PACE is a grassroots Spokane Valley initiative that began in 2009 to promote the importance of good character through partnerships with schools, businesses, public agencies, residents, faith-based organizations and community service groups.
At the root of the initiative is a list of monthly character traits. Partners work from this common list, and promote and integrate each trait into the regular activities of the organization. PACE features a different character trait each month to be the focus of multi-faceted communication, motivation and educational programs throughout the entire month.
West Plains Chapter
In 2014, PACE expanded to the West Plains! The idea for a West Plains Chapter of PACE came to fruition in 2013 as a result of collaborative efforts between Cheney Public Schools, Medical Lake School District and the West Plains Chamber of Commerce.
“We are so excited to partner with our community as we highlight one character trait per month,” said Dr. Debra Clemens, superintendent of Cheney Public Schools. “We welcome the opportunity to recognize our students and to intentionally teach a specific character trait each month. It is our pleasure to expand the goals of PACE to the West Plains!”
Cheney and Medical Lake school district educators are already recognizing students for exemplifying the character trait of the month. For example, at Westwood Middle School, student Trinity Godfrey donated her hair to Locks of Love. She was recognized for exemplifying the character trait of CARING by Westwood Middle School Principal, Dr. Erika Burden.
A PACE Leadership Team formed in September 2009. A set of governing Bylaws (pdf – coming soon) has been drafted. The Team includes representatives from the following organizations:
Melanie Rose, Spokane Valley Fire Department, PACE President
Sue Shields, West Valley School District, PACE President-Elect
Rhett Barney, Lee & Hayes, PLLC
Tanya Conklin, Central Valley School District
Heidi Curnow, Numerica Credit Union
Jessica Deutsch, Communities in Schools (Cheney School District)
Brandie Evans, KiDDS Dental
Cheri Hollenback, Dishman Dodge Chrysler Ram Jeep
Todd Kiesbuy, Avista Corporation
Connie Kliewer, Tekoa School District
Tonette Lazanis, East Valley School District
Marla Nunberg, Central Valley School District
Erik Puthoff, STCU
Verne Reed, Central Valley School District
Ian Robertson, ChangePoint Northwest Center for Housing
Patrick Roewe, Spokane County Library District
Randy Russell, Freeman School District
Ben Small, Central Valley School District
Debbie Tully, Whitworth University
Wendy Van Orman, Quality Hardwood Floors
Character Trait of the Month