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NEWS CHENEY FREE PRESS Thursday, October 1,2015 Medical fo job By AL STOVER Staff Reporter Medical Lake High School staff and students who spend money at the Stu- dent Store during lunch may not realize that it's more than just a place where they can buy food and drinks. The Student Store is a work-based enterprise class where students gain some work experience under their belts before entering the job market. Ann Everett, the district coordina- tor for special education and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), began the class as a way for students to get the foundations of work experience, and learn the skills they need to transition into work. The class component of the Student Store takes place every morning in first period. In class, students spend the first few weeks training on customer service, etiquette, cashiering, product research and food safety. They also learn how to work with others, and have to ac- quire their Food Handler's Card - a requirement all food service workers in Spokane County must have in order to handle unwrapped food and drinks. "Students also learn the 'dos and don'ts" of an interview, how to build a resume and cover letter," Kelly Rolan, one of the teachers of the class, said. "They also learn the importance of Photo by AI Stover Aryn Gygi (top left) explains to her classmates about the basics of making coffee drinks. Gygi is one of the managers of the Student Store. being on time and having a teachable attitude." For their final project, Rolan said students have to go through a mock job interview. "These components are to help stu- dents find employment," Everett said. "Employers want to hire students with skills. After taking the class, students already know how to do some of those things." They also learn to work with indus- trial-level equipment from Spokane Community College's Culinary Arts program. The running of the store is simple enough. Four students work at the store during the shift. One student handles the money, two make drinks and the fourth makes the food. At the end of the shift employees record the cash and inventory on a reconciliation sheet. There are also four managers, all of whom have previously worked at the Student Store. Students will purchase food items and supplies from Cash and Carry Food Service and Denny's Harvest Foods. "We work with what's in our bud- get, but we hope to expand the store," store manager Noah Ray said. Everett said many of the students will take the class to gain the work ex- perience while others enjoy the hands- on approach. She added that many of the students who work at the store will go on to have traditional fast food and retail jobs. Aryn Gygi, one of the store's managers, has worked at Domino's Pizza for a month. "Working at the Student Store helped prepare me to get my job at Domino's," Gygi said. Everett said the challenge for students is to find work in an increasingly competi- tive, high-demanding job market. "We're trying to give students an edge," Everett said. "The more experi- ence and help you can give these stu- dents, the better." AI Stover can be reached at continued from page 1 financial standpoint but rather from reducing a potential liability for the city. "We have to have this and this, otherwise we lose our pact with the pool," City Administra- tor Doug Ross said. Founded in 1981, WCIA is a non-profit organization of over 150 municipalities that have joined together to pro- vide self-insurance. Ross said member cities re- ceive better insurance r/~ tl~o'U~h' the WCIA"~ combined risk pool than they would if they tried to do their own individual insurance, and that it's likely that past claims have led the organiza- tion to require advisory bodies such as the plan- ning commission to have standardized rules and procedures. Ross provided com- missioners each with a copy of recommended rules of procedure pro- vided by the WCIA. These govern everything from types of meetings to orders of business and agenda to Ross added that the WCIA does not expect the commission to adopt their proposed rules ver- batim. The commission does need some estab- lished procedures for us tailor things to our needs," Ross said. Ross asked the com- missioners to review the WCIA's submittals, and that he will provide a rough draft to commis- "I'll miss this place, I really will." Commissioner Margaret James, on moving to Nevada how it conducts busi- ness, but procedures that are perhaps not as 'restrictive as what the public hearing proc dureg'' ;WCIA outlines. "atfd'dat1 . 'and' itVit4 " J'' (W-CIA) ~e- of citizensl ally great abouf letting sioners soon that is more suited to Medical Lake's specific needs. The City Council currently has procedural rules, and ROss said he would like to see the commission consider and perhaps adopt similar rules in order to maintain con- tinuity should commis- sioners get elected to a council seat in the fu- ture. The task for the com- mission is to review and discuss rules and then send a recommendation for adoption to the coun- cil, whose responsibility it is to put those into place. The Sept. 24 meeting was also the final meet- ing for Commissioner Margaret James. James is stepping done because she is moving to Sparks, Nev. due to health rea- sons. She has served on the commission since 2011, and has he.lped run the community food bank for the past eight years. She told the coun- cil that her leaving is "bittersweet," as she is looking forward to a new location but loves Medi- cal Lake; a town she said has been good to her. "I'll miss this place, ] really wilL" an emotional James said. John McCal- lum can be reached at jmac@cheneyfreep);ess com, continued from page .1 district offers a fire de- tection program where district fire officials will come to a resident's home and install alarms where they sleep and on each level of a home. The pro- gram is paid for through grant funding and there- fore free to residents, and utilized regionally by the city of Spokane along with fire districts 9 and 10. District 3 has already done 70 homes, Dobson said. "We'd like to do 5,000 in the district," Dobson said. "Maybe not quite that many, but there's definitely a need out there." Another message con- veyed during Fire Pre- vention Week is making sure everyone in a home knows the sound of a .Photo by John McCallum Visitors to Spokane County Fire District 3's Oct. 10 open house will get a chance to check out the training facilities burn tower, along with other equipment. smoke alarm and under- stands what to do when it goes off. Local fire depart- ments will be visiting area schools to explain this message to Cheney and Medical Lake students. Dobson said District 3 would be going to schools throughout the week, and Medical Lake fire fighter Lt. Christina Jaeger said in an email that depart- ment will be doing public education at Hallett El- ementary School. Airway Heights' assistant chief and public education of- ricer Doug Bonstrom said their department regu- larly visit's Cheney School District's Sunset Elemen- tary School to provide fire safety information to students in preschool and kindergarten through first grade. Bonstrom said they use.flash cards to illus- trate fire safety, working smoke alarms so students can become acquainted with their sounds and talk about proper evacuation procedures, not only at home but also at school. "You've got to get yourself trained to get out," he added. District 3 is also plan- ning several events over Fire Prevention Week. Station 35 at 1801 W. Gibbs Road is holding a chili feed Oct 8 while Sta- tion 31, district headquar- ters in Cheney on Presley Drive, is holding an open house Oct. 10. The open house, which runs from 10 a.m - 3 p.m. will feature live fire, extrication and rap- pelling demonstrations, hands-on instruction on the use of fire extinguish- ers, kids' activities in- cluding fire truck tours, coloring activities and a scavenger hunt along with giving the public a chance to tour the dis- trict's recently completed training center. Sign up for the smoke alarm installation pro- gram and information on how to "FireWise" a home will also be avail- able. John McCal- lure can be reached at and to Buy Tickets Visit, Shewtimes in () are at bargain ,unce Special Attlaction No Passes 10 Screens/ 509-232-0444 Movie Information ol,,oA,,ott R Daily {4:20) 6'509:20 Sat-Sun (11:20)(1:50) DR. 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