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Partners for Early Learning helping preschoolers (KEPR-TV)


Richland has a new plan to prepare preschoolers for kindergarten. The district is partnering with local day cares to get students started on the right foot. Danielle Magana has one child heading into kindergarten and another into pre-school at Sacajawea Elementary. She looks for any chance to further their education. "I think it just sets them up for success in life."

Ryan Vandersommen

A poem authored by Hanford High School student Ryan Vandersommen has been selected for inclusion in this year’s edition of the Writers in the Schools anthology “The Sixth Breath Blows You Home”. Ryan is in a major battle with cancer. He recently started a second round of chemotherapy. While Ryan was a patient at Children’s Hospital in Seattle this past year, he wrote the poem "My Scar is my Trophy".

Badger Mountain teacher Wendy Gosselin reads with students at Orchard Hills Apartments

Badger Mountain Elementary School teachers recently completed a successful summer reading outreach program. Every Wednesday morning from mid-June to mid-August, Badger Mountain teacher teams visited Orchard Hills Apartments and Santiago Estates to meet with children, read them stories, work on vocabulary skills, and continue the reading interventions that take place during the school year.

Districts serving large numbers of autistic children (Tri-City Herald)


The differences between the autistic sons of Janine Frakes and Laurie Sarver are as vast as their experiences with teachers and school administrators. Frakes said her 13-year-old son Grant, who lacks social skills and has difficulty communicating, was kept for long periods in a small padded room at Finley Elementary School. Sarver's son Jacob, 9, is high functioning and spends most of his school days in a regular classroom at Badger Mountain Elementary School in Richland. The boys are two of the more than 6,600 students in local school districts who receive special education services, and autistic children make up a growing portion of those students each year.


The Hanford High School Athletic Booster Club invites community members to participate in the 2014 Falcon Golf Classic on Saturday, September 6, at Horn Rapids Golf Club in Richland. The four-person scramble shot gun start event begins at 9:00 am. There will be a special $50,000 Shootout opportunity for the first place team. Guest host is Terry Chick of KEPR-TV.

Providing free meals for all students worth a test run (Tri-City Herald editorial)

Taking the lead is never easy. It is always safer to wait and watch while others test something new. It takes courage to be first. So the Richland School District is to be congratulated for having the confidence to be the first in the Tri-City area to try a new federal food program that will allow all children at Jefferson Elementary School to have free meals regardless of their ability to pay.

Twelve teachers from around the state are learning how to build ukuleles at a STEM workshop this week at Hanford High School. Ed Ufford, HHS Career & Technical Education teacher, is one of the workshop leaders.The teachers are learning the math and physics behind why ukuleles sound the way they do, and learning how to effectively pass the workshop knowledge on to students back at their home schools.

Senior citizens Gold Card available


The District invites senior citizens to fill out a Gold Card application at the RSD Administration Building, 615 Snow Avenue.  The Senior Citizens Gold Card entitles seniors to attend all Associated Student Body events at Richland secondary schools free of charge including sports events, plays and concerts (providing the event isn’t already sold out).  To be eligible for a free Gold Card, you must be:

  • 65 years of age or older, and
  • A resident of the Richland School District

All Jefferson students will have access to free meals (Tri-City Herald)


Students at Jefferson Elementary School won't have to bring a lunch box or ask parents for lunch money when school starts this fall. All the children at the Richland school -- regardless of their family's financial status -- will be offered breakfast and lunch at no charge thanks to a federal law passed four years ago. "We felt that trying it out at our most needy school was the thing to do to make sure it is economically feasible," said Denise Christensen, Richland's nutrition services director.

Richland School Board approves stadium design (Tri-City Herald)


The Richland School District is closer to renovating the visitor-side bleachers at Fran Rish Stadium. The school board approved the design and construction documents for the stadium project Tuesday night. The district will begin seeking bids for the project, estimated to cost $2 million. Construction is expected to begin after football season ends.

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RSD officials turn over the first shovels of dirt

The Richland School District broke ground on the new elementary school in south Richland Thursday morning. The general contractor is Fowler General Construction, Richland. “The growing area of south Richland will be well served by this state-of-the-art school,” said Superintendent Rick Schulte. “We once again thank community members for their commitment to providing up-to-date facilities for our children.”