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Help fill a backpack this school year

Help fill a backpack this school year

The calendar may still say "July,"  but it's time to start thinking about the upcoming school year.  That's because starting today, you can help provide school supplies for children in need.

The Salvation Army of Spokane is partnering with local business to collect community donations with a goal of handing out 4,000 fully-stocked backpacks next month.  Protractors, compasses, calculators, college-ruled paper, colored markers and pencils are among the items most needed this year.

You can drop off your donations at any of the current bin locations:

  • Fred Meyers
  • Shopko
  • Walgreens
  • Lowes
  • Home Dept
  • Prime Source Credit Union
  • Advance America
  • Public Safety Building

The backpacks will be distributed on Friday, August 16th at the Salvation Army Community Center at 222 E. Indiana.  If you'd like a drop-off bin at your place of business, please call 509-329-2721.

 

 

 

 

Kids in the CVSD get another day of Summer

Kids in the CVSD get another day of Summer

Students in the Central Valley School District just got one more day of summer break.

School was supposed to start September 4th.  However, this email went out to parents yesterday, and just like that, your kids get an extra day:

In order to provide important, timely training for teachers and principals focused on our new evaluation system, the first day of school for the upcoming 2013/14 school year will be Thursday, September 5. This will be a regular school day schedule (no late start for collaboration) and is one day later than the previously posted school year calendar.

Solicitor falsely using EWU to collect money

Solicitor falsely using EWU to collect money

Eastern Washington University received reports today that someone is using the University as a rouse to collect monetary donations in the Spokane Valley.

Reports say the someone claiming to be participating in a fundraiser for the Communications Studies Program has been soliciting money door-to-door. However, EWU has not authorized a fundraiser and has no knowledge of one happening in the Communications Studies department or any other department on campus. 

Kindergartners learn about community service one bear at a time

Kindergartners learn about community service one bear at a time

Kindergarten students from Chester Elementary made a trip to the Build-A-Bear Workshop in the Spokane Valley Mall this morning. Instead of taking their new fluffy friends home, they donated them to children staying at the Ronald McDonald House.

 

The excursion was made possible by an Eastern Washington Community Outreach Program Grant. The COP Grants are given for up to $1,500 to cover the cost of service projects that build relationships between students, schools and the community at large. This is the fourth time that kindergarten teacher Denise Kennedy has applied for and been given a COP Grant.

 

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.