Kids are returning to school, and there will be plenty of time for the seriousness of a good education. So perhaps a few fun facts about the area’s largest districts – Mead, Central Valley, Coeur d’Alene and Spokane Public Schools – are in order.
1Unusual school mascots: Unicorns, Rockets, Tasmanian Devils, Trailblazers, Sharks and Explorers.
2Most popular lunch item s: Pizza, turkey gravy, chicken nuggets and an overly cheesy grilled cheese sandwich.
3Chocolate or plain milk: Mead, Coeur d’Alene and Spokane all came in about 60 percent chocolate and 40 percent plain. But in Central Valley, the breakdown was 80 percent chocolate and 20 percent plain.
4Most popular electives: Weightlifting, digital photography, home economics, entrepreneurship.
5Unusual physical education classes: Snowshoeing, tumbling, ballroom dancing, badminton and scooter relays.
6Most popular elementary school assembly: Reptile Man – he brings lizards and talks about science.
7Popular spirit week activities: Crazy hair day, pajama day, alternate dress day (girls dress like boys and boys dress like girls).
8Favorite end-of-year activities: Talent show, field day, graduation ceremonies, prom.
9 Unusual volunteers: Reading Rovers and Molly the Dog – dogs who listen to children while they read.
10 Strangest lost-and- found items: Underwear, left shoes, an adult-size Captain America costume, a retainer, a 2-year-old with a ferret found roaming on an elementary school playground.