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EV plans meetings on safety

East Valley School District principals are hosting meetings to review safety procedures and take input from parents and community members.

Some schools held meetings earlier this week. Next week, meetings are scheduled at:

• Otis Orchards School, 22000 E. Wellesley Ave., Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., call (509) 924-9823;

• East Valley Middle School, 4920 E. Progress Ave., Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., call (509) 924-9383;

• Trent School, 3303 N. Pines Road, Thursday at 6:30 p.m., call (509) 924-2622; and

• Trentwood School, 14701 E. Wellesley Ave., Thursday at 6:30 p.m., call (509) 927-3215.

Student screening

The Special Services Department of Central Valley School District will conduct “Child Find,” a free screening tool to identify preschool children with developmental disabilities within the district. Children will be measured in speech, language and cognitive and physical development.

The screening clinics are held monthly throughout the school year. For more information or to schedule an appointment for your child, call (509) 228-5860.

Holiday philanthropy

• University High School students held their annual “Adopt a Tot” toy drive last month for children in need.

Each homeroom class adopted at least one child and provided wrapped Christmas presents valued at up to $30. The school helped 85 children who are homeless, enrolled in the district’s Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program preschool or are residents of the Summit View Apartments.

The drive has been a tradition since 1989. Student leaders Sarah Lamp and Colleen McMahon organized this year’s event.

Also at U-Hi, employees have been skipping the holiday party for 12 years, opting to pool their money to donate to the Christmas Bureau. This year, employees raised $1,040.

• Central Valley High School students donated 1,500 stuffed animals and $75 to the Christmas Bureau. The Technology Student Association collected the donations throughout the month of December. This year’s total donations surpassed last year’s by 500 stuffed animals.

The Technology Student Association is led by officers Katie Wardsworth, Bethany Loy, Aubrey Spear, Pricilla Call, Sydney Martin and John Martin.

West Valley DECA

Twenty-two West Valley High School students qualified for state at the Area 11 DECA competition. The state competition will be March 7-9 in Bellevue.

Traveling to state this year: Austin Luhn, food marketing series; Alisse Middleton, human resource series; Quan Tran, sports and entertainment marketing series; Alex Preston and Chris Shannon, buying and merchandising team decision; Jacque Swanson and Angela Fair, hospitality services team decision; Devonte Dickerson, Thomas Dedera and Jeffrey Wilhelm, advertising campaign, Jordan Martin, Chance Roullier and Anthony Bellagio, sports and entertainment promotion plan; Alex Stutzman, Maryssa Richardson and Armand Mauro, hospitality and tourism research manual; Swanson, Fair and Preston, community service project; Kaylee Tate and Luhn, creative marketing project; Jessica Mitchell, Middleton and Jacy Sodorff, public relations project; Emily Amsbaugh and Josie Brantley, Learn and Earn project; Shelby Homan, MAPS.

The chapter also wrapped up its community service project, “Help Us Light Our Star,” and became platinum donors to Spokane Fantasy Flight. The organization sends 60 under-privileged students on a North Pole adventure. Participants also receive gifts.

The chapter presented Spokane Fantasy Flight with a check for more than $2,600.

Mobile food bank

Second Harvest mobile food distribution will be at Contract Based Education, 115 S. University Road, Feb. 1 and May 10 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The school’s leadership team helped coordinate the program with Second Harvest to distribute fresh produce and perishable products to families in need. Anyone interested in receiving food must be present to receive it, except in cases of home-bound people. In that case, a note will suffice if you send someone in your place.

The Feb. 1 event originally was scheduled Feb. 8.

For more information, call CBE at (509) 927-1100.