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Thank You

We want to thank our sponsors and corporate donors. Without the support of our trusted and valued sponsors, we would not be able to continue our mission to help young people. Your support is greatly appreciated.

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Auntie's Bookstore
Geeks on Wheels
Hearn Brothers Printing
Inland Audio Visual Co.
Latah Creek Winery
Office Depot
QPR Institute
RBC Wealth Management
Red Lion Corporation
Red Lion Foundation
Frontier Behavioral Health
Spokane Regional Health
Spokane Rotary 21
Missionary Chocolates

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SMILE is excited to announce that with community support and donations, our organization has been able to provide funding for student workshops for 19 years at the Libby Center.   Thank you for your continued support!
Student Workshops:


In 2016-17, SMILE is funding April Payne’s and Gary Gillespie’s yearlong digital citizenship project for the sixth and seventh grade students, along with the accompanying technology needed for implementation and continued academic growth.  This digital citizenship project includes approximately four assemblies throughout the year focused on anti-bullying in a digital world.  These may be expanded to include more of the school student body, as administration decides.  Assemblies include:
·       Be One strategies, guest speakers (district attorney, school police, and suicide leadership counsel from the high school), fish bowl activities, student panel, etc. 
·       In conjunction with these assemblies, students will be practicing digital and global citizenship throughout the year by maintaining either a webpage or wiki space.
In addition, the grant from SMILE is funding two projects to help students gain self-confidence, self-esteem, and build a supportive classroom environment that values each person's uniqueness.  These two projects will greatly benefit the nearly 300 third through sixth grade students we serve, will greatly enrich our efforts to intentionally address the critical issues of Civility and Anti-Bullying.
Project 1: Individual Sculptures - As students discover who they are and what they stand for, they will decorate their foam heads with a variety of supplies including paint, cloth, gears, and elements found in nature.  These sculptures represent more about what is on the inside than what our outside portrays.  This project idea was presented during Edufest, a Gifted and Talented Summer Institute in Boise, Idaho.  Many teachers of gifted and talented students have seen great growth in student self-awareness after completing this activity.
Project 2: Fellers Arts Factory - Fellers Arts Studio offers a wonderful program that includes music, storytelling, and mask making aimed at enhancing the Explorations unit.  Tessera teachers strive to encourage students to be lifelong explorers intellectually as well as physically.  Once students have a better understanding of who they are, they will have the confidence to step out into unknown territories.
 

  • In 2015-16, SMILE supported a partnership with Partners Through Art, a local non-profit organization focused on utilizing the arts to make our community a better place.  The focus will be on civility and anti-bullying, utilizing the medium of theater, as well as incorporating the curriculum of Asian cultural studies. 
  • In 2014-15, SMILE funded the Mr. X The Math Magician workshop by Bob Bishop. Mr. Bishop taught both interactive presentations during several days with all the Tessera classes and also offered staff development for the teachers at Libby in the evenings.  He taught various fun approaches to math, using logic, and how to apply strategy to life planning.
  • In 2013-14, Suzanne Ostersmith, an accomplished dancer, thespian, and Dance Program Director for Gonzaga University’s Theatre and Dance Department conducted workshops for Tessera students.  The students learned creative dance concepts to design an ARTS experience in dance, movement, and theatre.  This creative experience helped to expand healthy forms of expression for students to use as they progress in life. 


From Glenda Kohls - Tessera Teacher for 3-5 Grades: "Our students LOVED the dance.  One of my students said, 'Even though I felt strange dancing, I REALLY liked it!'  That led to an interesting discussion about dance as self-expression and culture."


From Liz Ulmen at Tessera: "Tessera was a haven for Craig as an elementary student.  Because of this, we have enjoyed the honor of repeated annual gifting of funds to bring arts and social skills education resources to our students at Tessera and Odyssey.  Over the years, SMILE has brought artists in multiple mediums, authors, poets, dancers, photographers, and more to our students.  This year, our grant was used to collaborate with the Gonzaga University Theater and Dance department for dancing instruction combined with anti-bullying theatric experiences [benefitting over 320 Tessera students.]"

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