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Grant will fund key repairs

East Valley School District will receive $100,000 for heating, cooling or ventilation related projects.

East Valley is one of 62 districts to receive part of a $5 million grant for urgent repairs and renovation projects.

“The Urgent Repair Grant program is solely for nonrecurring costs associated with necessary school facility repairs and renovations related to unforeseen health and safety needs,” said Nathan Olson, a spokesman for the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.

The schools were selected from 108 applications from districts across the state. The top 73 projects were selected.

“It (the grant) is a great program,” said State Superintendent Randy Dorn. “It gives the state a chance to give quick help to districts that need minor but critical repairs, such as fire sprinkler systems and roofs and water systems.”

Outdoor Learning Center open house

The West Valley Outdoor Learning Center, 8706 E. Upriver Drive, will present an open house Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Visitors can learn about the center’s birds of prey, hold reptiles and create eco-art.

There is a suggested donation of $3 to attend.

For more information, call the OLC at (509) 340-1028.

Junior Achievement volunteers needed

Liberty Lake Elementary School in the Central Valley School District is hoping to bring the Junior Achievement curriculum to its students.

If you are interested in donating or volunteering, email