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Monday, May 25, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Education notebook: Centennial Festival celebrates Franklin

Franklin Elementary School is turning 100 years old. The school will celebrate its birthday with a two-day Centennial Festival, beginning today.

Alumni will have the opportunity to catch up at a reception from 4 to 7 p.m. at the school today, where they will be entertained with a video of pictures, put to music, displaying the school through the years. The Tap Grandmas will also perform. The former students can be taken on a historical tour of the school, put on by 18 students who have been preparing for the festival for a number of weeks.

The celebration has been combined with the school’s annual Artwalk, themed “Stepping through the Years.” Approximately 400 Franklin students and staff have decorated old shoes and displayed them throughout the school.

The festival will continue Friday, beginning with a school parade at 10 a.m. Students from different classrooms will be dressing in costumes of different eras to celebrate the school and will be marching in the parade along with the Ferris High School band. Spokane Mayor Mary Verner will also make a guest appearance.

A barbecue lunch will follow the parade, and students will give another tour.

After the tour, students, staff, alumni and community members will have the opportunity to listen to alumnus Doug Clark, columnist from The Spokesman-Review, and Brian Schute, school speech and language pathologist and historian for the event, speak about the school. A musical program includes marimba, trumpet and violin pieces, a performance from the Franklin choir, and music and band teacher Teresa Sauther will sing “Over the Rainbow.”

As with all birthday parties, there will be cake, at 2:30 p.m.

The community is invited to celebrate Franklin’s 100 years. For information and to reserve a space in the barbecue luncheon, call (509) 354-2620.

Shadle DECA students on the job at Safeway

Members of the Shadle Park High School DECA chapter are “taking over” departments at the Shadle Center Safeway, at 2507 W. Wellesley Ave., today from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in an annual event designed to gain career understanding.

According to a press release from Spokane Public Schools, students will have the opportunity to work in at least at two departments, including floral, bakery, Jamba Juice, deli, checker and management.

The DECA marketing students will spend the morning sharpening their leadership development and social intelligence and learning business skills. Safeway and DECA encourage the community to visit the store and support the Shadle Park students.

The Safeway Corporation is a national DECA partner, sponsoring events and providing scholarships for students.

For more information, call Erin Ruehl at (509) 354-6787.

Rainey Coffin can be reached at (509) 927-2166 or via e-mail at

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