April 7, 2011 in Washington Voices

Education Notebook: 5 schools given greenhouses, grants

By The Spokesman-Review

Five local elementary schools are among 10 Washington schools who received greenhouses and grants from the Washington State Potato Commission and other partners as part of the “Kids Are Growing” competition.

Winning Spokane and Spokane Valley schools are All Saints, Discovery, Grant, Deer Park, and University. Schools received a free greenhouse, $1,000 and “the opportunity to experience, first-hand, the miracle of growing,” said David George of the commission. “This makes 50 greenhouses that GreenhouseMegastore.com has donated since 2004 when we started this program to promote nutrition and agriculture, and enhance math, science and life skills,” said Karen Bonaudi, assistant executive director of the commission.

For more information visit www.potatoes.com.

Running Start info nights

Spokane Falls Community College will offer a free Running Start information night April 14.

The sessions will give high school students and their parents the information they’ll need to learn how to earn college credits while completing high school. Running Start counselors and coordinators will be available to answer questions and explain how students can enroll.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m., the program starting at 7 p.m., SUB Lounges A, B and C, Bldg. 17. For information, call (509) 533-3524.

Fifth-graders at Meadow Ridge Elementary in the Mead School District participated last month in the Math is Cool competition at Mt. Spokane High School.

Meadow Ridge students competed against 400 students from 41 schools. According to an email from the school, three of Meadow Ridge’s fifth-graders placed in the top 14 and finished fifth overall. Emma Grace Wiechert placed seventh, Julie Christensen 12th and Courtney Pardue 13th. Meadow Ridge’s fifth-place finish advances Wiechert, Christensen, Pardue and Rebekah Neal to the Masters competition.

Other Meadow Ridge students who participated: Carsen Smith, Julia Yasinsky, Mason Gash, Alicia Lies-Swatman, Braden Stumm, Micah Johnson, Hannah Faulwell, Patrick O’Leary, Camdem Clegg, Iris Thoren, Jack Hesskamp, Marissa Ishii and George Johnson.

Rainey Coffin can be reached at (509) 927-2166 or via email at raineyc@spokesman.com.

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