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Spokane students celebrate the arts at annual festival

Monday was a day for the arts for Spokane Public Schools high school students.

The annual Festival of the Arts included the options for visual and performing arts.

The All-City Honor Band rehearsed under the direction of North Idaho College band director Terry Jones at Ferris High School; the All-City Honor Choir spent their day rehearsing at North Central, under the direction of Charles Zimmerman, the Spokane Falls Community College choir director; and the All-City Honor Orchestra was under the direction of Washington State University cello instructor Ruth Boden, rehearsing at Shadle Park.

Theater students learned scenes from Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” from Seattle Shakespeare Company actors at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox. Art students worked with local artist Dan Spalding at the Kress Gallery at River Park Square.

Elsewhere, photography students met at Spokane Falls Community College to work with Spokesman-Review photographer Colin Mulvany.

On Monday evening, a Festival of the Arts concert was held at the INB Performing Arts Center, featuring the honor band, orchestra and choir, along with scenes from “Romeo and Juliet.”

Artwork produced by the visual art and photography students at their clinics will be displayed at the Fox Theater during the Spokane Symphony’s Classics concerts Feb. 28 and March 1. The symphony will honor educators during the March 1 concert.

Cheney schools honored

The Cheney School District recently was honored by the American Heart Association with the Fit-Friendly Worksite Gold Achievement Award for promoting health and wellness activities for the district’s employees. The award was presented to board member Suzanne Dolle at at a Snowdon Elementary assembly.

According to a news release from the school district, staff members participate in monthly themes – such as Hydration, Heart Health and Brain Boost – to encourage healthy choices for students, staff and community. The staff also promotes regular exercise, eating nutritious meals and keeping stress-free.

To submit news about your school, students and staff to the Education Notebook, send the details to or call (509) 459-5434.
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