Anna Webb: Salvation Army's Marian Pritchett School celebrates a graduation

awebb@idahostatesman.comJune 24, 2014 

2014 Marian Pritchett School graduates celebrate

The Class of 2014: Students at Marian Pritchett School may face more challenges than most students their age. But that didn’t curb the joy of their graduation ceremony earlier this month.


The school, a partnership between the Salvation Army and the Boise School District, allows pregnant and parenting teens to continue their high school education. The school, which serves students from across the Valley, is the only school of its kind in the area.

The program is a perennial source of inspiring news - young women staying in school despite facing considerable challenges. This year is no exception. The school recently celebrated its 49th graduating class. Thirteen young women received their high school diplomas at a ceremony earlier this month.

Of this year's graduating class, 10 are enrolled at Boise State University or College of Western Idaho. They plan to study a range of subjects, including liberal arts, nursing, pre-veterinary, criminal justice and radiology. One graduate already has a job. Two graduates are participating in the Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation program.

One graduate attended classes at Marian Pritchett but returned to her traditional local high school after delivering her baby to graduate with her class. Two students are on schedule to complete their classwork and graduate this summer.

Student Alexis Brinkerhoff spoke at the commencement ceremony.

"In my time at Marian Pritchett I've had so many ups and downs, but through it all I can honestly say I love this school. It's become a second home to me."

Brinkerhoff received more than $8,700 in grants and scholarships and is enrolled at CWI.

Congratulations to all.

• You can help: The school has a student incentive program where students who are doing well in school can choose parenthood-related items as rewards. Donations for the incentive program, including diapers, wipes, baby and toddler clothes, toys, books, new car seats and maternity clothes, are always welcome. Donations for the Student Incentive Store can be dropped off at the Boise Corps Community Center, 1904 W. Bannock St., Boise.


In the mood for a little road trip? Gus Brackett, historian and writer, will lead a free tour on Saturday, June 28. The tour, in which participants will drive their own cars, will follow the old mail stage route from the Three Creek Store to Jarbidge, Nev.

Meet Brackett and other tour participants at 8 a.m. at the Three Creek Store located 35 miles west of Rogerson. Tour sites include the Hodge Place, which is the oldest standing structure in the Three Creek area, dating to the 1870s; the Crippen Grade, which is the site of the last mail stage robbery in the U.S. in 1916; and much more.

Note: The route is 30 miles long. The last 18 miles are on a gravel road. The last services are in Rogerson, so fill your tanks and bring snacks. The tour begins at 5,500 feet and climbs to 7,000, so, yeah, a jacket might not be a bad idea.

For more information, contact Brackett at 308-4962 or


United Vision for Idaho is throwing its fourth annual Community Progressive, a fun event that brings local nonprofits, artisans, merchants, local musicians and a slew of others together in Julia Davis Park for a day of community building.

This year's event is from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, June 28.

One nice detail: Each year the celebration begins with a "community stage" where participants are able to share one thing that, to them, represents progress in the community. The day's speakers include Boise City Councilman T.J. Thomson. Musicians will play throughout the day at the band shell and on a second stage near the beer garden. Political candidates will also speak during a "meet your candidates" program beginning at 5 p.m.

Booths will offer attendees the chance to learn about the work of 40 Idaho nonprofits. Local food trucks will provide the food.

Find a full program at


Musicians Carolyn Failla, Lisa Stravers and their musical friends will perform from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 25, at the Jim Hall Foothills Learning Center, 3188 Sunset Peak Road, Boise. The program is part of the center's Sunset Series, which focuses on providing "education and inspiration" for adults. Series programs take place every second and fourth Wednesday through July.

The program will include Native American flutes, drums and many more instruments. Participants will be able to experiment with all the instruments.

For more information about the Sunset Series or other Boise Parks and Recreation environmental programs, link to the website at or call 493-2530.


The Boise nonprofit Bustin' Out Of Boise, aka "BOOB," helps local women dealing with medical crises.

One of the group's major fundraisers, Tie One On for the Cure, is from 4 to 8 p.m., Sunday, June 29, in Guerber Park in Eagle. Tickets to the event, which includes live music, raffles and more, are $9. Children age 5 and under get in free.

Proceeds from the event will make it possible for local women to attend the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in Santa Barbara in September.

Get your tickets at the event or contact Karen Thompson at or Tami Fant at

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