Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation recently awarded a $5,000 "Toolbox for Education" grant to Pioneer Elementary School in Arlington for a climbing-wall structure. Pioneer Elementary was one of 1,000 schools or parent organizations to be awarded the grant among public schools across the United States.
Family members and friends of Pioneer Elementary students used the grant to complete a new climbing wall on the school playground. Construction was completed in July.
More than 500 students attend Pioneer Elementary School.
UW Bothell holds science fair for fifth, sixth grades
The University of Washington Bothell recently hosted its fourth annual Space Huskies Science Fair for fifth- and sixth-graders.
Retired NASA astronaut Wendy Lawrence was the keynote speaker. Lawrence is a veteran of four space flights with more than 1,225 hours in space.
Students from Madison Elementary School and Evergreen Middle School joined students from King County schools to work with UW undergraduates to create projects exploring the challenges of human settlement on Mars.
Everett student wins poetry contest
Jessica Simpson, 14, of Everett recently won an Editor's Choice Award in a poetry contest for a poem she submitted to the International Library of Poetry.
Jessica's poem "Laughter" was published in the poetry organization's poetry anthology.
Simpson plans to attend Cascade High School as a freshman. She was first chair in band during eighth grade.
Everett middle schools help Salvation Army
Students from Evergreen Middle School, Heatherwood Middle School and Eisenhower Middle School recently collected 5,226 pounds of food, valued at $7,900 to donate to the Salvation Army Food Bank in Everett.
Diana Gadek, director of the food bank, and staff members Theresa Kemp, Deborah Cox and Amy Routsala worked with the students to make sure the food bank received crucial items.
Education Foundation awards $17,250
The Northshore Public Education Foundation recently awarded classroom grants ranging from $320 to $1,000 for a total of $17,250 to schools in the Northshore Public School District.
Teachers and schools receiving grant money for the 2008-09 school year included Heidi Lothspeich and Jennifer Soper, Arrowhead Elementary; Erin Gaskill, Canyon Creek Elementary; Tim Rhoades, John Rodger and Anne Oakdale, Crystal Springs Elementary; Peggy Roberts, Frank Love Elementary; Lisa Hensler, Kenmore Elementary; Janet Hudson, Maywood Hills Elementary; Peggy Kirchgessner, Tracey Guyor and Brad Tenney, Moorlands Elementary; Suzanne Avery and Andy Larson, Westhill Elementary; Pam Smith and Wendy Coleman, Woodmoor; Pattie Perham, Northshore and Kenmore junior high schools; Terri Davis and Judy Ellis, Secondary Academy for Success; and Terry Ley, Bothell High School.
Schools plan to use the awards to purchase books, audio and video materials and other items to enhance student learning and to help students achieve the district's literacy goals.
Other grants are slated to support science, accounting, physical education and foreign language. One grant will support a partnership between the Secondary Academy for Success and 21 Acres.
Alexandra Taber, a Lockwood parent, received a grant to expand Lockwood Math Club.
County students receive $3,000 scholarships
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Greater Washington Chapter, recently awarded scholarships worth $3,000 each to 10 Snohomish County students who have or whose parents have MS. They were among 100 students in Washington to receive the awards.
The scholarships were made possible by contributions from a number of sources, including The O'Donnell Family Foundation, Schoenfeld Gardner Foundation, Lockwood Foundation, The Norcliffe Foundation and Alfred and Tillie Shemanski Testamentary Trust.
First-year scholarship recipients by city were Renee Kohler, Bothell; Erin Taylor, Brier; Sean Driscoll, Lake Stevens; Alexander VanHoudt, Marysville; Mattheu Root, Snohomish; and Curt Liljegren, Woodinville.
Second-year recipient was Brian Foth, Everett.
@1. a BODY STYLES:Third-year recipients were Danielle Fletcher and Stefanie Worl, Everett, and Michael Driscoll, Lake Stevens.
Fourth-year recipient was Erika Taylor, Brier.
Snohomish student named to Dean's list
Snohomish student Ashley Julian recently was named to the dean's list at Eastern Oregon University for winter term 2008.
She was among more than 500 students enrolled at the college who were named to the list. To qualify for the dean's list, students must achieve and maintain a grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale while completing a minimum of 12 hours of graded course work for the duration of the term.
Eastern Oregon University is in La Grande, Ore.
Eighth-graders receive presidential awards
Twenty-five graduating eighth-graders in a class of 48 at St. Mary Magdalen School in Everett, recently received Presidential Awards for Academic Excellence.
The awards were signed by President Bush; Secretary of Education Margaret Spelling; and Sister Joanne McCauley, St. Mary Magdalen principal.
The students who received the award were Matthew Adams, Ben Anderson, Anastasia Bernhard, Annie Dang, Connor Fleming, Conor Freeman, Kristofer Hausmann, Melissa Hilgendorf, Aidan Huggins, Colleen Kennedy, Catherine Lasswell, Lauren Luke, Yuliana Mendoza, Kyle Mulvaney, Leo Orozco, Tasha Pabisz, Demi Prokorym, Andrea Sadowski, Andrew Tat, Tony To, Kevin Tran, Antonia Truong, Erin Voyk, Philip Walczak and Kortney Yant.
The award is given to eighth- graders who receive an 85 percent or better overall score on a national standardized achievement test and maintain a 3.5 grade point average or better throughout their seventh- and eighth-grade school years.
Students are University of Puget Sound grads
Joseph Newland and Andrew Hewitt recently graduated from the University of Puget Sound.
Newland, a 2004 graduate of Marysville-Pilchuck High School, received a bachelor of arts degree in biology. He is the son of Mark Newland and Kim Heltne of Marysville. While a student, Newland played on the baseball team.
Hewitt is a 2004 graduate of Archbishop Murphy High School in Everett. He received a degree in exercise science and mathematics. Hewitt, the son of Mary and Rodney Hewitt of Monroe, played varisity soccer at the university.
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