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St. Rose School Auction Shatters Record

St. Rose School Auction Shatters Record

St. Rose of Lima Catholic School in Ephrata shattered its record for money raised at the 28th Annual Benefit Auction Saturday night.

I was honored to serve as the Master of Ceremonies. And having attended St. Rose from kindergarten through sixth grade, I was humbled by the amount of money raised for my old school.

St. Rose grossed $164,900 from the auction, which is roughly $70,000 more than it had ever grossed before.

The live auction raised over $100,000 alone. Another $31,500 was raised for Father Kerr's scholarship fund.

Schools across the nation to celebrate a month of walking to school

Schools across the nation to celebrate a month of walking to school

The weather is quickly cooling off from summer, so why not walk to school? Bundling up is as fun as a barrel of monkeys and creates character, right? Plus, when kids are older, they can literally say: “Back in my day, I walked to school up hill both ways and in the snow.”

October is International Walk to School Month which means participating schools and organizations will bring awareness to community issues like physical activity, clean air, pedestrian safety and family connections.

The group behind Walk to School Month started in 1997 as a way to bring together community leaders and kids to build awareness of walkable communities.

Grant County Students Encouraged To Walk To School

Parents in Grant County are encouraged to walk or bike with their children school in October. 

The effort is to promote physical activity among students, and reduce traffic congestion near schools.

Grant Elementary in Ephrata will celebrate Walk to Schoold day on October 5th.  The walk will begin at Ephrata Middle School at 7 a.m.

On October 20th, all three Quincy Elementary Schools will celebrate Walk to School day starting at 7:30 a.m.  

Mountain View will start the walk from the corner of 3rd and B Street NE.  Pioneer will walk from the corner of 1st and J Street SW.  Monument will start a few blocks away at the corner of 7th and J Street SW.

Back to School for Local Area Students

Back to School for Local Area Students

This year's Back-to-School is starting with two four-day school weeks for Grand Coulee Dam students.

It was back to school for more than 650 students at Grand Coulee Dam schools Tuesday.

School Testing In Washington State

School Testing In Washington State

Test results show Washington high school students do well in reading and writing on statewide tests but fall short in science.

Of this year's tenth graders, only about half are passing the science assessment.

81 percent passed the reading test on their first try and nearly 84 percent passed the writing test.

Results from math tests will be released in August.

The high school proficiency exam is one of four state requirements for graduation.

A Week in Washington D.C.

A Week in Washington D.C.

Barb Franz was one of two teachers from Washington State to be honored in Washington D.C. by President Barack Obama for their work in math and science. She's an kindergarten teacher at North Elementary in Moses Lake. We featured her earlier this month when she first learned of her award. It had been a long nomination process for her. Subtraction was the focus of her portfolio when she was nominated for the award in 2010.

"Washington potato group pushes for school vegetable bars"

What's not to love about a plate full of delicious vegetables? Apparently, kids don't like them. The Washington State Potato Commission is trying to change that by introducing a "vegetable bar" to ten schools in Washington State. I'm imagining warm and mushy carrots, french-cut green beans and soggy broccoli. Say it isn't so.

The commission has submitted to the Washington State Department of Agriculture an application for a U.S. Department of Agriculture Specialty Crops Block Grant for putting hot vegetable bars in school cafeterias.