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.
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.
There is no substitute for the powerof passion and energy for making a difference in the human condition, whether the cause is local or global. When people give of themselves, they inspire others to do the same.
If our kids are going to be successful in life, we need an approach to education that inspires creativity, collaborative learning and engages kids differently than our schools have done in the past.
It's hard to believe that the Wenatchee Valley Senior Center is already 20 years old. Executive Director Dave Tosch tells me that there's going to be a celebration on Friday, 3 p.m. at the facility with dignitaries from both Wenatchee and East Wenatchee along with a color guard from the American Legion.
There's going to be quite a party at Pybus Public Market Wednesday evening when two short documentaries highlighting the achievements and influence of fruit industry giants Tom Mathison and Grady Auvil will be shown free to the public. Filmmakers Jamie Howell and Jeff Ostenson will be on hand to answer questions after the documentaries.