Show & Tell

Get-to-know-us night

at Life Christian

Life Christian Academy is hosting an evening for parents of school-age children to talk with principals and admission representatives about the programs offered at the academy.

The event is 7:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday at the school, 1717 S. Union Ave. in Tacoma. For more information and to RVSP, contact Linda Davis at 253-756-2410.

Open house for Vibrant Schools Tacoma

The public is invited to meet Lucas Smiraldo, the new director of Vibrant Schools Tacoma, at an open house from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday.

Smiraldo will talk about the group’s focus for the 2014-15 school year. The event will be at the Asian Pacific Cultural Center, 4851 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma. To RSVP, email info@

White House grant

will fight drugs, alcohol

Franklin Pierce Youth First was recently awarded a $625,000 grant from the White House Drug Policy Office.

The grant — $125,000 for five years — will address marijuana and alcohol use among youths. It will be used to complement existing programs.

For more information, visit Youth First’s website at

Meeting covers how to

opt out of testing

Parents and Friends for Tacoma Public Schools will host a presentation on the process of opting students out of standardized testing.

The public is invited to attend the event at 6 p.m. Thursday at McIntyre Hall on the University of Puget Sound campus. For more information, call Kim Golding at 253-906-8827.

Education visitation day for Eatonville

The Eatonville School District will host a focus on education visitation day Wednesday from 10:15 a.m.-2 p.m. The event is open to the public.

Tours will highlight STEM projects at Eatonville Middle School and Eatonville High School. The event also includes a tour of the new transportation facility and lunch at Eatonville High School. The day begins at the district office.

Call 360-879-1000 for shuttle reservation information.

Charter school plans information sessions

SOAR Academy, a charter school scheduled to open in Tacoma in fall 2015, has scheduled the following information sessions for parents:

•  6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Lakewood Public Library, 6300 Wildaire Road SW.

•  6-7:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at Anderson University Center on the campus of Pacific Lutheran University in Parkland. The meeting will be in Room 133, the Union Pacific Room.

•  6-7:30 p.m. Nov. 20 in the auditorium at Bates Technical College, 1101 S. Yakima Ave., Tacoma.

Inspirational figures to take part in symposium

Two national figures who believe in hope as a strategy for helping children and youths succeed will take part in a free symposium. “The Soul, Science and the Culture of Hope” is Thursday at Pacific Lutheran University.

Antwone Fisher, a writer and film producer whose life story inspired the 2002 movie “Antwone Fisher,” will join Rick Miller, founder of Kids at Hope. Thursday’s event will, in part, explore Fisher’s life story. He was born in prison to a teenage mother, survived years of abuse in a foster family, joined the Navy and eventually was discovered by Hollywood while working as a security guard at Sony Pictures.

The event will include a discussion about how families, schools and community organizations can help all kids succeed.

The event is from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in Chris Knutzen Hall in the PLU University Center. Registration is required. To register, call Wally Endicott at 253-229-7310 or email

Compiled by Mary Anderson and Debbie Cafazzo, staff writers