Education Notebook: Local partnership salutes students

Banner Bank and the Spokane Indians have awarded local high school graduates with $500 scholarships for their academic achievements. The scholarships were also given to the students based on their leadership, community involvement and character.

Students who received the scholarships are Marina DeFrates of North Central; Ben Goodwin of Ferris; Marque Jones of Rogers; and James Volz of Mead.

The students and their families will be honored in a pre-game ceremony at the Indians $100 Strikeout Night on July 11. This is the seventh year Banner Bank and the Spokane Indians have awarded the scholarships, which have totaled $18,000 to 36 area students.

Ferris grad gets scholarship

Tara Jones, a 2012 graduate of Ferris High School, was awarded a $1,500 Gerald L. Saling Memorial Scholarship by the Spokane-North Rotary Club. Jones plans to begin her college career at Whitworth University in the fall.

The scholarship honors Saling, a long-time Club member, north Spokane state legislator and a president of Spokane Falls Community College.

Elementary schools win grants

Three local elementary schools have been chosen to receive grants that will help pay for books and classroom equipment over the course of the next year.

The funds are from the Spokane chapter of Altrusa International, a nonprofit organization that focuses on enhancing literacy throughout the world.

Lidgerwood Elementary will receive $1,900 to purchase equipment for a reading and math program that links literacy skills with physical activity.

Ridgeview and Woodridge elementary schools will each get $1,500 for books and kindergarten materials.

In addition to the grants, Altrusa International will also give $800 to the Spokane YWCA. The money will be used to buy books for children to keep through the YWCA Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program.

Public schools registration under way

Parents of new students in the Spokane Public Schools district can start planning for the upcoming school year.

Registration for students in grades K-8 will continue throughout the summer at the Administration Building, 200 N. Bernard St., Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. High schools are open to the public during the summer from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Schools may be closed for lunch.

To determine which boundary an address falls within, visit the parents section of the Spokane Schools website at www.spokaneschools.org/parents and click on “Which school do I attend?” in the Parent Toolbox or call (509) 354-5900.

To register new students, a birth certificate or other verification of age, and the student’s immunization records are required. Registration forms and information regarding kindergarten preparation, full-day kindergarten and Express child care are also available on the district website.

Justin Runquist contributed to this report.

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