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Sun., Jan. 31, 2010, 8:55 p.m.

Discovery School Open House

Almost every day after school, 7-year-old Abby Ward has something to share with her parents.

Recently, she has been talking to her mom about the history of civil rights. Their conversations began last month after Abby's second grade class at Discovery School took part in the Martin Luther King Jr. Unity March in downtown Spokane. The students also had been watching film footage and reading books detailing the history of civil rights in the United States. "Abby taught me who Ruby Bridges, the first black child to attend a white school in Louisiana," her mom, Liz Ward, wrote in an e-mail.

These lessons, along with many other hands-on activities such as biweekly trips to Turnbull National Wildlife Refugee to monitor and maintain bluebird boxes, compelled Liz to send an e-mail about the wonderful things that happen every day at their school.

At Discovery, children "have the opportunity to learn in their own individual way, at their own level and to ask for what they need," she wrote.

Founded in 1985, Discovery School is a private school that offers preschool and elementary education through sixth grade. "Independence, confidence, social awareness and a love of learning are qualities that distinguish Discovery students," according to a press release from the school.

Discovery School will host several open houses in the coming months beginning with one on Tuesday, Feb. 9 Interested families can tour the school from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. It's an opportunity for parents and their children to ask questions and learn more about the school's education philosophy and method. Discovery School is located at 323 S. Grant St., near the corner of Third Avenue and Sherman. To learn more, check out

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