As of Tuesday, March 20, 2018
CLEARWATER VALLEY It was a week of back-to-school for me, spending time at three area schools. Tuesday afternoon, I stopped at Clearwater Valley elementary school for the spring art show/art-in-action. I walked into a gym filled with happy children, with glitter, glue and paint in abundance and music setting the pace. Displays of artwork created by each student in the school adorned the old room dividers (donated to the school from the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest). Parents checked out the art displays, visited with each other and watched the art-in-action happening before their eyes.
I zipped back to Kamiah High School (KHS) to attend a Social Media Savvy class taught by Lauren Paterson of Muse Media. KHS senior, Tela Ridley, assisted with the class and provided insight into how she and her peers use various forms of social media to interact. I’ve dabbled in Facebook, but good to learn the basics of Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest. I attended another Lewis and Clark State College (LCSC) computer class at CV High School Thursday taught by Elijah Zeida of Clearwater Computers. Glad that we have LCSC courses available, taught by local people, great way to develop new skills and meet people at the same time.
Wednesday morning, I learned that both the Kamiah and Mountain View school levies had passed. Good for the communities for stepping up to support education. People wrote letters to the editors and news releases, made phone calls, voted absentee, posted signs, marched, appeared on radio or television to support the levy. Both superintendents held public meetings and outreached to community groups to explain how much money they were asking for and why. It takes a village to keep schools functioning.
I stopped by Kamiah High School on my coffee break Wednesday morning to see a number of students standing silently outside in the rain for the national 17 minutes of silence, one minute for each of the Florida school shooting victims. I don’t know what, if any, consequences these students faced at school or at home for walking out. I hope they are able to talk to their families, fellow students and teachers about their fears.
I finished the week by escaping to the fantasy land of Cinderella, CV High School’s spring musical. A full house of students, parents, grandparents and other community members greeted the cast and crew, led by director Elizabeth Nuxoll. Great performances by Cinderella (Harmony Edmonson) and Prince Christopher (Zane Miskin Summers) brought the story to life. Alleyna Edmonson was suitably evil in her portrayal of the stepmother. Logan Wells’ over-the-top portrayal of Lionel, the prince’s sidekick had the crowd in stitches. Great that Carol Gibler stepped up to play piano to avert the need for “canned” music used in past shows. In a heartwarming moment of unexpected audience participation a young girl demanded to try on the glass slipper as Lionel and the Prince searched the kingdom for the right woman. Sadly for her it didn’t fit and the prince went on to marry Cinderella. That’s the beauty of live theater, you never know what will happen. I hope that girl will try out for plays when she’s a little older, she’s a natural!