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Hutton student’s letter wins honor

Sixth-grader Reagan Nelson holds her winning letter. Courtesy of David Rolando (Courtesy of David Rolando)
Sixth-grader Reagan Nelson holds her winning letter. Courtesy of David Rolando (Courtesy of David Rolando)

Hutton Elementary students recently had the opportunity to write to their favorite authors, living or dead, in the 2009-’10 “Letters About Literature” contest.

Sixth-grader Reagan Nelson wrote to “Little House on the Prairie” author Laura Ingalls Wilder, as her favored writer. Nelson’s letter was chosen as the winner in the Level 1 competition for Washington state. In Washington, 1,413 letters were received at Level 1 and of those, only 45 were returned for judging at the state level.

Nelson will be honored for her achievement in a ceremony at the State Capitol in Olympia on May 7. As part of the ceremony, she will be asked to read her letter.

Nelson’s classmate, Alex Hagel also had his letter chosen for judging at the state level.

Enrollment opens for Freeman district

Parents in the Freeman School District can now register their children, from kindergarten through eighth-grade, for the upcoming school year.

Kindergartners must be 5 years old on or before Aug. 31. Parents need to be signed up for a “Kindergarten Round-up” on Friday, which new students are invited to participate in.

Required documentation for new kindergartners includes a child’s current immunization record, the state issued birth certificate – not a hospital issued certificate – and proof of residence, such as a current utility bill.

For more information, call the Freeman School District Office at (509) 291-3695.

North Central to hold ‘mock crash’

The North Central Students Against Drunk Driving/Washington Drug Free Youth will have a two-hour presentation on the effects of drinking and driving, today.

The assembly will begin at 9:10 a.m. A “mock crash” will be outside the school at 10:15 a.m., students will return to the school theater after role playing for the funeral scene, and the assembly will conclude at 11:15 a.m.

The educational performance will feature national speaker Dennis Mitchell.

For more information, call NCHS at (509) 354-6286.

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