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Sunset earns $25,000 grant

State recognizes school for WASL achievement

Students and teachers at Airway Heights’ Sunset Elementary School, 12824 W. 12th Street, will have some decisions to make soon.

The school has received the Apple Award Achievement Grant from Washington’s Legislature – a $25,000 capital improvement grant given to five public elementary schools that have the greatest combined average increase in the percentage of students who meet fourth-grade reading, mathematics and writing standards on the Washington Assessment of Student Learning.

“I just think it’s a validation of all the hard work we do across the district,” said Larry Keller, superintendent of Cheney School District.

Sunset Elementary School Principal Sean Dotson said he is excited about the grant and is celebrating the hard work of the teachers and students.

“They deserve to be recognized for that,” Dotson said.

Dotson said there are a number of projects under consideration, such as a playground for the preschool program or an electronic reader board. He said that the students will get to pick the project. The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction will give the final approval.