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‘Project Lift Up’ expands to provide mental health care kits to 13 area schools, but seeks an even bigger mission

The Project Lift Up initiative was launched in February 2022 and provides local schools with discreet gift boxes that can be distributed by school counselors, like Shenefelt, to students they identify as at-risk of depression, anxiety and other mental health problems. The COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on learners inspired the gift boxes, said Angella Southerly, founder of the nonprofit Light a Lamp that runs Project Lift Up. Now available in 13 schools, Southerly hopes to continue to expand the initiative while tailoring its mission to the needs of local schools.

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‘Is that a robot?’ Tower gardens growing in Spokane Public Schools teach STEM, practical skills

UPDATED: Sun., March 12, 2023

The goal is to develop an interest in plant life and water conservation in areas where it's difficult to maintain a traditional garden in Spokane, said Scott Kerwien, executive director of student success at the district. The tower gardens have the added benefit of pushing students to learn practical skills with their hands, rather than reading out of textbooks, and teachers at Yasuhara have employed the new teaching tool in different ways tailored to students based on their needs. 
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Central Valley provides notices to dozens of teachers their contracts may not be renewed amid 2023-2024 budget talks

The verbal notification is the start of a budget process that won't be finalized until after the state Legislature completes its work funding schools across the state later this spring, said district officials and the head of the union for Central Valley teachers. It's the second time in the past several years the district, which serves roughly 14,500 students, has notified some of its teachers on provisional contracts they may not be rehired due to financial constraints. 
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Spokane Public Schools switches bus provider for 2023-2024 school year

California-based Zum Services Inc. was awarded a new, five-year contract by the Spokane Public Schools Board of Directors on Wednesday night, worth $71.8 million. Zum, founded in 2014 and worth more than $1 billion, was selected over Durham School Services, which has been providing transportation services for the district since the 2008-2009 school year. The district has contracted with private companies to provide busing services since the mid-1970s.

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