Tag Archives: Guest Column

  • West Plains Guest Column:
    Trustworthiness

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    Trustworthy is the PACE character trait for April.  As a former school counselor and now teacher I’ve learned a lot about trustworthiness, working with students and families.  To be Trustworthy means to be someone that others can trust and count on to be reliable.  Trustworthiness is essential for healthy relationships including your relationships at school, […]

  • Guest Column:
    Trustworthiness

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    Growing up in a big family has had a huge impact on me and who I have become. In my family, there seven of us living in a four-bedroom house, and I am one of the five kids in my house, so needless to say it can get pretty chaotic, but home is where the […]

  • Guest Column:
    Diligence

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     In life, rarely is anything worth having easily or immediately achieved. Sure, you may experience an immediate reward from time to time—winning the lottery is the obvious example here—but you did not do much, if anything, to earn that reward. Rather, the rewards achieved through hard work over extended periods of time are the most […]

  • Valley Guest Column:
    Diligence

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    Diligence is defined as persistence, dedication, and hard work. Some may say these qualities are deep-rooted within individuals while others say they are acquired. It is my experience that they are both. People throughout our lives influence the paths we choose through their actions. Very special people find our strengths and encourage us to better […]

  • Guest Column:
    Honesty

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    Honesty can seem like a simple concept. Merriam-Webster defines it as “fairness and straightforwardness of conduct; adherence to the facts; sincerity.” Or perhaps we are more familiar with it being “to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.” But, like any other traits, I believe there is more depth to it […]

  • Guest Column:
    Fairness

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    As a leader in the Spokane Valley Fire Department (SVFD) I often reflect upon those critical characteristics that have contributed to our success as an organization over decades. One of the most important, “fairness” is a character trait that is embedded in the core value set of the employees here at SVFD. I would like […]

  • West Plains Guest Column:
    Caring

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    The holiday season and caring go hand in hand. I feel it is a safe assumption that for many of us the act of caring comes rather naturally, and we rarely look at the act itself as something extraordinary. But in a world that can be harsh and ugly at times, recognition, not for the […]

  • Guest Column:
    Caring

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    “A city council, business, and non-profit: Caring for the Community” Margaret Mead said it well: “Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever had.” How then, between Thanksgiving and the New Year, how may we show genuine concern for the welfare of the poor and needy? […]

  • Guest Column:
    Citizenship

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    From our West Plains Chapter: You may be a bit surprised as you walk down the hall at Davenport Middle School today. What you will not see are many students in the classrooms, hallways, or common areas. If you were to drive around the homes surrounding our school what you will see are students in […]

  • Guest Column:
    Citizenship

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    My favorite color combination is red, white and blue. You will find all three colors in the flag of the United States of America, which is where I call home. The white in our flag stands for purity and innocence, the red is for valor and the blue is for perseverance and justice. The stripes […]