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Education Notes: Students hold fundraiser for burn victim

Mia Roberts, a student in teacher Amanda Workman’s class at Madison Elementary School, holds up a sign indicating the $99.58 her class raised in a change drive to benefit classmate Snezhana Dedkov.
Mia Roberts, a student in teacher Amanda Workman’s class at Madison Elementary School, holds up a sign indicating the $99.58 her class raised in a change drive to benefit classmate Snezhana Dedkov.

Students at Madison Elementary School showed how much they care for classmate Snezhana Dedkov by competing against one another to raise money for her.

In October, Snezhana was in an accident that left her severely burned, and she’s been at the burn unit at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, her parents by her side. Recently she was moved to Seattle’s Children’s Hospital.

To help Dedkov and her parents, her friends at Madison began a penny drive. The classrooms’ fun, friendly fundraising competition raised $1,141.29. A nearby Little Caesars donated pizzas to the winning class for a little extra motivation.

The Madison staff also has set up a fund at Spokane Teachers Credit Union. Donations can be made at any STCU branch.

LC DECA students holding food drive

Lewis and Clark High School DECA students will continue to spread goodwill through Friday with the Do Your Part @ Hart food drive.

The goal is 5,000 pounds of nonperishable food to be donated to local food banks. The bins are still needing to be filled. To make a contribution of canned food, dry cereal, soup, rice or pasta, stop by LC’s office, 541 W. Fourth Ave.

For more information, call (509) 354-6888.

34 teachers achieve board certification

Spokane Public Schools announced 34 new National Board Certified teachers. The teachers are among the 945 Washington teachers who achieved National Board Certification in 2011.

The newest board-certified teachers are: Jennifer Anderson, Linwood Elementary; Sheri Burrill, Roosevelt Elementary; Mary Davis, Sandra Westerman, Longfellow Elementary; Linda Delaney, Sacajawea Middle School; Laura Hamilton, Special Education; Robin Harrison, Rogers High School; Edward Hollingsworth, Whitman Elementary; DeLynn Hughes, Glover Middle School; Matthew Johnson, Norilee Kimball, Kimberly Lee, Elizabeth Pipkin, Kelly Stromberg, Marie Tamura, North Central High School; Douglas Joslyn, Kara Nelson, Sandra Rendle, Logan Elementary; Krista Juul, Balboa Elementary; John Keller, Mildred Landis, Michelle Wolfe, Sheridan Elementary; Bobbi Konshuk, Sara Reijonen, Aaron Wevers, The Community School; Paulla Lalley, Kris Wofford, Audubon Elementary; Derek Mullin, Patricia Standal, Stevens Elementary; Katie O’Connor, Ferris High School; LouAnn Reamer, Stacey Reser, Shadle Park High School; Brian Shute, Franklin Elementary; Catalina Svoboda, Ridgeview Elementary.

A press release from Spokane Public Schools said Washington ranked second nationwide in the number of new National Board Certified Teachers this year. Completion of the certification process signifies that teachers have developed and demonstrated the skills required of an accomplished education professional. National Board Certification is achieved through performance-based assessment and testing that takes one to three years to complete.

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

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