Tanya Conklin

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  • Guest Column:
    Respect

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    On my classroom door there’s a sign. It reads: “In my room I want you to feel empowered, connected, respected, valued, challenged and supported. How am I doing?” Early on I direct the kids’ attention to it, discuss it, and revisit it. But as time gets on, I let it be. I no longer want […]

  • Guest Column:
    Gratitude

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      Gratitude by Tracy Russell. “I just wanted to say a very special “thank you” to all the men, women, and families that have donated their money, time, food, clothing and other items to Union Gospel Mission. So, you know God truly watches over this place. His Spirit is so powerful here. I found out today […]

  • Guest Column:
    Generosity

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    Henry Taylor said, “He who gives what he would as readily throw away, gives without generosity, for the essence of generosity is in self-sacrifice.   “For it is in giving that we receive.” St Francis of Assisi wrote those words eons ago. But the concept is ageless. What does it mean to be generous? Generosity […]

  • 2018 PACE Awards

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    Over 380 guests gathered on May 24 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, […]

  • Guest Column:
    Integrity

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    “What a strange feeling, to be at odds with yourself over who you are and what kinds of decisions you should make…” Everyone grows up with a memory or two that shapes who they are. Those moments are pivotal points in every person’s life because they provide a basis for the values of that individual […]

  • Guest Column:
    Courage

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    I was once reminded that courage comes from the heart, and to never lose the heart to do what is right. As I pondered this, I realized that the heart has throughout the ages been associated with the place where feelings, one’s spirit, and confidence comes from. To have courage is to have the greatness […]