Logos School partners with Homestead Ministries to feed the needy

MOSCOW, ID - Instead of selling candy bars or magazine subscriptions, leaders at Logos school in Moscow wanted to do something worthwhile and important to the community. Thursday Logos students collected pledges for their time spent participating in Feed the Need . Jenee’ Ryan was at Logos School Thursday morning and has more. “It's fun filling the bag with lentils,' said Shannon Beauchamp, first grader at Logos School. Shannon, along with nearly 400 other Logos School students ranging from kindergarten through 12th grade, partnered with Homestead Ministries Thursday to assemble 10,000 meals to fight hunger on the Palouse. “You put little peas in bags and you bring them over to this place where they seal them really set shut,” said Piper Beauchamp, first grader at Logos School. All the recipient has to do is add water. “We take local people and we take local product and we take local money and we go ahead and feed our local, our immediate people around us," said Homestead Ministries Co-Founder, Tom Riedner. “Over 15% of the Palouse has a hard time putting food on the table, which is a lot of people," said Claire Ahmann, 11th grader at Logos School. “If the people don’t have enough food, they’ll die," said Beauchamp. And the kids don’t want that to happen to anyone on the Palouse. “Sometimes they need help and you don’t need help and you can help them," said Jack Bakken, first grader at Logos School. Not only is this a great project that helps out our community, but it’s also a great learning experience for the students.” “You’re teaching those kids that they don’t have to just think about themselves, that there’s other people out there that can use some help.” “You wanna grow a givers heart when they’re young and so introducing them to this kind of thing develops a certain type of person who’s a giver and who does it joyfully,” said Logos School Development Director, Gene Liechty. Homestead Ministries will begin distributing the meals Logos students packaged to the hungry in Latah, Whitman and Nez Perce Counties as early as (Friday) tomorrow. https://www.klewtv.com/news/local/Logos-school-feed-the-needy-and-learn-about-generousity-279574952.html


feed the need daily news photoThe following article, written by Shanon Quinn, appeared on the cover of the Moscow Pullman Daily News Today!

  Logos Students Package 10,000 Meals for Local Food Banks

The sizable gymnasium at Logos School was alive with activity Thursday as groups of students worked with a cheerful readiness only youth are capable of, packaging and labeling 10,000 soup mixes for donation to food banks in Latah and Whitman counties and even as far north as Spokane.

The K-12 students, in matching T-shirts declaring the name of the day-long project, Feed the Need, measured, mixed and bagged their product at 14 tables equipped with funnels and measuring implements.

The event, sponsored by Family Promise of the Palouse and Mike Church at Key Properties, is the first of its kind at Logos, but the school's director, Gene Liechty, said he hopes to make it an annual one.

The school partnered with Homestead Ministries, a nondenominational, faith-based volunteer organization that seeks to support local agriculture while finding solutions to reduce hunger locally and regionally. The ministry, based on the Palouse, was formed less than three months ago by Tom Reidner and Greg Nolan.
Reidner said the packaging event is the fourth of its kind they have done since the group's inception.
"We've worked with a Catholic school in Colton, Boy Scouts in Genesee and students at Washington State University," he said.
The ministry purchased 20 package sealers for the event, heavy plastic bags for packaging and supplied the peas, beans, lentils and spices the children used in packaging their soups.
"The peas and lentils are local," said Reidner, who is a grain supplier. "But we had to order the beans from Wisconsin, because we don't grow them around here."
Between community volunteers - some of whom took vacation days from work in order to assist at the event - ministry volunteers, school faculty, staff and the student body, the group had packed more than 7,000 meals by the time they broke for lunch.
By 2 p.m., the scoreboard read 9,000.
And excitement didn't wane among the students."This has been exhilarating," Danny Bradley, an 11th-grade student said. "It's great to be giving back to the community."
Liechty said events like Feed the Need are the reason Logos exists as a Christian school. "This gets to the heart of why we're here," he said. "We're teaching them about need, then helping them meet the need. We're not only working to educate the mind, but to grow the heart."

Logos beats Moscow, advances to playoffs

The following article, written by Ben Handel, appeared in the Moscow Pullman Daily News on May 20, 2014... advances-to-playoffs A decisive second quarter proved to be the difference as Logos toppled Moscow 11-6 Monday at the Idaho SprinTurf Practice Field, clinching the fourth and final spot in the upcoming Northern Idaho Lacrosse League playoffs. The Knights scored twice in the first 30 seconds of the second period, helping spark a dominant 7-0 run that turned what had been a 2-2 contest midway through the first into a 10-3 Logos advantage at halftime. "We didn't really do anything differently in the second quarter than we did in the first," Knights coach Ben Merkle said. "It was just everybody started to get into a groove, we started hitting our passes and making good decisions." Leading the charge for the Knights was senior attacker Trevor Morse, who scored six goals - including the first five of the night for his team - and tallied an assist in the final regular-season action of his varsity career. Teammate Sean Stanton racked up a trio of goals and an assist. "Trevor and Sean, once they get their chemistry going, they started putting them in like crazy," Merkle said. "They really took over for us." Morse and the Knights drew first blood, taking a pass from midfielder Jonny Handel on the left wing and putting it into the back of the net. The Bears, however, retaliated with a goal from Aaron Ivie to knot things up. The duo of Morse and Handel got Logos the lead on its next trip down the field, but again Moscow answered right back, this time with a goal from Hunter Klawitter to make it 2-2. The Knights were able to stay on attack for the majority of the remainder of the game, finishing with a 35-17 advantage in shots attempted. A large part of the reason for that was the Knights' ability to clear the ball on defense - something two Logos midfielders in particular excelled at. "Levi (Wintz) and Jonny (Handel) have incredible wheels, and they're coming off of taking a state title in track the day before," Merkle said. "They're really impressive and can clear the ball really fast, but they also have really good stick skills and know where to be to get that open." lacrosse With Wintz and Handel reversing the field nearly every time Moscow attacked Logos' defense, the Knights went on a 7-0 run before Sam Odenberg took a pass from Xavier Murdoch and scored for the Bears before halftime. After the break, however, it was a much more even contest. Neither team scored in the third and Moscow owned a 3-1 advantage in the fourth courtesy of a pair of goals from Matt Cornelison. "We certainly picked it up in the second half compared to the first half," Bears coach Jay Johnson said. "I was disappointed with the result, especially the way things fell apart in the first half." Defensively, senior goalie Quintin Akers led Moscow with 21 saves while Logos' Luke Mason tallied seven. "We started playing Luke in the goal very recently - this is only his fourth game in goal - and he's been getting a lot better," Merkle said. "He's getting smarter about when he should come out of the cage and making stops on those one-on-one dodges. The other thing is both (Shane) Stokes and (Sam) Skiles are getting good at working their positions on defense and Gavin Dooley made nice plays for us tonight, too." With the win, Logos improved to 2-8 overall and 2-6 in league, with both wins coming against Moscow. The Knights will visit top-seeded Coeur d'Alene at 6 p.m. tonight in the first round of the playoffs. The Bears finished the spring 0-8 in NILL play. "I told the players that I was always pleased with their effort," Johnson said. "We always gave 100 percent and worked hard, even if we didn't always get the results we wanted."

Logos School Graduate In The News!

The following article, written by Sunny Browning, appeared in the Moscow/Pullman Daily News on May 14, 2014. Autumn Pratt, a freshman at the University of Idaho, has spent most of her life on the Palouse. But this summer she will be spending a month of her vacation overseas in northeast England at an archaeological project studying the northern edges of the Roman Empire. Pratt, a mechanical engineering student, will be one of seven American students attending the Fulbright Summer Institute at Durham University in Durham. She was selected for a full-ride scholarship for her good grades and her extracurricular and community activities. Autumn Pratt "In my sophomore and junior years I should probably do engineering internships, but as a freshman there wasn't really much I could do, so it seemed like a good summer to do something enjoyable," Pratt said. She is set to leave just after the Fourth of July and head to the United Kingdom - her first experience traveling internationally. Pratt has grown up in the Moscow area, being home-schooled throughout elementary and attending Logos High School. Her essay application outlined her involvement with cross-country online gambling bitcoin, track, basketball, drama and knowledge bowl at Logos. She was also a camp counselor and is a member of the UI engineering scholars club. She said she has always enjoyed reading and writing, two things she will be doing while in England. "When we studied (British literature) at Logos we went into a little history about when the Romans were there, and I thought that was pretty cool," Pratt said. "We talked about the really old history of England so it appealed to me when I looked into (Durham). And I get to do some hands-on stuff, so I am excited." The program, "The Northern Borders of Empire to the Making of the Middle Ages," will give students a chance to participate in an archaeological dig and explore the city's history and culture from Hadrian's Wall of Roman times to the medieval founding of modern Durham and into the Renaissance. She will receive university credit for her time spent abroad. Pratt will stay at Durham University throughout, and all expenses of the trip will be paid for by the program. "I have read about England a lot because it comes up in school," Pratt said. "It will be a completely different experience to actually go there myself." Pratt is interested in a career engineering prosthetics, something she read about in the National Geographic magazine many years ago that has stuck with her all this time. She is interested in how different each prosthetic must be. "It is always very individualized," she said. "It would be nice to use the technology to help somebody so much." She said the Fulbright program has been keeping in touch with her via email, sending her some suggested reading materials and practical information about packing and pre-departure preparation. "I really don't know what to expect yet," Pratt said. "I was starting to get nervous, but God always takes care of me."

At Moscow School, Courtroom Legacies are a Serious Matter

The following article, written by Sunny Browning, appeared in the Moscow Pullman Daily News on February 25, 2014... Logos School Mock Trial Team has represented Idaho since 2004. For most people, 6 a.m. on a Monday can be a little slow. For the Logos School Mock Trial Team, Monday mornings are spent in the Latah County Courthouse, debating and acting out case materials to prepare for competition. This particular mock trial program has a legacy to uphold, and it is apparent students want to keep it alive. "It is very much engaging and interactive," said head coach Chris Schlect, who has been coaching the team since 1996. "Students have to be poised, think on their feet and react quickly." sonya An A and a B team represent Logos. Between the two teams, the school has won the state real slots online competition yearly since 2004. "They get a fantastic experience and the great honor of representing Idaho going to nationals," Schlect said. "When we compete at nationals we are not the Logos team, we are the Idaho Mock Trail Team." Hoping to continue the reign, the team has been preparing for the regional competition March 8 in Coeur d'Alene. As part of the Idaho High School Mock Trial Competition sponsored by the Law Related Education Program, the organization distributes case materials to teams in November, giving students time to emerge themselves into the fictional case. "There are over 100 pages of materials to wade through of fictitious scenarios and then we have a big fight about it in the courtroom," Schlect said. "There are elements that resemble debate and drama. Some students are role-playing fictitious characters." Schlect said the same packet of materials is provided to teams around Idaho and includes the same information an attorney would have to argue a case. The case is used in the regional and state competition. If the team moves on to nationals they are provided a different case to learn in the six weeks leading up to the competition. Teams take turns representing the plaintiff side against another school representing the defense, switching roles in different rounds. "It teaches us how to think on the spot and work together as a team," said sophomore Sofia Minudri. This is the second year Minudri has participated in mock trial. She said she doesn't see herself being a lawyer in the future but she enjoys the speech and debate aspects of the program. "It teaches us how to be poised in awkward situations," Minudri said. On Saturday, the teams participated in a courtroom scrimmage against an opposing team consisting of alumni from the Logos program. Latah County Prosecuting Attorney Bill Thompson, also a team coach, stepped in to judge the case while parents and other teammates made up members of the jury and audience. The Logos team ran as plaintiff - next Saturday they will be running defense against the alumni team to gear up for the upcoming competition. The case they are arguing involves a fictionalized story about a riot that broke out in Twin Falls, Idaho, after a daredevil attempted to jump a motor rocket over the Snake River Canyon. After delaying the event for two hours, the daredevil failed to complete the jump. His emergency parachute deployed and he careened into the canyon, causing a growing, alcohol-infused crowd to become upset and destroy the event site. The city of Twin Falls was left to clean up the damages. Junior Jameson Evans represented one of three members on the plaintiff side of the case, calling to the stand witnesses and providing paper work to be used as evidence. "My heart starts beating so fast," Evans said. "Some rounds are way more intense than other rounds." Evans has been on the Logos team for three years and said going to nationals was the best week of his life. "I love hanging out with the team," he said. "We spend so much time together and have really good memories." Students have to try out for the extracurricular program, integrating debate, drama and law components. Schlect assigns students roles based on their strengths and talents. He said the team helps teach students deeply important life skills and he is incredibly proud of them each year. "Our program has developed momentum over the years," Schlect said. "In some ways it might be the Logos School's 'Friday Night Lights.' "