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Mt. Spokane High School student awarded $20,000 Scholarship from H&R Block national challenge

 

Julia Preuss, a student at Mt. Spokane High School in Mead, Washington, has been awarded a $20,000 scholarship through the H&R Block Budget Challenge. The challenge is a teen financial literacy program that rewards high school students and classes for mastering real-world budgeting and personal finance decision-making. Julia is one of 66 winners nationwide. 
 

The learn-by-doing educational approach of the H&R Block Budget Challenge allows students to experience activities like paying bills, managing expenses, saving money, investing in retirement, paying taxes and more in the safety of a classroom. The program was created to help address the need for more financial education in the classroom. Only 7 percent of high school students are financially literate and fewer than 30 percent of adults report being offered financial education at school or college. 
 

Local snowboarder wins national "Bring A Friend" contest

Local snowboarder wins national "Bring A Friend" contest

 

Cindy Rust, a science teacher at Post Falls High School, has been named the 2015 Snow Sports Ambassador of the Year by the organizers of the Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month/Bring a Friend initiative. Rust is an avid snowboarder, and the first runner up in last year's competition.

 

This season, Rust brought 27 students from the Post Falls Ski and Snowboard Club for beginner lessons. The students traveled to either to Schweitzer Mountain in Idaho or Mt. Spokane in Washington throughout the season. Rust founded the club seven years ago with the help of the Colorado-based SOS Outreach, Mt. Spokane, and two other teachers. Since the club began, it has grown from 19 students to 83.

 

SCC offers new expanded evening program beginning spring quarter

SCC offers new expanded evening program beginning spring quarter

 

Spokane Community College announced an expansion to its evening class schedule to offer more ways for working professionals to advance their career or finish their degree. These classes will be offered between 5:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., so those with full-time jobs can earn credits that transfer to a four-year program or technical certificate at SCC.

 

“We know people are working during the day need to have a chance to get ahead with their education and training in the evening,” said SCC president Scott Morgan. “Our evening program provides the pathway to an AA degree and certificates in high wage fields like welding and machining.”

 

Riverpoint Academy students selected as finalists in World Series of Innovation, need online votes

Riverpoint Academy students selected as finalists in World Series of Innovation, need online votes

When their teacher asked them to enter Microsoft's Wold Series of Innovation back in November, a group of students at Riverpoint Academy never expected their project would be selected as a finalist out of the 1200 total submissions.

 

Now in the top three of their category, these students need online votes to win $2500 for their school.

 

For their project, the students designed an app to assist in volunteerism. The app, named VolunteerMe, would give its users the ability to search for various volunteer opportunities near them, as well as the ability to sign up to volunteer for those opportunities within the app itself.

 

Finch Elementary celebrates completion of renovations with upcoming dedication and open house

Finch Elementary celebrates completion of renovations with upcoming dedication and open house

John A. Finch Elementary will hold a dedication ceremony for its newly renovated building on Wednesday, January 21, at 8:00 a.m. An open house will be held the following Saturday, January 24, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Members of the community are welcome to attend both events.

 

Finch re-opened its doors to students January 5th. The $22.5 million renovation began during the summer of 2013. The school, which is located in northwest Spokane on the northeastern corner of Audubon Park, was officially registered on the National Historic Register on January 8, 2014.