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Posted Date: 04/03/2024

Good evening!  I know this is a busy time for you, but I wanted to invite you to visit our district on April 9th. Read on for more details. 

The second session of parent teacher conferences is April 9, 2024 from 4-8 PM.  In addition to conferencing with teachers, we are offering two additional opportunities in conjunction with conferences.  We will have a parent session with speaker Sam Demma from 5:30-6:30 PM in the gym at SHS.  Mr. Demma is speaking with students from SMS and SHS earlier in the day and is excited to share information with parents district-wide to spread an inspirational message.  Spokane R-VII will be preparing a quick hot dog meal for parents and students attending the speaking engagement.  The meal will be served by members of the SHS Aevidum chapter. 

Following Mr. Demma’s presentation, Spokane R-VII will host an open house from 6:30-8 PM on April 9th to showcase the Ag Science Center, the renovated locker rooms at SHS, the renovations in the old SMS, and the new field house at SHS.  We hope you will join us to tour these spaces and see the improvements that will benefit students for years to come.  We appreciate the support from our voters and taxpayers and can’t wait for you to see these projects! 

Here is more information about our parent speaker:  Sam Demma is a best-selling author and international keynote speaker. He delivered two TEDx talks, co-founded PickWaste—an organization that mobilized volunteers to pick up over 3000 bags of litter—and was awarded the prestigious Queens Platinum Jubilee Award for his exceptional National contributions. During the pandemic, Sam produced two viral graduation videos for students who missed their ceremonies and launched a partnership with Taco Bell to encourage people to engage in acts of kindness.


His work and interviews have been featured in The Globe & Mail, CBC, and CTV. He has been recognized as Starfish's Top 25 Under 25. Sam’s multimedia platform, The High Performing Educator, has featured over 250 educators, and his bestselling debut book, Empty Your Backpack, has been called “a must-read.”. In his spare time, you can find Sam reading books, dancing the bachata, or journeying across the globe with his giant red backpack.

Videos & Additional Links:

Preview Sam's Message:

Breakfast Television News Interview:

Empty Your Backpack Poem:

Empty your Backpack Book:


Sam would love to connect with you and has let us know to share his Instagram: