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Monday, January 20, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Education notebook: Northwood earns building design award

Northwood Middle School of Mead School District was recently featured in the fall edition of Learning By Design magazine as the recipient of the Outstanding Project Award for the new construction/addition category.

The magazine highlights the building’s design solutions for MSD’s team-teaching approach to social studies, math, language arts and science, creating close proximity between educators who need to connect and share resources. The article also mentions the site’s innovations in allowing access to the existing middle and elementary schools during construction.

STEAM fundraiser nets $40K

Spokane Public Schools’ recent STEAM Powered fundraiser raised $40,000. The fundraiser featured displays of 19 student exhibits that showcased science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics projects. The event also featured SPS’ first live auction.

EVMS student plays for cause

East Valley Middle School seventh-grader Daimon Duran recently participated in the “Country for a Cause” fundraiser featuring music from Last Chance Band, Jesse Quandt and Joey Anderson. Duran was invited on stage by the performers to accompany them in a song on guitar.

The event was held at the Knitting Factory and benefited local nonprofit Newby Ginnings, which provides household items and basic necessities to veterans and active military families.

Fundraiser for students in need

Freeman School District has opened its InvestED fundraiser for this school year, which helps provide funding to students in need of financial support to participate in extracurricular activities, register for exams, such as AP and SAT testing, and purchase basic school supplies.

For a limited time, all donations up to $500 will be matched. All donations go directly to the fund.

In 2019, the InvestED fund provided 24 Freeman students with over $1,000 to cover school expenses.

Donations can be made to both Freeman High School and Middle School at An option to donate to specific schools is available in the online donation form.

Liberty winter concerts near

Liberty School District has announced upcoming winter concerts. The district’s Jazz Christmas Concert is 4 p.m., Sunday, at Fairfied Community Center, 304 E. Main St., Fairfield. The K-4 concert is 6 p.m., Dec. 19 at the Liberty High School Gymnasium.

The Education Notebook appears every Thursday in the Voice. If you have news about your school, students or staff, please let us know so we can help spread the word. Submissions can be emailed to Rachel Baker at or mail to her, with attention to Education Notebook, P.O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210. Items also can be emailed to

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