Thursday, October 31, 2013
The Feats of Strength fundraiser sponsored by Pioneer Middle School Leadership Class students and their teacher, Chris Plucker, brought in $10,000 without sales, according to an item in the Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review online newsletter.
They spoke to school board members on Oct. 15 about 16 events they developed, organized and staffed, including basketball, a dunk tank, slip ’n’ slide and others. Students earned the funds by getting pledges for participating in the fun competitions.
Students improved their leadership skills, took ownership in the event and learned how to work better with their classmates, Chris reported. Pioneer teachers Anne Schulz, sixth grade, Donna Morris, seventh grade, and Dennis Bennett, eighth grade, will keep the school-wide grade level trophies in their classrooms this year since their classes raised the most funds.
There has been steady decline in students prepared for kindergarten, according to Sharpstein Elementary Title I Specialist Donna Austin, who talked about the trend and a solution with the Walla Walla School Board recently. She was joined by Sharpstein Principal Matt Bona and kindergarten teacher Terry Morgan.
Donna sought out the Ready for Kindergarten program being used throughout the Kennewick School District and now in place at Sharpstein.
For the 2013-14 school year, 38 families are participating in the program. Some of the families have a 4-year-old child who will enroll next year and others have a current kindergartener, reported the Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review online newsletter.
Participants meet three times per year for two hours to develop skills for working with their child. They learn games and a better understanding of what is expected to be successful. Families receive a kit at each training session that features games, puzzles, books and other items.
“Our goal is to teach children learning is fun. We want them to feel comfortable coming to kindergarten,” Terry said.
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