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The Spokane Valley Fire Department awarded Elisha Erickson an Outstanding Citizen Award for helping one of her students when it was needed the most. On Nov. 12, a man dropped off an 8-year-old girl and a 4-year-old boy at Fire Station 8 and said someone had left them with him and he couldn’t care for them. The staff didn’t have much information, but the girl told them a few things that could help.
If you drive by East Farms Elementary School today in Newman Lake and see 300 men, women and children wielding paintbrushes, feel free to jump in and help. Organizers will be delighted.
Ballots for the East Valley School District’s construction bond will be in the mail Friday. The district is asking voters to approve $33.75 million in local tax dollars to make improvements on its aging buildings. This is the fourth construction bond voters have seen since March 2008, when the district asked voters to approve a $33 million bond. The bond required 60 percent approval to pass and only received 55 percent. In May that year, the district ran it again and received 57 percent. In February 2009, they tried it again, tweaking the request a little, and only 52 percent of the voters approved.
Call it corn shucking or corn husking, the group of eager fifth-graders at East Farms Elementary needed only 10 minutes to make 100 ears of fresh corn bare and prepped for cooking. The corn had been picked from a local farm the night before, delivered that morning and would be on students’ lunch trays the next day. It’s all part of the East Valley School District’s drive to move away from pre-packaged foods and toward more fresh produce, said food services director Georjean Kuntz.