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FBLA Cares 4 Kids today at Freeman High

The Freeman High School chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America will host its 10th annual Freeman FBLA Cares 4 Kids event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at the school, 14626 S. Jackson Road.

Students will have activities for kids in kindergarten through fifth grade including basketball, Wiffle ball, crafts, movies and games.

There will also be snacks, beverages and a jumping castle.

The event aims to provide a fun child care for parents who would like to do some holiday shopping, decorate the house or see a movie.

Parents can reserve their children’s spot in advance or at the door. Students will accept donations to pay for the event.

Information: Scott Moore, (509) 291-3721, ext. 201, or email

Fill the Bus

Students from Bowdish, Evergreen, Greenacres, Horizon and North Pines middle schools in the Central Valley School District spent Nov. 17 filling a bus with canned and packaged food, frozen turkeys and cash donations for the Spokane Valley Partners food bank.

They were stationed at different grocery stores throughout Spokane Valley and collected 15,309 pounds of canned and packaged food, 75 frozen turkeys and $2,383 in cash donations. This year’s collection topped last year’s by more than 900 pounds.

The middle schools have been participating in the Fill the Bus event since 2005.

Board of Distinction

The Central Valley school board has been named one of 23 Boards of Distinction in the state by the Washington State School Directors’ Association.

The board is made up of Debra Long, Tom Dingus, Keith Clark, MJ Bolt and Amy Mason. Long recently assumed her duties as the WSSDA president.

School boards are named Boards of Distinction for demonstrating use of the Washington School Board Standards, which promote research-based governance practices that lead to high achievement.

Applicants must submit an essay and supporting evidence to receive this award.