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G-Prep game to host children’s book drive

Football fans at Friday night’s Gonzaga Prep game will not only get to see a game, they’ll have the opportunity to score a two-for-one coupon at Triple Play Family Fun Park.

Fans at the 7 p.m. game against Lewis and Clark who donate two new or gently used children’s books to the 13th annual KHQ Success By 6 Children’s Book Drive will receive a coupon to the family park in Hayden. The game is at Gonzaga Prep, 1224 E. Euclid Ave.

There is a great need for board books, or hardcover, cardboard books for babies and toddlers.

Books will be given to the Success By 6 Children’s Book Bank, run by Spokane Valley Kiwanis volunteers. The book bank has given out 80,000 books to children in the Spokane community over the past 12 years.

Shaw Middle School to mark 50th anniversary

Shaw Middle School, 4106 N. Cook St., will celebrate the school’s 50th anniversary on Nov. 4.

Students and faculty will have a celebration at 9 a.m. and the school will hold a community celebration from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

For more information call (509) 354-7283.

All Saints Snowflake Gala auction will be Nov. 6

All Saints Catholic School will bring winter to Spokane early on Nov. 6 at Northern Quest Casino, 100 N. Hayford Road, with its annual school auction.

Doors for the “Snowflake Gala” will open at 5:30 p.m. with a silent auction that includes a signed basketball and shirt from the Gonzaga University men’s team, a Palm Springs getaway, golf packages, spa packages and more. A live auction will be held later in the evening.

Tickets are $35 per person and include admission and dinner. Guests must be 21 or older to attend the gala.

To purchase tickets and for more information, call (509) 534-1098, ext. 238 or visit

Meadow Ridge students to honor vets with songs

The students at Meadow Ridge Elementary, 15601 N. Freya St., will honor more than 80 local veterans on Nov. 12 with two patriotic performances.

The 250 students will sing patriotic songs at 1:30 and 6:30 p.m., and the Air Force honor guard will assist as Meadow Ridge’s special guest.

For more information, call Marilyn Brennan at (509) 465-6600.

Spokane Schools considers math curriculum changes

Spokane Public Schools is considering options for updating the high school mathematics materials for algebra I, geometry and algebra II. According to a press release from the district, the consideration is based on the recently adopted standards approved by the state of Washington in July 2008.

The district will hold public forums on Nov. 10 in the North Central High School library from 6 to 7 p.m. and Nov. 12 at Lewis and Clark High School, rooms 131 and 132, from 6 to 7 p.m., for an update on the process and an opportunity for parents and community members to provide input on the subject of high school mathematics materials.

For more information, e-mail Bridget Lewis, executive director of instructional programs, at, or call Rick Biggerstaff, coordinator of secondary mathematics, at (509) 354-5900, e-mail, or visit

Whitworth expects 600 students at Writing Rally

Students preschool to sixth grade are invited to participate in Whitworth University’s 26th annual Writing Rally. As many as 600 students are expected at the Cowles Memorial Auditorium.

Children’s author Candace Fleming will lead the event. Fleming is the author of the best-selling children’s books “Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!” and “Boxes for Katje.” She’s also written nonfiction for young adults, including “The Lincolns,” “Our Eleanor,” and “Ben Franklin’s Almanac.”

Students will have the opportunity to hear from Fleming and work with local teachers and Whitworth education students to create their own original illustrated book.

Cost for the event is $17 per student. The cost covers each child and their parent, a T-shirt and all materials.

Session 1 is from 8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Session 2 is from 10:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

To register and for more information, call (509) 777-3263. According to Whitworth’s Web site, you need to leave your name, phone number and a mailing address, and a registration packet will be mailed to you.

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

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