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School to receive $25,000 grant

Sunset Elementary School in Airway Heights will receive a $25,000 APPLE Construction Achievement Grant from the Washington Legislature and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.

State Sen. Bob Morton, R-Orient, and State Rep. Shelly Short, R-Addy, will present the award at a school assembly on Friday at 2:20 p.m., according to a press release from the school. The assembly will also honor students for achievement on the Washington Assessment of Student Learning, as well as others contributing to the school.

Sunset was selected for the grant based on academic improvement from 2007-2008 to 2008-2009, school size and geographic location.

For more information, call (509) 559-4600 or e-mail

Sixth-graders score at spelling bee

Three sixth-graders at Cataldo Catholic School, 455 W. 18th Ave., demonstrated their spelling skills at the “Spokane is Spelling” spelling bee on Oct. 24 at River Park Square.

Caroline Romano, Chelsea Thronson, and Sarah Means beat 30 other fifth- and sixth- grade teams in the competition. The team correctly spelled words including “echelon,” “accustomed” and “eccentricity” for the win.

According to a press release, former Cataldo teacher Diane Wells has been coaching the sixth-graders for the past two months.

“I was confident the girls would do well. I’m thrilled with the results. They’re really smart, sweet and talented girls,” she said.

Craft fair to benefit Mead band

The Mead High School Bandwagon will host its annual Holiday Craft Fair on Nov. 14, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Nov. 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The fair will be held in the gym and in the fieldhouse, 302 W. Hastings Road.

The annual event will include arts and crafts, gifts and baked goods.

Admission is $1 per person. Proceeds will support the Mead High School band and color guard programs.

Booths are still available. Vendors interested in participating in the craft fair can call Kari Kostelecky or Nicole Prestley at (509) 720-6983 or e-mail meadcraftfair@


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