Guest Column: Courage

Courage – Displaying integrity despite obstacles and challenges.

By Spokane Valley Fire Department Fire Chief, Frank Soto Jr.

 

The fire service is an industry where firefighters are the first-line problem solvers in the communities they service….

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Good Character Reading!

Spokane County Library Suggests…
April Reading List

Trustworthiness:
Inspiring complete reliability and confidence in his/her truthfulness, integrity, and discretion

K-2
Clark the Shark Gets a Pet / Bruce Hale,…

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Guest Column: Trustworthiness

The words of Indira Gandhi ring often, and loudly, in my ears: “You can’t shake hands with a clenched fist.”

Amidst a time during which so much of what we may have once thought normal or predictable has been disrupted,…

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Character Moments for Families – March

Below are three easy ideas to stimulate family conversation and activity to explore character concepts, aligned with your child’s school PACE character education program.

March – Diligence
Persistence, dedication and hard work

  • TALK – use this prompt to start a conversation with your family about this month’s character trait:
    Read the definition of diligence.
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Guest Column: Diligence

Diligence…the habit of being persistent and making hard-working effort in your work or duties. Actively practicing diligence may be one of the more difficult to master, however, because its application applies in every aspect of our waking hours. It is a character trail that is instilled at an early age and continues through every phase of our lives.  …

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Good Character Reading!

Spokane County Library Suggests…
Diligence Reading List

March – Diligence: Persistence, dedication, and hard work
 
K-2
You can do it, Noisy Nora! / Rosemary Wells (2020)
Catkwondo / Lisl H….

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Guest Column: February

Honesty by Jackson Redder, Cheney High School Senior

Honesty. We all probably know what it means and have heard the clique “Honesty is the best policy”. This is something that has been instilled in us since a young age….

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Character Moments for Families – Honesty

Below are three easy ideas to stimulate family conversation and activity to explore character concepts, aligned with your child’s school PACE character education program.

February – Honesty
Sincerity and reverence or love for the truth

  • TALK – use this prompt to start a conversation with your family about this month’s character trait:
    Why is it good to be honest?
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February: Good Character Reading!

Spokane County Library Suggests…
Honesty Reading List

K-2

The Lying King by Alex Beard
Adrian Simcox Does NOT Have A Horse by Marcy Campbell
Escape Goat by Ann Patchett; illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser
The Berenstain Bears’…

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Guest Column: Fairness

Fairness by Jingle Gorton

What is fairness?

I asked the resident expert at home, my 8-year-old third-grader, what she thinks fairness is. In answer, she said that fair means equal. To illustrate her point, she gave an example of having two cookies compared to her younger brother,…

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January: Good Character Reading!

Spokane County Library Suggests…
Fairness List

K-2

An ABC of Equality by Chana Ginelle Ewing
Feast of Peas by Kashmira Sheth
Hot, Hot Pancakes! by Kimura Yuichi
Little Taco Truck by Tanya Valentine
Two for Me,

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Character Moments for Families – Fairness

Below are three easy ideas to stimulate family conversation and activity to explore character concepts, aligned with your child’s school PACE character education program.

January – Fairness
Treating people and ideas with justice and impartiality

  • TALK – use this prompt to start a conversation with your family about this month’s character trait:
    What is “fairness?” How do you know when something is unfair?
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