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Education Notes: Kroc mixes work, play in after-school program

Local students in Coeur d’Alene can get extra help with their homework, have a healthy snack and even work off some extra energy in the Kroc After-School Program, held at the Kroc Center, 1765 W. Golf Course Road. The program is open to all students, Monday through Friday from 3 to 5:45 p.m.

Canfield Middle School students registered in the program have transportation available to them. According to information on the Canfield website, students enrolled in the program will have at least 60 minutes of homework or study time each day, test preparation and reading. After putting in their hour of homework, they will have an opportunity to participate in activities organized by the Kroc Center staff, such as tournaments and games. The staff provides a pizza party at the end of each month as an incentive for students who have shown a good work ethic and/or grade improvement.

The free after-school program is open to all students, but registration is required. Sign up forms are available at the Kroc Center.

For more information, call Lindsey Baldwin at the Kroc Center at (208) 763-0645 or e-mail or visit

Canfield Middle School plans book fair Dec. 6-10

Canfield Middle School in the Coeur d’Alene School District is hosting its annual book fair Dec. 6 through Dec. 10 and will have plenty of written treasures for sale to pile under the tree.

The event is also a fundraiser for the school library. The library needs to furnish its shelves with new books to help promote reading to the students.

The fair is open to the community Dec. 6-8 from 7:15 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Dec. 9 from 7:15 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Dec. 10 from 7:15 to 10:30 a.m.

For more information call Canfield at (208) 664-9188.

CdA Christian School hosting craft, gift fair

Coeur d’Alene Christian School, 6439 N. Fourth St., will prepare for the holidays with its 15th annual craft and gift fair on Dec. 4.

Held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the event will include lunch, hot cocoa, cider, coffee and lots of baked goods. The fair will also include handmade and unique crafts.

The fair is free and open to the public.

For more information, call (208) 772-7118 or e-mail

CHS student newspaper takes first place award

Students at Coeur d’Alene High School showed off their writing skills at the North Idaho College 2010 High School Journalism Workshop, held Oct. 26.

The CHS journalists entered their Oct. 21 edition of the Viking Voice, the high school’s student newspaper and received first place. According to the CHS newsletter, the papers were judged on overall look and design, coverage and writing. The Viking Voice competed against school newspapers from Lake City, Priest River, Timberlake and Libby, Mont.

Student journalists also had an opportunity to participate in break-out sessions on interviewing, news writing, sports writing, page design and listen to a number of speakers on different aspects of journalism.

CHS students who attended the workshop and were recipients of the first-place award include Kaye Thor nbrugh, Ian Sullivan, Matt Lambert, Ryan Lambert, Taylor Stewart, Mackenzie Murray, Emily Lowder, Ty Higbie, Toni Ramsay, Jake Toews, Haleigh Coles, Katie Baldwin, Alexis Kingsley along with adviser Teri Asher.

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

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