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Education Notebook: Vote for education grants for local schools

Five local schools have been chosen as finalists for Inspirus Credit Union’s You Inspirus Education Grant.

Hamblen Elementary School’s “Put Books in the Hands of Kids” would give students who cannot afford to buy a book from the school’s book fair the chance to buy one.

The Community School’s “Cosplay Wellness 101” is a wellness/elective offered to students to encourage creative thinking, STEM experiences and fabrication skills. The grant would provide the raw supplies needed for this course.

With the grant, Roosevelt Elementary School would add eight raised beds, dirt and weed barrier fabric to the “Roosevelt Bruin’s School Garden.” The vegetables grown in the garden would be used in the cafeteria.

The grant would help West Valley School District build lemonade stands so students could participate in “National Lemonade Day” on May 17, 2017.

Westview Elementary School would use the grant to bring the Songwriting Through Youth Literature Education program to its school. STYLE is a group of musicians who teach students by helping them evaluate a piece of literature then write and perform a song inspired by the literature.

These schools were chosen by the Inspirus committee based on positive impact, practicality, creativeness and innovation. Voting closes Friday. To vote, visit Inspirus Credit Union on Facebook.


Comedian Mike Williams will return as the keynote speaker for IMPACT NWC 2016, Northwest Christian Schools’ fundraising dessert banquet, Saturday.

In his book, “Awaken the Mighty Men,” Williams writes about wanting to motivate men not just to awareness, but to involvement.

IMPACT NWC 2016 will be held at 7 p.m. in the Integra Telecom Ballroom at the Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. The event is free, but reservations are required. Online registration is available at For more information about the event, call Jana Baldwin at (509) 238-4005, ext. 146, or email


Catheleen Schlotter, intervention and re-engagement specialist and assistant principal at Snowdon Elementary School, received the Washington State School Social Worker of the Year award at a recent Washington State School Social Workers conference in Seattle.

Schlotter previously served as a counselor for the Cheney School District.

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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