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University of Idaho accepting submissions for "F-Word" Poetry Slam

University of Idaho accepting submissions for "F-Word" Poetry Slam

The University of Idaho Women's Center is currently seeking submissions for the “F-Word” Live Poetry Slam in early November.

This event is meant to showcase spoken word and visual art pieces. The slam and exhibit are open to poets and artists of all skill levels, abilities and genders.

To submit visual pieces, email a photo of your piece to bekahm@uidaho.edu. To submit spoken word pieces, visit this link here. The deadline to submit is October 17, and artists who are chosen will be notified by Monday, October 27.

“F-Word” Live was created to form a space in which anyone can express their feelings and experiences related to the “other f-word” - namely, feminism. “F-word” Live is a safe space for all to showcase spoken word and visual art pieces or to come and watch as others perform.

There is no charge to perform in this event. The event is free to all students with a valid student ID. General admission for non students is $5.

Lash Laker wins national I-Cubed invention challenge

Lash Laker wins national I-Cubed invention challenge

An 8-year-old boy from Coeur d'Alene wants to be a scientist when he grows up, and it looks like he's already well on his way.

Lash Laker was recently announced the winner of the 2014 I Cubed (I3) Challenge, impressing judges from three different states with his response to their “Sustainability” challenge. His invention, called SeedBoard, is patent pending and helps solve the problem of keeping soil moist enough to sprout seedlings, especially in areas of drought.

SeedBoard is made from recycled cardboard covered in composted coffee grounds, egg shells and wood ash for added nutrients.

“I first noticed the corrugation in the cardboard was the perfect shape for seeds,” Lash explained. SeedBoard comes rolled up in long, thin strips, ready to be filled with the seeds of your choice and planted.

“What you do is dig a little whole, lay some of this down and cover it back up with dirt. Then just water it and watch it grow,” he said.

Fire safety reminder for dormitory living

Fire safety reminder for dormitory living

Dorms are filling up fast around Washington State as students begin or continue their college education, and the state Fire Marshal wants to make sure everyone has a safe school year.

“Fire safety should be reviewed as students settle into their new places,” said State Fire Marshal Chuck Duffy. “Understanding the safety features of a building and knowing your escape routes can significantly increase your personal safety.”

The United States Fire Administration reports an estimated 3,800 university housing fires occur each year. The leading causes include cooking, intentionally set fires, careless smoking, unattended candles and overloaded electrical wiring. Marshal Duffy suggests the following tips to reduce the risk of fire and increase safety:

Cooking should only be done in a location permitted by the school’s policies. Never leave your cooking unattended. If a fire starts in a microwave, leave the door closed and unplug the unit.

Community Library Network launching after-school programs

Community Library Network launching after-school programs

The Community Library Network in north Idaho wants to make sure every child has a library card as they head back to school this fall, and offering new and replacement cards for free this month as part of National Library Card Sign Up Month.

Libraries in the Community Library Network include Athol, Harrison, Hayden, Pinehurst, Post Falls, Rathdrum, Spirit Lake and the Bookmobile.

All seven brick and mortar locations are now offering classes and activities for children ages zero to five to attend with their parents. Meanwhile kids in grades three to six can enjoy the KaBoom! program, offering hands-on activities coupled with demonstrations to teach STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) principles in an engaging way.

KaBoom offered at the following locations and times:

 

Hayden Library

First and Third Monday

4-5 pm

 

North Idaho Day of Hope

North Idaho Day of Hope

National charity organization Convoy of Hope is hosting an event at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds next weekend to assist families with a wide variety of free services.

Saturday, September 6th starting at 10 am, all families are invited to day of hope and family fun, and to take advantage of the following:

  • Groceries
  • Flu Shots
  • Shoes
  • School Supplies
  • Haircuts
  • Health and Dental Services
  • Job and Career Services
  • Family Portraits

Free transportation to and from the Kootenai County Fairgrounds is being offered from select locations. You can get more information on those routes here.

The event will go on rain or shine while supplies last. Families are not required to show ID to enter.

Priest River teacher receives grant for class library

Priest River teacher receives grant for class library

A Priest River teacher is excited to fill her classroom bookshelves this fall with the help of a $2500 grant from Farmer's Insurance.

First-grade teacher Jessica Randolph was one of just 30 teachers to be honored in this round of Farmer's “Thank A Million Teachers”initiative, inviting America to offer heartfelt thank to teachers for their positive impact on students and communities across the United States.

Jessica says it was her Farmer's agent who nominated her for Thanks a Million, then asked clients to vote for her proposal and even garnered support in the local newspaper.

“My proposal was for books for my classroom library,” Jessica said. “It was really tough last year and I had to borrow books. My students loved to read, and by the end of the year they even wanted to take books with them out onto the playground.”

While this grant is being used exclusively for her class library, Jessica says her ultimate goal is to put more technology into her students hands.

Idaho awarded grant to help low-income students take exams

Idaho awarded grant to help low-income students take exams

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Idaho $75,552 as part of its efforts to boos college and career readiness for historically under-served students. The grant will help defray the costs of taking advanced placement tests for low-income students.

“This is an opportunity for students throughout Idaho to excel. This grant, along with Advanced Opportunities programs like Fast Forward, offered through the Idaho Department of Education, give students the opportunity to earn college credits in high school,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna. “It's a chance for students to excel without the worry of a financial burden.”

The grants are used to help pay for low-income students taking approved placement tests administered by the College Board, the International Baccalaureate Organization and Cambridge International Examinations. By subsidizing test fees for low-income students, the program is intended to encourage students to take advanced placement tests and obtain college credit for high school courses, reducing the time and cost required to complete a degree.