CLEARWATER VALLEY -- The Youth Advisory Board (YAB) of the Upriver Youth Leadership Council (UYLC) invites area students from grades 7-12 to their second annual St. Patricks’ Day dance on Friday, March 15, from 7-9:30 p.m., at the Kamiah schools multipurpose room, 711 9th Street. Students from Kamiah, Nezperce, Orofino, Kooskia, Cottonwood, Grangeville, Stites, and Lapwai are encouraged to join the fun. Disk jockey Jacex2 will provide the dance music. A selfie booth will be set up on site and refreshments are included. Admission prices will be $3 for a single and $5 for a couple. Last year’s event attracted 75 students and the YAB students are hoping this will increase this year. For information, contact the YAB Office at 1-208-743-0392, or upriverylc@gmail.com.

YAB’s 1st Friday lunch in March netted $310 towards the students’ $10,000 fund-raising goal to open a teen center. The next lunch is planned for April 5. It’s great the students are working towards this goal to give teens a place to gather.

Meanwhile in Kooskia, Clearwater Valley High School students are offering three live public performances of the musical, Hello Dolly this week. Catch the show March 14, 15 or 16 at Clearwater Valley High School. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. each night with the show kicking off at 7 p.m. Come early to get the best seats. Tickets are $5 each. Fancy cupcakes will be sold at intermission for $1.50 each so you can skip dessert before you head to the show and enjoy a cupcake. I enjoyed last year’s spring musical Cinderella with a few friends.

If you missed Clearwater Valley’s student film festival on a snowy night last month, the film, Sasquatch Search is hitting the big screen this weekend. The film, produced by Clearwater Valley seniors Josh Kearney and Logan Wells, will play at the historic Blue Fox Theater in Grangeville on Saturday, March 16th at 10:00 a.m. Tickets are only $5 each.

Last weekend I helped out with the 4th annual Vest Fest fund-raiser. Roughly 180 people packed into the Kooskia Community Center, enjoying talks about some great programs and activities going on in Clearwater Valley schools. After a beef brisket dinner, both silent and live auctions progressed with more than 50 auction items, large and small. I haven’t heard the total amount raised, but easily in the tens of thousands. All of that money will go directly to support Clearwater Valley students. Past years funding has paid for such items as computers, science technology for the library, money toward the reader board, shotputs for the track and field team and classroom supplies for kindergarten. It’s impressive to see the outpouring of support for the Valley Educational Support Team (VEST) as they raise funds to support students. Many people and businesses, both locally and throughout Idaho, donated a variety of items for the auction. It is hopeful to see so much local support for education and the students. Although the state legislature has incrementally increased education funding statewide in recent years, Idaho spending for education is still at the bottom of the barrel compared to other states. Today’s students are our future and I think it’s important as a community to help set them on a good path.

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