Paige Van Buren joined The Spokesman-Review in June of 2023 as a summer high school intern as part of the Teen Journalism Institute through a grant from Bank of America. She is a senior at Ridgeline High School in Liberty Lake.
There is no comfort zone when climbing Mount Adams, the second-highest peak in Washington. The area looks like an alien landscape, the hike is difficult and there’s no restrooms or running water. But reaching the top is beyond rewarding.
Tacked to the walls of Holmes Elementary School’s cafeteria Tuesday morning were posters of different biomes, drawings of animals in their habitats and paintings of the earth done on paper plates. At the lunch tables, students were performing science experiments, crafting, eating breakfast and socializing, all activities encouraged and enabled by Camp Imagine, a program run by Spokane Public Schools.