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Indian Trail second-graders win 500 books in contest

Jill Ferguson, a second-grade teacher at Indian Trail Elementary, 4102 W. Woodside Ave., and her students’ care where they are.

Ferguson and her students were recently awarded 500 books when they won the “Care Where You Are” national sweepstakes, sponsored by Scholastic Book Clubs.

To enter the contest, Ferguson’s class was required to read 100 books. They were one of 200 classes throughout the U.S. awarded the prize. More than 16,000 classes entered.

Ferguson’s students have chosen to donate the books to Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital, Indian Trail school library, Holy Family Hospital, Shriners Hospital and the Spokane County Health program.

Grant awarded to Shaw teachers

Shaw Middle School teachers received a $10,000 Qwest Foundation Teachers and Technology grant from Qwest and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Steven English, Jessica Gaddy and Kristin Rollins were given the grant money for their proposed student project. The project will require students to determine how building a golf course on the former Playfair Race Course land near the Spokane River will impact human activity, with the consumption of natural resources, relative to the quality of life and the health of our ecosystem. Under the project, students also will examine water quality, land use, animal habitats, and the effects of encroachment, herbicides, pesticides and fertilizers.

For more information regarding the Qwest grant program, call Dennis Small at (360) 725-6384 or e-mail or Jacqueline Wyatt at (360) 725-6435 or e-mail

Springdale students participate in Rotary

Springdale High School students will participate in the Springdale Rotary Student Charter Interact Inaugural on Sunday at 5 p.m. at the Springdale Grange.

The Rotary Club includes 25 of the 170 Springdale students. As a group, they have set a goal to raise $40,000 through Rotary International to make a trip to Honduras or Bolivia to serve those in need living in those countries.

Sunday’s event will include Bob Carroll, president of the Deer Park Rotary and Mike Pammler, the Springdale High School librarian. Pammler sponsored a Rotary group in November of 2008.

For more information, call Bob Carroll at (509) 993-4176.

Rainey Coffin can be reached at (509) 927-2166 or via e-mail at