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Education Notebook: Books earn Nook for Rogers’ Cook

Brice Cook, a student at Rogers High School, can read in style – and color – on his new Nook Color after he was awarded the top prize in Rogers Reading Incentive Program.

The program was launched at the beginning of the school year to motivate and increase the number of students reading and to curb student dropout rates. Celebrations each quarter honor students who have met their individual reading goals, and top readers receive prizes.

Nationally acclaimed local author Jess Walter attended the last celebration.

Spokane schools budget forums

Spokane Public Schools will hold two budget forums to receive community input as staff members continue to develop a budget that will reflect $9 million to $12 million in reductions.

The district invites residents to Chase Middle School, 4747 E. 37th Ave., on Monday or Glover Middle School, 2404 W. Longfellow Ave., on Tuesday at 7 p.m. to share comments and voice concerns.

Students exhibit love of history

Students from Mt. Spokane High School were recognized for their love of history at the state competition for National History Day in Bellevue. Fourteen students represented Mt. Spokane.

According to a press release from the school, Kylie Heintzelman received a special award from for her paper on the constitutional challenges to the Japanese internment through the Supreme Court opinion concerning Hirabayashi v. United States.

Jayme Peterson was a state finalist for her individual exhibit chronicling the Civil Rights challenges presented by Rubin “Hurricane” Carter.

Richelle McDermott was awarded first place in individual performance for her performance concerning the fight for women’s suffrage. McDermott will represent her school at the National History Day competition in Washington, D.C., June 12-16.

Cheney team competes nationally

The Cheney High School Family, Career and Community Leaders of America Life Smarts Team finished fifth in the national competition in Hollywood earlier this month and received a number of other awards including a $200 savings bond and a $50 Target gift card.

The Cheney team consisting of Jacob Mager, Nash Springberry, James Borchers, David Leong and Solomon Springberry competed against 32 other teams. The students are eligible for a paid internship with the National Consumers League in Washington, D.C., this summer.

LifeSmarts is an educational program of the National Consumers League that develops the consumer and marketplace skills of teens and rewards them for the knowledge they demonstrate. For the national competition students had to take a written test in the area of their expertise, participate in team problem solving and compete in buzzer matches.

Dance team to showcase work

The Mt. Spokane High School dance team will perform a spring showcase June 2 at the school, beginning at 7 p.m.

The show will include all of the routines from the 2010-2011 dance season, along with a guest performance from Spokane Elite dance studio and talent shows.

Cost is $5 per person.

She’s outstanding on patrol

Jessica Gennett, a sixth-grader at Cooper Elementary in Spokane, has been inducted into the 2011 AAA School Safety Patrol Hall of Fame for her outstanding dedication to the safety of her classmates.

In a press release from AAA, Gennett was described as being very aware of what’s going on around her while on patrol duty and able to perceive what might happen. The release went on to say that she is respectful, courteous, kind and always ready and willing to assist anyone in need.

Gennett was one of 10 students, chosen from thousands of entrants. The 10 students were honored at a pregame ceremony at Safeco Field on May 6. Each student received a plaque and a $50 gift card.

Rainey Coffin can be reached at (509) 927-2166 or raineyc@spokesman.c om.