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ALL-DISTRICT MUSIC FESTIVALS THIS WEEK! . . . Get into the spirit of spring and attend the All-District Band Festival on Wednesday, April 11, 7 p.m. in the Franklin Middle School gymnasium and/or the All-District Orchestra Festival on Thursday, April 12, 7 p.m. in the Franklin Middle School gymnasium.  Both events will include performances from students in the 5th through 12th grades.  Come out and support our music programs!

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MLK WILL BE SITE OF ARBOR DAY CELEBRATION . . . Thanks to the Yakima Area Arboretum and our local Target department store, students at Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School will be the recipients of 10 new flowering redbud trees.   At 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 11, employees from Target will be on hand to dig the holes for the new trees and guide the students in proper planting techniques.  Arboretum staff will be on hand to answer questions the students may have.  This tree planting celebration is in recognition of Washington State’s Arbor Day on April 11.

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IKE SENIOR PARENTS HOLD FUNDRAISERS . . . Eisenhower High School senior parents are holding two fundraisers this month to support the Ike Senior Party 2012.  On Wednesday, April 11, Applebee’s will donate 10% of each bill to the Ike Senior Class 2012 with the presentation of a card available through the parents.  (Many were distributed at the yard sale in March, but if you haven’t gotten yours yet, please contact Toni Ivy at 985-8222.)  Between now and April 25, if you get an extreme wash at Splash Car Wash by Costco, you will get a free vacuum and Splash will donate $3 to the class.  (Contacts:  Toni Ivy, 985-8222 or Melanie Gilmore at

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APRIL IS AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH . . . Gilbert Elementary School is celebrating Autism Awareness Month during April.  To learn more about autism, check out Gilbert’s display case by the office, read the information posters around the school, or check out a book from their library.  Classroom presentations and a daily fact contest will also be given to help staff and students learn more about autism.  (Contact:  Joan Kirk, Gilbert Teacher, 573-5840 or

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