity Elementary of Central Valley.

“We make sure every child in those schools get a book,” Rotary member Kay Bryant, who spearheads the project, said. “What we want to do is put a book in the hands of every elementary student in the Valley.”

Bryant said she was inspired to do the project when she witnessed a mother walking with her children past a private book sale.

Liberty Lake Elementary engages in local Native American culture

Liberty Lake Elementary third graders are participating in the second of a two-day multimedia, multicultural program today. The hands-on educational experience is designed to directly involve students with the native art and cultures of the Pacific Northwest Coast.

Special guest Ronn Wilson, a Native American artist, is sharing a unique presentation March 7 from 2:10 - 2:55 p.m. during an all-school assembly in the gymnasium. Liberty Lake Elementary is located at 23606 E. Boone Avenue in the Central Valley School District. A select group of third grade students will join the performance.

Ronn Wilson describes his assembly presentation as “an artistic replica of a Kwakwakawaka ceremonial house as seen by simulated firelight.  There will be a dramatic, narrated dance presentation of traditional Northwest Coast style masks seen as they were meant to be seen and used. Each mask is shown in its own context with song, dance, story and costume and illustrates a particular facet of Northwest culture.”

Kindergarten registration begins March 7 in Central Valley


Registration begins on Thursday, March 7 at 8 a.m. for incoming kindergarten students in the Central Valley School District. Hundreds of young students are expected to enroll in kindergarten for the 2013/14 school year. Parents are encouraged to enroll early to select from the various options of morning classes, afternoon classes or all-day tuition-based kindergarten classes with extended child care. Options vary by school.

Central Valley schools will also begin accepting registration for new first grade students beginning March 7. Registration will take place in neighborhood schools during school hours after March 7 (call your school for registration hours). Parents should come prepared with up-to-date immunization records, original state-certified birth certificate and proof of residence using a current electric bill. Registration packets are available for parents to pick up and complete prior to the first day of registration.

U-Hi takes on "Les Mis"

U-Hi takes on "Les Mis"



University High School launches this year’s drama season with “Les Misérables” High School Edition November 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10 at 7 p.m. and November 11 at 2 p.m. in the U-High Theatre.

CBE students to feed hungry neighbors

CBE students to feed hungry neighbors

A West Valley high school Leadership class is doing its part to help fight hunger.

The Contract Based Education (at 115 S University) leadership students are sponsoring the upcoming 2nd Harvest Mobile Food distribution on October 19 from 11 am – 1:00 pm.

This is just the first!  As part of its community outreach, CBE has scheduled four mobile food distribution events at the campus this school year. This Friday is the first of the four food distributions. The students' goal is to serve as many families in the community as possible.

CBE is also partnering with its neighbor New Life Church, who will provide additional volunteers.

Other scheduled distribution dates are: Friday Dec. 7, Friday Feb. 8, and Friday May 10.