Tanya Conklin

Author Archives

  • Guest Column:
    Gratitude

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    I like smiles, and I even like smiling. But the truth is, I often don’t feel like smiling. Stress often squashes the smile. I can’t count the number of times I’ve heard a superstar athlete say, “I’m just so blessed, I’m so thankful for everything.” And to be honest, I respond with some skepticism, “I’d […]

  • August Good Character Reading!

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    Spokane County Library Suggests the following for August – Gratitude! “A Ball for Daisy” by Chris Raschka “All of Me!” a book of thanks by Molly Bang “Baby” by Patricia MacLachlan “Big Red Lollipop” by Khan Rukhsana “Farmer John’s Tractor” by Sally Sutton, “Franklin’s Thanksgiving” by Paulette Bourgeois “Fritz and the Beautiful Horses” by Jan […]

  • July Good Character Reading!

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    Spokane County Library Suggests the following for July – Generosity! “A Mango in the Hand” by Antonio Sacre “Generosity” by Cynthia Klingel “Hallelujah Flight” by Phil Bildner “If You Give a Cat a Cupcake” by Laura Numeroff “Ivy Loves to Give” by Freya Blackwood “Joseph and the Sabbath Fish” by Eric Kimmel “Mine!” By Shutta […]

  • Guest Column:
    Integrity

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    As an airman in the Air Force I learned very quickly about integrity.  It is one of the Air Force’s core values.  “Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence in All We Do!”  It isn’t a slogan, it is an expectation.  This obviously stuck with me after 22 years serving as an airman.  Not because […]

  • 2017 PACE Awards

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    Over 380 guests gathered on May 25 at the Mirabeau Park Hotel and Convention Center to celebrate 50 outstanding students who personify the PACE character traits. Emcee, Robyn Nance of KXLY welcomed the attendees who filled the room to honor students from Freeman, Spokane Valley and Tekoa-area schools who exemplify the PACE character traits of Fairness, Honesty, Diligence, Trustworthiness, […]

  • June Good Character Reading!

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    Spokane County Library Suggests the following for June – Integrity! Picture books: “A Bargain for Frances” by Russell Hoban “Chrysanthemum” by Kevin Henkes “Davy, Soccer Star!” By Brigitte Weninger “Doctor De Soto” by William Steig “Enemy Pie” by Derek Munson “Fish is Fish” by Leo Lionni “Horace and Morris but Mostly Dolores” by James Howe […]

  • Guest Column:
    Courage

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    I have been in the firefighting profession for 24 years. Currently, I am proud to serve at Station 3 in Liberty Lake with the Spokane Valley Fire Department. During my career people often comment on the courage it takes to be a firefighter. It is true that often firefighters exhibit tremendous acts of courage when […]

  • PACE Partner of the Month:
    Communities in Schools

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    The PACE leadership team would like recognize Communities in Schools as the Partner of the Month for April. Communities In Schools of Spokane County (CISSC) is part of the the nation’s leading dropout prevention organization, working in public schools to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in […]