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.
Schools of Character
In 2017, a PACE Schools of Character initiative was launched, with the first school Windsor Elementary in Cheney as the first recipient of this honor. In 2019, three schools received this distinction:
- University High School, Central Valley School District
- Centennial Middle School, West Valley School District
- Otis Orchards Elementary School, East Valley School District
A PACE Leadership Team formed in September 2009. The Team includes representatives from the following organizations:
Verne Reed, Community Member, PACE President
Rhett Barney, Lee & Hayes, PLLC
Frank Brou, East Valley School District
Tanya Conklin, Central Valley School District
Brandie Evans, KiDDS Dental
Kelley Hinrichs, Communities in Schools (Cheney School District)
Cheri Hollenback, Dishman Dodge Chrysler Ram Jeep
Melanie Rose, Avista Corporation
Connie Kliewer, ESD 101
Marla Nunberg, Central Valley School District
Ian Robertson, ChangePoint Northwest Center for Housing
Patrick Roewe, Spokane County Library District
Randy Russell, Freeman School District
Sue Shields, West Valley School District
Ben Small, Central Valley School District
Jennifer Stewart, STCU
Debbie Tully, Whitworth University
Wendy Van Orman, Quality Hardwood Floors
Character Trait of the Month