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Students take action to aid tsunami victims

Treva Lind Correspondent

A NUMBER OF SCHOOL CHILDREN are taking steps to help tsunami disaster victims. Two Spokane Valley schools that took action in recent days include East Farms Elementary and Greenacres Middle School. Teacher Donna Simon, at East Farms Elementary, said her fourth-graders researched the best approach to helping children in tsunami-affected countries. They also broke up tasks among themselves to get the job done within two weeks, such as giving speeches to other classes or making posters.

After starting Jan. 4, they gathered more than $380 within the first four days. The students’ goal is a total collection of $780 for Save the Children, the highest-rated charity they could find that targets relief to children.

“We had a class discussion about the tsunami,” said Simon. “I asked if the children thought we could do anything. They generated a lot of ideas. We researched it, and the children voted and decided for (a collection) to go to an organization that targeted children.”

“They wanted to be kids helping kids.”

She said about half the students volunteered to give speeches before other classrooms, while others created posters. Four children took the presentation to the principal and asked for daily amounts to be broadcast during morning announcements. Another student devised the goal of $780 by estimating that every student and staff member could give $2 each.

“I saw kids who don’t normally take on a leadership role or speak in front of others get excited, and they wanted to give speeches,” added Simon. “I got a lot of comments on how well-prepared they were, and they divided the tasks.”

At Greenacres Middle School, a big paper heart made up of tiny hearts now hangs in the cafeteria stage area, said Judy Mauro, an adviser. The smaller hearts represent all individual donations made by students, she said. They gathered a total of $454 in one week for the Red Cross to help victims of the tsunami.

CV, U-Hi place well in debate tourney

Debate team members at Central Valley High School attended the 72nd High School Debate Tournament at University of Puget Sound last weekend. Out of 37 schools, CV placed third in overall competition. University High School placed fourth.

CVHS announced individual team members who received recognition:

Conrad Malink – second place in Novice Expository Speaking

Julia Allen – Top point earner in the Student Congress Senate and second place in Senior Expository Speaking

Rusty Shellhorn – first place in Novice Editorial Commentary and second place in Novice Humorous Interpretation

Catrina Holden-Hatchie – first place in Senior Editorial Commentary

Chris Johnson – first place in Novice Impromptu and ninth speaker in Junior Policy Debate

Ben Brown – first speaker in Junior Policy Debate

Colleen Conzelman – first place with a perfect score in Novice Impromptu

Danielle Jones – second place in Novice Interpretive Reading

Ben Brown and Chris Johnson – thirrd place in Junior Varsity Policy Debate

Chris Koch and Rusty Shellhorn – fourth place in Novice Policy Debate

McDonald Elementary design recognized

The renovation of McDonald Elementary School has been recognized for Educational Design Excellence by “American School & University,” a leading industry publication.

“American School & University” publishes an annual Architectural Portfolio honoring excellence in architectural design for schools nationwide. A panel of judges reviews each submitted project and identifies those exhibiting outstanding concepts and program elements for their citation awards. McDonald Elementary is featured on page 275 of the annual Architectural Portfolio 2004 issue.

Originally built in 1956, McDonald Elementary was renovated during the 2002-03 school year at a total cost of $4.7 million. The renovation included extensive additions. A new gymnasium, stage, multipurpose room, four new classrooms and administrative space make up about 16,000 square feet of new space. Architects West Inc. designed the renovation.

Ronald McDonald Care Mobile at Trent

The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile will be at Trent Elementary in East Valley on Jan. 28 to offer medical exams and dental checkups.

The Care Mobile will operate from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in front of the school, 3303 N. Pines Road. The health services are for children and young people from newborns to age 21, regardless of ability to pay. The Care Mobile offers physical and sports checkups, immunizations, vision and hearing screenings, referrals to doctors, and dental screenings and cleanings by a dental hygienist.

People can drop in, but appointments are encouraged and can be made by calling 324-7291.