SPS: Still Learning

  • Golden birthday delivers dandy donations

    Posted by Community Relations staff on 5/28/2020

    camryn at 2nd harvest You only get one golden birthday. So Hamblen second grader Camryn Crawford had been super excited about turning 8 on May 8. When the family’s original party plans got derailed by COVID quarantining, Camryn’s mom Marnie came up with an exciting idea.

    “Camryn has always wanted to do a canned food drive and has been asking the past few months to organize one,” Marnie said. “I decided, why not have the best of both worlds and surprise her with a birthday parade and food drive?

    Then she could see her friends and feel their support for a cause that she has been dying to do. “

    The goal was simple: just to make some kind of positive impact, big or small.

    “We hoped to show Camryn that there is always a way to shine the light,” Marnie said. 

    Support came from friends, family, neighbors, and even the Ferris cheerleaders. Many brought food donations for Second Harvest Food Bank, but people also donated enough money for 500 meals. 

    “This is certainly a time where we can help each other,” Marnie said. “It is amazing to see the excitement and joy that has been brought to Camryn, our family, friends, and those that need it!”

     camryn with food donations   donating food

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  • Linwood’s Sweet Surprise

    Posted by Community Relations staff on 5/27/2020

    cinnamon rolls Kids who get breakfast and lunch from the Linwood mobile meals route got a sweet treat with their meal packs last week, courtesy of the school's Nutrition Services team. Lori Hoffman and the Linwood Lions Lunch Team made 100 old fashioned cinnamon rolls to show the students how much they miss seeing their faces every day.

    I can smell the cinnamon goodness through the screen. Thank you, Lori and the Linwood Nutrition Services team, for the love you show your students!

    we miss you notes Linwood lunch lady

    Learn more about our meal distribution here.

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  • Spirit competition for a cause

    Posted by Community Relations staff on 5/26/2020

    Have you heard about the "Keep the Lights On" spirit competition? Some LC staff created a challenge to see which high school can raise the most money for people impacted by the economic crisis. Community members can donate in the name of their favorite high school (text LIGHTSON to 71777). The goal is to raise $50,000 for Spokane Neighborhood Action Partners, which will use the donations to help families who can't pay their energy bills.

    Learn more in this video.

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  • Life imitates art

    Posted by Community Relations staff on 5/19/2020

    Who needs a museum when you can recreate painting masterpieces in your own home? That’s what some SPS Visual Art teachers have been doing during the COVID quarantine. Check out the video below to see their versions of famous artwork from Frieda Kahlo, Pablo Picasso and Norman Rockwell using items the found in their homes.

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  • School goes to the dogs, cats & fish

    Posted by Community Relations staff on 5/18/2020

    Following their owners' lead, some pets have decided to keep learning during the COVID closure too. 

    Mrs. Hancock’s 6th grade class at Lincoln Heights sent in these pictures of their furry and scaly friends taking a crack at distance learning.

    fish learning  hamster learning   dog learning  

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  • Glover loves its teachers

    Posted by Community Relations staff on 5/8/2020

    It’s the crack of dawn on Thursday, May 7, and rather than catching a few extra Z’s in bed, the admin team from Glover Middle School was already hard at work. With love in their hearts and coffee in their hands, the team drove all over Spokane in the name of Teacher Appreciation Week.

    The administrators recently bought special yard signs to be displayed in front of all their teachers’ homes – 70 in all! – with the message: “We love the teacher who lives here.”

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  • Thank you, teachers!

    Posted by Community Relations staff on 5/6/2020

    thank you It's Teacher Appreciation Week, and we want to thank all the educators who help guide the learning and growth of the thousands of SPS students! We’re living through crazy times, and our teachers have stepped up to the challenge.

    Meanwhile, the staff at Salk MS turned the week on its head by sharing a special message with their students’ parents to thank them for keeping their children engaged in learning away from the classroom.

    thank you to parents


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  • How do you cope?

    Posted by Community Relations staff on 5/2/2020

    Spokane students are going through a lot right now, and might not know how to process all the feelings they’re experiencing during these tough times. 

    We asked some of our school counselors to share their advice for coping with the COVID closures.

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  • Then a hero comes along

    Posted by Community Relations staff on 5/1/2020

    lunch hero Today is School Lunch Hero Day!

    Our Nutrition Services staff has been incredibly heroic these last few weeks.

    We have 146 Nutrition Services team members serving 3,600 breakfasts and 3,600 lunches daily to children at 24 emergency meal sites and on 11 mobile meals routes. 

    The work they do and the compassion they show to our students is invaluable. They are making a difference in our students' lives and we are extremely proud of them. 

    Thank you, School Lunch Heroes!

    lunnch hero

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  • “You can do hard things”

    Posted by Community Relations staff on 4/28/2020

    Despite the school closure, LC’s video production teacher Joseph Comine is keeping busy by making short videos on his class YouTube page.

    His latest video featured a special guest, LC principal Marybeth Smith, who shared how she made it through a very difficult time in her life. Smith said there were two things she learned during that time that could resonate with students now.

    “The first thing is that you can do hard things for a really long time," she said. "And the other thing is people can’t help you if they don’t know your situation.”

    Smith also reminded students to reach out to their counselors if they find themselves struggling during the school closures.

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