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Fundraiser benefits Johnson fund

Elementary school teachers in the Coeur d’Alene School District, along with the staff at Fernan Elementary School, will host the “Julie Johnson Jamboree” on April 8 at Lake City High School at 7 p.m.

According to a press release from the Coeur d’Alene School District, the jamboree is a combination of the annual Spring Chorus Festival and a celebration of Johnson’s life.

Johnson was a music teacher for 23 years, teaching at Fernan, Dalton, Sorensen, Winton, Ramsey and Hayden Lake elementary schools, and Canfield and Lakes middle schools. Johnson also volunteered to play piano and direct a number of musical theater productions at local high schools. She died in November.

Elementary chorus students in the Coeur d’Alene School District will share their vocal talent at the jamboree to raise money for the Julie Johnson Scholarship Fund. The fund will provide money for elementary students to receive vocal and instrumental instruction.

The evening performance will include a song from each elementary school’s choir, followed by a tribute to Johnson.

The concert is free and open to the public.

Charter students earn trip to Washington, D.C.

Students at Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy won the state championship at the Idaho Scholastic Tournament for the second year in a row. Approximately 20 schools participated in the tournament.

Along with the title, the students were awarded an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the National Science Bowl in April. According to a press release from Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy, students will have to work together in a competition similar to “Jeopardy!” focusing on math and science.

Prairie Avenue student wins regional spelling bee

Fifty fourth- through eighth-graders from the five northern counties of Idaho recently competed in the North Idaho Regional Spelling Bee at North Idaho College. Sabrina Smith, an eighth-grader from Prairie Avenue Christian Center School, finished first. Smith will represent North Idaho at the 2010 Scripps National Spelling Bee in June. For her achievement, she was awarded a $100 U.S. savings bond, a one-year subscription to Encyclopedia Britannica Online Student Edition, tickets to the Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre presentation of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” a dictionary, a plaque, a medallion, and a North Idaho College events pass for the 2010-’11 school year.

Clara Greensides, an eighth-grade home school student from Coeur d’Alene, was runner-up.

Helena Kirkland, a seventh-grade Idaho Virtual Academy student from Moscow, was awarded third place.

Caleb Stedman, a seventh-grade home school student from Rathdrum, received fourth place.

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