January 20, 2011 in Washington Voices

Teachers bring their best defense to fight cancer

By The Spokesman-Review
 

On Feb. 2, the staff at Mt. Spokane and Mead high schools, along with Mountainside and Northwood middle schools, will battle against each other in the Hoops for Hope VII Cancer Benefit basketball game. The seventh annual game will raise money for the Coaches vs. Cancer fund.

Teachers play in the game, but students are just as excited for the event. Jim Preston, assistant principal at Mt. Spokane High School, said every year it’s gotten bigger and the students play a big part. ASB and DECA students have been busy gathering sponsors for the game and students look forward to watching their teachers play. “Students are getting excited about the game. There are some teachers that can still play, so they get excited about that,” he said. Preston also said that the game has a lot of community supporters, too. “We’ve had a bigger crowd for this game than our average GSL game has.”

Raffle tickets will be sold the week before the game for $5 to people age 18 and older. Raffle prizes include tickets to the Gonzaga vs. University of San Francisco men’s basketball game, autographed basketballs, gift cards, and two $150 gift passes to the Coeur d’Alene Golf Course with a golf bag.

Tip off for the Hoops for Hope game is 7:30 p.m. Cost is a $5 donation for each student and adult.

For more information, call Mt. Spokane at (509) 465-7200 or Mead at (509) 465-7000.

Italian dinner planned

St. Patrick Catholic School, 2706 E. Queen Ave., will host its third annual Italian Dinner on Jan. 29 in the school cafeteria, from 3 to 8 p.m.

The dinner, sponsored by the St. Patrick’s Alumni Association, will include a raffle, prizes and sweet treats from the Sugar Shack Bakery. Wine and beer will also be available to purchase.

Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children age 5 and younger.

Proceeds will benefit St. Patrick’s School.

Honoring grandparents

Students at Farwell Elementary School in the Mead School District will honor their grandparents on Jan. 28 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

During the Grandparent’s Day celebration, students will share special compositions with their grandmas and grandpas. Grandparents and other guests will have the opportunity to visit classrooms and listen to students present their creative essays, honoring their loved ones.

Farwell invites the community to share in the celebration.

For more information, call the school at (509) 465-6500 or Suzette McGonigal at (509) 456-5648.

Rainey Coffin can be reached at (509) 927-2166 or by e-mail at raineyc@spokesman.com.


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