Tanya Conklin

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  • Guest Column:
    A Lesson in Respect

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    A few weeks ago, my daughter received a lecture about showing more respect at home. It was not the first lecture of its kind. In true preteen style, it was met with an eye roll and a bored, “I know, I know …” It was a frustrating moment. With as many times as we had […]

  • 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 […]

  • Guest Column:
    Gratitude

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    A Few Thoughts on Gratitude By Rev. Linda Bartholomew, Episcopal Church of the Resurrection One of my favorite contemporary theologians is Paul McCartney. Don’t you marvel at how being one of the Beatles was only the start of his career, and how he has had things to say not only about love and life, but […]

  • Guest Column:
    Generosity

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    “Unselfish giving and sharing of resources, time and talents with others.” Performance. Professionalism. Responsiveness. Service. These are the themes that emerged when our community was recently asked to describe the Spokane Valley Fire Department (SVFD). Our firefighters do indeed spend their days and nights preparing for and responding to emergencies to protect people, property and […]

  • 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 […]

  • 2016 PACE Awards

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    Over 380 guests gathered on May 24 at the Mirabeau Park Hotel and Convention Center to celebrate 49 outstanding students who personify the PACE character traits. Three local businesses were also recognized with PACE Partner “Best Practice” Awards for their efforts to support and promote good character in our community. Emcee, Robyn Nance of KXLY welcomed the attendees […]

  • Guest Column:
    Integrity

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    INTEGRITY Famous 1970s pop singer Jackson Brown once advised others to “live so that when your children think of caring, fairness and integrity, they think of you.” The definition of “integrity” is the “quality of being honest and having strong moral principles.” The origin of the word integrity is integrate.  People with integrity usually are […]

  • Guest Column:
    Courage

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    Courage is a much needed trait. If you want to be successful in life you need courage. As the former student president of Snowdon Elementary, I know this because I had to give my speech in front of over 400 students and give it my best – give it my all to succeed. And do […]