I struck up a conversation recently with a tall, young man wearing a Central Washington University sweatshirt, called Central Washington State College when I graduated there in 1966. I called out, “Go Wildcats!” to him to break the ice and find out if we were both Central alums.
Advised by her doctor to seek a drier climate, a frail Amanda Martin came from humid Missouri to Leavenworth in 1897 with her husband Andrew and their two daughters. The sunny weather and beautiful scenery cheered her up, and she soon recovered her health. Amanda, or “Mandy,” established the first millinery and dress shop in Leavenworth.
A friend who is a public school skeptic told me recently that he believed school initiatives in North Central Washington focused on making learning personal for kids, using technology effectively and connecting with the community amounted to little more than talk.
Recently I got to catch up with former Washington Apple Education Foundation (WAEF) scholarship recipient Guillermo Espinosa over coffee at Anjou Bakery. Guillermo was in the area on business for Gonzaga University. Does it make me sound old to say that I was surprised at how grown-up he now seems?
One of the most intriguing conferences around here is the North Central Washington Success Summit, which this week will bring together more than 150 individuals to celebrate efforts that are working to make our communities succeed. The summit will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at Okanogan Middle School and the theme is "Okanogan — Small Town, Strong Community."
Rarely do I take photographs that I'm worried won't be printed very well on our wonderful presses but earlier this week I made a picture under stage lights that I enjoy on my computer screen but when I change it over to colors that our presses use, it turns out very flat.
During the last few years, the veteran population at Wenatchee Valley College has increased rapidly as veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have returned to seek opportunities in their communities. In recognition of that growth, the WVC Veteran Office has expanded to include a full-time veteran coordinator, a Washington Department of Veterans Affairs VetCorps volunteer representative, the Veteran Study Lounge and computer lab as a place for student veterans to study and connect, a student veterans’ club and a weekly study group. The WVC Foundation also provided $40,000 ...
More and more often I hear, “My son is a good reader, but he doesn’t enjoy reading,” or “I can’t get her to pick up a book and read for pleasure.” If reading is a struggle, students are less likely to willingly read. But what are some things we can do to foster a love of reading? The following are for young readers – get an early start so that reading becomes a habit.