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  • A turn for the better

    The Our Kids: Our Business theme this year is mentoring. Sometimes, the mentors don’t even have to be real. Children who read well meet fictional characters who can show them …

  • Books that mentor

    Sally Chilson, youth services coordinator for Spokane Public Library, has worked in libraries since she was 15. The 39-year-old librarian says characters in books mentor children and teens in many …

  • In your words

    In an e-mail survey, Spokesman-Review adult readers were asked how their reading habits as children changed or expanded the rest of their lives. Here are some responses. ‘My paternal grandparents …

  • Gary Brown, 59, Deer Park

    His childhood: He was raised in the Chicago area. His father, an industrial engineer, traveled extensively and was rarely home. Brown was the oldest of three, and the only boy …

  • Bernadette Haddleton, 70, Post Falls

    Her childhood: She grew up in upstate New York. “My mother was bipolar and she was an angry bipolar. The main feeling in our home was fear. We were threatened …

  • Reading facts

    Students who reported having four types of reading materials (books, magazines, newspapers, encyclopedias) in their home scored, on average, higher than those who reported having fewer reading materials. Children whose …

  • Alternative programs make connections with students that keep them coming back

    The principal’s office at Havermale High School is more like a lounge, with a open door and rare moments of solitude. It isn’t trouble that brings students to Principal Fred …

  • Our Kids calendar

    Our Kids: Our Business events this week. Find the full list at spokesman.com/ourkids. Monday

  • Mentoring forms a ritual of caring

    Stripped of work and school routines, Sunday afternoons can stretch long and lonely. In the kitchen at Sherry Barrett’s house, however, Sundays are filled with the future. It’s a bright …

  • Reaching across class lines doesn’t have to be a barrier for potential mentors

    Donna Beegle grew up in a migrant worker family. She married at 15, had two children and at 25 was divorced, lacking both education and job skills. But with the …

  • Mayors’ stories: Sandi Bloem, Coeur d’Alene

    Sandi Bloem, 66, is mayor of Coeur d’Alene and a small-business owner.

  • Mayors’ stories: Mary Verner, Spokane

    Mary Verner, 52, is mayor of Spokane.

  • Mayors’ stories: Dan Mork, Millwood

    Dan Mork, 52, is mayor of Millwood and manager of the pollen production department for Hollister-Stier Laboratories in Spokane.

  • Nurturing youth can be as simple as mentoring one child

    Today is the official kickoff for Our Kids: Our Business, a unique community and media response to the needs of Inland Northwest children, especially those neglected and abused. The project …

  • Why mentoring matters: Local experts weigh in

    ‘In a previous life, I was a teacher and counselor and worked with kids in sports and scouting. My wife and I also opened our homes to kids who needed …

  • Why mentoring matters: What experts say

    ‘I work with high-risk children who often live in environments where adults don’t fully support their children’s education. Parents many times have unfair expectations of what children should be doing …

  • Day cares aiming for STARs

    Eight North Idaho child-care providers are participating in a pilot project to establish a five-star rating system similar to scales for rating hotels, movies and restaurants. IdahoSTARS – State Training …

  • Spokane advocates HAVE A Case of tax-levy envy

    Tax levies in San Francisco, Seattle and Portland have been eyed longingly for years by social service providers and educators in Spokane as a way to provide quality programs for …

  • Rallying the community to shine light on child abuse

    When Debra Park asked to focus her church’s fledgling peace group around child abuse, she wasn’t minimizing the war in Iraq or downplaying anti-immigration riots, she was emphasizing one of …



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