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Schools honor Veterans Day

Sun., Nov. 8, 2009

Students in the Coeur d’Alene School District will remember and honor veterans in a number of assemblies on Tuesday. Veterans Day is Wednesday.

Woodland Middle School will hold a special morning assembly at 8 a.m. and Dalton Elementary School has planned a flag presentation, taps and other special songs for its 9:15 a.m. assembly.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars has been invited by Lakes Middle School to post colors to open a 9:30 a.m. assembly. Students will give presentations on the history of Veterans Day and the wars that our military served in. The Lakes choir and band will perform patriotic music, and there will be an announcement of a Patriotic Pride poster, along with a veterans video tribute.

Fernan Elementary School third-graders will honor veterans with “A Salute to American Veterans.” The musical program will be performed at 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Bryan Elementary School students will honor family members who have served in the military by cutting out stars and putting the family member’s name on them, Bryan first-graders will sing the national anthem to the school on the intercom at 9 a.m. During a 2:30 p.m. school assembly, the Boy Scouts of America will present colors, video clips, and give a moment of silence for veterans we have lost.

Major James Phillips of the Washington Air National Guard will speak at an assembly at Coeur d’Alene High School at 9:30 a.m. on the history of Veterans Day and the role of the National Guard. Phillips is the CHS band director and commander of the Air National Guard Band of the Northwest. The assembly will also include a presentation of an American flag flown in Afghanistan.

Lake City High School will have its assembly at 10:30 a.m. and will include a presentation of the colors by Sgt. Charles E. Morris. Lacie Hedahl, LCHS vocal teacher, will sing the national anthem, and Tom Sparks, a retired major from the Marine Corps, will give a speech. Students will have a question-and-answer period and taps will close the ceremony.

Hayden Meadows Elementary School fifth-graders will have a 2:15 p.m. assembly.

Borah Elementary School’s program will be at 7 p.m. and will feature the third-graders and the Borah Ambassadors special chorus.

Ramsey Elementary School will honor veterans with its annual third-grade choir concert on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the gym.

Winton Elementary School plans to honor veterans and celebrate Pearl Harbor Day with an assembly on Dec. 8.

Canfield Middle School will present a school-wide televised program, honoring veterans and talking about the importance of Veterans Day.

Agencies sponsor teen driver safety

The Idaho Transportation Department and the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Traffic Team are sponsoring “Alive at 25,” a defensive driving course geared toward teaching teenagers to drive safe and drive smart.

The four-session course will offer training for drivers 15 to 24. The course will be taught by certified law enforcement officers.

Vehicle crashes are the number one killer of teens in the U.S., according to information from the Alive at 25 Web site.

Teens can register for the course at

For more information call Sgt. Kevin Smart or Deputy Jack McAvoy at the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department at (208) 466-1300.

Cancer scholarship seeks applications

The American Cancer Society is now accepting applications for the 2010 Cancer Survivor College Scholarship Program.

According to a press release from the American Cancer Society, the program provides funds each academic year in increments of $2,500 per student, with a lifetime scholarship limit of $10,000.

Students interested in applying for the scholarships: must be diagnosed with cancer before the age of 21, and must be 25 or younger at the time they apply.

The application deadline is Feb. 26.

For an application packet call the Great West Division Patient Service Center at (866) 500-3272 or the National Cancer Information Center at (800) 227-2345.

High schoolers host international event

The Sandpoint High School international relations class will host “An International Evening In Sandpoint” on Saturday at the Atrium and Tango Café in Panhandle State Bank’s Sandpoint Center in downtown Sandpoint. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Guests will be entertained by the Sandpoint High School steel drum band, Doug and Kim Bond and Holly McGeary, and enjoy hors d’oeuvres served by the students. The event will include a silent auction.

Tickets are $25 and may be purchased in advance or at the door. Tickets are available at Eichardt’s Pub, Grill, & Coffee House, 212 Cedar St.; Outdoor Experience, 314 N. First Ave.; and Monarch Mountain Coffee, 208 N. Fourth Ave.

All proceeds will help support the students’ travel expenses for the spring 2009 Model United Nations Conference in New York City.

For more information call (208) 263-3034.

Charter school performs play

Students at the Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy will demonstrate their acting skills Thursday through Saturday, when they perform “The Importance of Being Earnest.”

Show times for Thursday and Friday are 7 p.m. and students will perform at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

Tickets are $5 per person and $3 for children and students, and can be purchased at the door.

Performances will be at Lake City Playhouse, 1320 E. Garden Ave. in Coeur d’Alene.

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


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