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Valley schools to honor veterans

Leadership students at West Valley High School, 8301 E. Buckeye Ave., will honor Veterans Day with a special assembly Thursday at 9:45 a.m.

The program will feature a guest speaker, patriotic music and an informal reception.

The students would also like to invite any local veterans to attend the ceremony.

For more information, call the school at (509) 922-5488 and ask for Jamie Nilles.

• Valley Christian School, 10212 E. Ninth Ave., will present a special Veterans Day program, “I Like the Sound of America,” Friday at the school at 10:30 a.m. and at the Union Gospel Mission, 1224 E. Trent Ave., at 1 p.m.

The program will include a special performance by the Valley Christian School elementary choir and a drama team to honor veterans who are serving or have served in the past.

This year’s presentation will feature a Skype connection with a soldier serving in Iraq.

For more information, call the church office at (509) 924-9131.

Central Valley marching band

The Central Valley High School Marching Band and Color Guard has brought home more hardware after a victory at the Northwest Association for Performing Arts Marching Band Championships last weekend in Hillsboro, Ore.

The band placed first out of seven marching bands in the open class with a score of 93.9. The school also took home high general effect, high music and the people’s choice award.

“(There were) hugs everywhere in the CV fan section while CV kids sat in the band section motionless as the CV drum majors and color guard captains accepted the 6-foot championship trophy. The first undefeated season in over 20 years, if ever,” wrote Anita Slate, the publicity chair for the band’s boosters.

The band has won the last seven of eight competitions.

Central Valley’s band director is Eric Parker.

Recess runners

Students at Sunrise Elementary School in the Central Valley School District participated in the inaugural Recess Running Club Oct. 21.

More than 300 students along with third-grade teacher Eric Kramer took a lap around the playground in the first meeting of the club.

The students have pledged to voluntarily run or walk laps during recess and keep track of their activity. Students will receive sneaker, runner or surprise charms for their efforts.

The club will participate for four weeks and at the end, a boy and a girl who ran or walked the most miles will get a special prize.

There will be another session of the running club in the spring.

Community Connections

Central Valley School District will present seven Community Connections events this month.

Business leaders, elected officials, parents and community members are invited to attend these events which will highlight programs and strategies designed to engage students in learning. There also will be an overview of the 2011 District Report Card, part of the district’s strategic plan.

The 90-minute events will be held at the following locations:

Opportunity Elementary School, 1109 S. Wilbur Road, Monday, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Barker High School, 13313 E. Broadway Ave., Tuesday from 7:30 to 9 a.m.; University High School, 12420 E. 32nd Ave., Wednesday from 7:30 to 9 a.m.; Liberty Lake Elementary School, 23606 E. Boone Ave., Nov. 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Central Valley High School, 821 S. Sullivan Road, Nov. 15 from 7:30 to 9 a.m.; Evergreen Middle School, 14221 E. 16th Ave., Nov. 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and North Pines Middle School, 701 N. Pines Road, Nov. 21 from 7:30 to 9 a.m.

Space is limited, so if you would like to attend, call (509) 228-5400 to reserve a place.

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