March 14, 2009 in Washington Voices

EVSD receives computers from county library

By The Spokesman-Review

There were no ribbons and bows, but East Valley School District recently got a late Christmas present in the form of 55 Dell computers from the Spokane County Library District.

Director of technology Brian Wallace said he had heard that the library district recently upgraded its public Internet stations and had some surplus computers on their hands. “They either find someone who can use them or sell them,” he said.

Wallace was certainly eager to offer a home to the computers. “I didn’t pay anything,” he said. “They’re 4-year-old computers, but we have 8-year-old computers in our classrooms and some of our libraries. They’re starting to show their age.”

Most of the computers went to libraries at Mountain View Middle School, Trent Elementary and East Farms Elementary. Several classrooms across the district also got the newer computers. The fact that the computers are Dells was just an added bonus, since the district already uses Dell computers. “They’re in great shape,” he said.

Freeman tops the heap

During the recent Burgers with a Heart fundraiser at local Red Robin Restaurants, Freeman High School students once again were able to raise the most money among the local districts. Diners could buy paper hearts for $1 and Freeman’s Future Business Leaders of America club raised $1,553 for the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery by selling the hearts.

This is the fourth year in a row Freeman High School has won the Spirit with a Heart trophy for raising more money than other school districts. During that time the school has raised nearly $7,000.

Local students win contests

The May Hutton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution recently announced the winners of several awards. Brittany Croft of Valley Christian School won the Christopher Columbus Essay contest.

Students who earned the Good Citizen Award include Ryan Miller of Valley Christian and Laura Larson of West Valley High School.

Good Citizen Award winners are selected from local seniors who have been nominated by school staff for their dependability, service, leadership and patriotism.

Destination Imagination

Students in East Valley’s Planned Enrichment Program recently competed among 75 teams in the Eastern Regional Destination Imagination competition. The district sent 11 teams and took second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth and eighth places.

The Continuous Curriculum School Middle Level team won the DaVinci Award. The award is given to teams that demonstrate high levels of creativity. Only two DaVinci Awards were handed out at the competition.

Free eye exams

The Lens Crafters Vision Van will be visiting Trent Elementary at 3303 N. Pines Road on April 20. It will offer free eye exams and free glasses to low-income students age 5 to 21 from any Valley school district.

Families must be able to show financial need and cannot have vision insurance. Parents must contact the nurse at their child’s school to fill out paperwork and schedule an appointment. The number of appointments is limited.

CV school fundraisers

•A murder mystery evening to benefit the Central Valley High School senior all-nighter is set for March 28 at the Mirabeau Park Hotel at Sullivan and Interstate 90.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the murder mystery performance will begin at 7. The evening will also include wine tasting and appetizers. The cost is $50 per person. Call Becky at (509) 921-6443 for tickets.

•The seniors at University High School will raise money for their upcoming Senior Prom at the Davenport Hotel with a Texas Hold ’Em Tournament next Saturday at Players and Spectators, 12828 E. Sprague Ave.

The tournament will run from 3 to 6 p.m. Participants must register in advance by calling (509) 928-7088.

If you have news about Spokane Valley schools, call Nina Culver at (509) 927-2158 or e-mail

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