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Combined effort

Elementary education students from Cherie Major’s University of Idaho class teamed with Post Falls Middle School seventh-graders for a lesson in economics and humanity on Sept. 6. Donna Pettoello’s social studies classes and the college students created colorful bookmarks, which will be sold for $1 to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina.

The project was also an experiment to see which worked better – assembly-line work or individual effort. The students were given background on assembly lines, discussing Henry Ford and Eli Whitney. The educators were also teaching the students quality control and discussing issues regarding children working in sweatshops. Pettoello said that her students talked about how fortunate they are compared to other kids, especially in light of the disaster, with one even remarking “We’re spoiled.”

UI students Susanne Reimann and Amanda Knapp formed an assembly line with seventh-graders John Merriman and Josh Suthard. Merriman used pinking shears to create serrated edges on their bookmarks. He passed them on to Reimann, who wrote “Kids for Katrina” on them and then passed them to Knapp who applied bright stickers. Finally, Suthard punched holes in the top and attached a ribbon.

By contrast, Jeff Sharon, 12, was working alone, drawing the Red Cross logo on the top of his bookmarks, writing “Kids for Katrina” on them, and then drawing the Volcom surfing logo on the bottom.

As the class period wound up, it turned out that the individuals were faster than the assembly line. However in the previous class period the assembly line was more efficient. In the previous class, the assembly line consisted of only the seventh-graders, whereas in this class, the UI students teamed with them. Middle school student Nick Berger thought the assembly line was just “too fast.”

Major’s students will be taking part in activities at Post Falls Middle School throughout the fall semester as part of their practicum, and a precursor to their student teaching.

At the end of the day, they had manufactured several baskets full of the bookmarks, all in the name of UI and PFMS seventh-graders. They will be selling them at various retail outlets, and the money will be sent to the Red Cross.

Cook-off benefits United Way

Friday is the 13th annual Chili Cook-Off at North Idaho Collegeto benefit the United Way.

For the recommended $5 admission contribution, you can enjoy a wide variety of chili recipes created by NIC staff, who form themed teams often dressed in outrageous costumes.

Vote for your favorite chili team, and bid on some great silent auction items. The event is from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. in the Edminster Student Union Building.

LCHS troupe stages comedy

Tickets are on sale now for Lake City High School’s Troupe de Wolfe’s opening production, “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940.”

The mystery is set in New York, where 10 theater types gather to audition for a new Broadway musical, when a blizzard traps them in a luxurious mansion. With a killer on the loose in the house, accusing fingers point in all directions in this “drop-dead” comedy.

“It’s just a fun, fun, twisted plot,” said director Sandy Seaton, LCHS’ drama and speech teacher. “It’s a murder mystery, but it’s not what you think it is, because there’s no butler.”

The show opens Thursday, and runs through Oct. 15 and then again Oct. 20 through 22. Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for students and seniors, and $3 with a LCHS ASB card. Reservations can be made by called Sandra Seaton at LCHS, 769-0769, between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Showtime is 7 p.m.

Come to the CHS Craft Faire

Coeur d’Alene High School is having its 15th annual Craft Faire next weekend in the CHS gymnasium.

More than 100 artists from Washington, Idaho and Montana will be displaying their wares. There also will be a bake sale, raffle and gourmet soups and sandwiches.

The faire hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $1.

‘Hula’ raises big bucks

Approximately 550 people attended the EXCEL Foundation’s big event, “A Hula Happening.” At $35 a ticket, the sale of 950 raffle tickets at $1 each, the sales of fresh-flower leis brought in from Hawaii and other items, they raised more than $20,000. Sixty-five percent of the funds generated will go to grants for the 2006-07 school year.

In a what-goes-around-comes- around moment, Kim Johnston, the owner of Cold Stone Creamery, won the raffle prize – a $3,000 travel package and another $1,000 spending money. During the grand opening of Cold Stone, Johnston contributed half of the store’s proceeds to EXCEL.

EXCEL is a nonprofit organization that has been raising money for Coeur d’Alene School District 271 since 1987.

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