WARREN, Mich. – Wearing a lab coat, Eve Vitale asked a chemistry class at Warren Mott High School if anyone had heard anything bad about plastics. Hands shot up. It doesn’t degrade, said one student. It hurts the environment, said another.
This year’s Valentine’s Day coloring contest conveyed much tender love and care from area youth, with The Spokesman-Review receiving 78 entries. Three winners were chosen in each age group. And, as can be expected, the judges had their hearts stolen; it wasn’t easy picking.
Q. How do I manage screen time for kids? Both of my sons, ages 12 and 9, LOVE (read: are addicted to) screens. My older child often connects with his friends by playing games online. I encourage him to go for bike rides, see movies or do anything in person, but he says his friends are either unavailable, too far away or prefer to play online. As a result, I’ve let him have more screen time than I probably should.
Spokane County Fire District 4 has been hosting gatherings for local veterans and first responders since November, bringing together people interested in getting to know others with similar backgrounds over coffee or pizza.
Q: How can I get more invigorated about parenting in the home stretch? I love my kids and have always engineered my life and full-time work around them. Last night, I was pondering why I feel so much less engaged and had to be honest with myself that after doing this for 31 years, with eight left to go, I am so ready to live on an island with some turtles. I know that’s not fair to my baby girl, who is 10. Please give me some perspective.
With 100 years of Spokane history, a statewide nonprofit that shifted away from mainly adoptions to child and family services has a new name: Akin. Founded in 1896, it was first Washington Children's Home Finding Society and then Children's Home Society of Washington. Known here for 70 years at the Galland Hall on the South Hill, the region's branch moved in 2004 to the Galland-Ashlock Family Resource Center in Spokane Valley. The Akin name nods to kin or kinship care among families and emerges from a Jan. 1 merger with the Seattle-area Childhaven, an early 1900s agency that first helped single parents with daycare until it transitioned to childhood well-being programs. In Spokane, modern Akin services include child and family counseling, early learning and developmental support for infants to preschoolers, parent education and other family programs.
In the late 1990s, Arthur the aardvark told us “Having fun isn’t hard, when you’ve got a library card.” Turns out that’s still true, thanks to events like Spokane Public Library’s Library Learning Week, which kicks off today.