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Bryan students gathering phones as fund-raiser

The two fourth-grade classes at Bryan Elementary School are planning to go to Boise sometime after Christmas, while the Legislature is still in session.

Fourth-grade curriculum includes Idaho history and government, and the trip is designed to complement their studies. Teachers Michelle Faucher-Sharples and Nicole Symons, along with librarian Jennifer Lavigne, plan to accompany the 60 Bryan students on their educational journey.

They are raising money for the trip by collecting old cell phones, which will be recycled by EcoPhones. EcoPhones pays up to $200 for used cell phones, working or not. The firm works with more than 10,000 educational, civic and religious organizations throughout the United States, in an attempt to help them raise funds and to recycle cell phones. EcoPhones also pays $1 for used ink jet cartridges.

The group hopes to spend a couple of nights in Boise, so they can tour the Capitol. They are also corresponding with some of the lawmakers, establishing relationships ahead of time, in hopes of meeting some of them.

Call the school at 664-3237 if you would like to donate a cell phone.

Bryan Elementary to turn 100

Bryan Elementary is hitting a major milestone this year – it will turn 100 years old. There will be a celebration on the 100th school day of this year. Organizers also are planning an alumni reunion at the end of the school year. Contact the school at 664-3237 if you would like to participate or volunteer in the reunion.

Employees, students still outstanding

Two weeks ago it was reported that Numerica Credit Union’s “Outstanding School Employee of the Month” program had been renamed the “First Class School Champion Award.” Actually, the “Outstanding School Employee of the Month” program lives on as it did the past several years.

Parker Toyota and Horace Mann Insurance will move forward as sponsors of the original program. Students in the Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls and Lakeland School districts can nominate a teacher or school employee who has encouraged or inspired them by visiting www.parkertoyota.com and clicking on the link to Lucky, the Labrador mascot, to get the nomination form. The winning employee will be rewarded with a trophy and gifts, and the nominating student receives $20 and a visit with Lucky.

In addition, Schull’s Cycling and Fitness is teaming this year with Horace Mann and Parker Toyota for the new PASS program, which stands for Perfect Attendance Spells Success.

Fifth-grade students in the Coeur d’Alene and Post Falls school districts and sixth-graders in the Lakeland district who have perfect attendance this school year will get a new bike and helmet at the end of the school year.

It’s ISATS time

It’s time for Idaho Standards Achievement Tests. The tests are designed to help Idaho students stay on course and achieve at a higher level, while helping to improve the overall efficiency and effectiveness of public education.

Coeur d’Alene and Lakeland School districts will begin the testing Monday with the Post Falls School District beginning testing Monday. Testing will continue through Oct. 28. All schools will be participating. Be sure your kids get lots of sleep and eat a good breakfast.

Meet NIC athletes

Meet the North Idaho College athletes and coaches during a “Meet the Athletes” event Tuesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in NIC’s Christianson Gymnasium.

The athletes will sign autographs for children and families, and kids can get junior Cardinal T-shirts. This free event will include members of NIC’s men’s and women’s basketball, soccer, wrestling, softball, volleyball and cheerleading teams. For more information, call 769-3348.

Dare to Dream workshops

NIC’s Dare to Dream workshops continue with a workshop Tuesday at the Silver Valley Center, 323 Main St. in Kellogg from 2:30 to 4 p.m. and again from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Next Saturday the workshop will be offered at the University of Idaho Extension Office in Bonners Ferry from 10 a.m. to noon. The series will be at the NIC Sandpoint Center on Oct. 1 from 10 a.m. to noon.

The purpose of the workshops is to provide information on how to get started in college and will include tips on career choices, academics and admissions assistance, financial-aid information and referrals to community resources including child care. The workshops are free, but participants are encouraged to call in advance to reserve a seat. Call 666-8017 or (866) 362-4664 toll-free.

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