Totem Falls students aid groups
The Snohomish Education Foundation received a $500 donation from members of the Totem Falls Elementary School student council. The council raised nearly $2,200 for charity during a recent candy-gram drive.
Students elected to split the funds between the education foundation's Hanson Shoe Fund, which purchases new school shoes for students in need in the Snohomish School District, and Children's Hospital in Seattle.
Snohomish honors Girl Scouts
In honor of the 100th birthday of Girl Scouts USA, the Snohomish City Council honored local Girl Scouts with a city proclamation.
The proclamation was drafted by senior and ambassador Girl Scouts from Snohomish Service Unit 223 and presented at the City Council meeting March 6 by Mayor Karen Guzak, a Girl Scout alumna. Presenting the flag and representing Snohomish Girl Scouts at the meeting were Charlotte Robinson, Carolyn Yip, Mia Fleming, Elizbeth Jackson and Lynnaya Snyder.
Little League gets new equipment
Dwayne Lane's Arlington Chevrolet has joined forces with the national Chevrolet Youth Baseball program to provide new equipment, instructional clinics and money to the Stilly Valley Little League.
The dealership presented the Little League with 10 new equipment kits complete with equipment bags, baseball buckets, whiffle balls, hitting net, batting tees and T-shirts. The sponsorship also includes youth clinics featuring former major league players and coaches. In addition, Tommy Lane presented a $500 check to leaders of the Stilly Valley Little League.
County employees help food bank
The Snohomish County Treasurer's Office raised more than $5,500 for the Everett Volunteers of America Food Bank.
The funds were raised during the annual Snohomish County Employees March Against Hunger food drive.
The group had help for its raffle from Judd & Black and Ace Hardware, as well as from individuals who donated cash for the purchase of an iPad for the raffle.
Retired teachers award scholarships
At its annual scholarship luncheon March 15 in Everett, Sno-Isle Unit 22 of the Washington State School Retirees Association awarded college students Suzie Olsen and Graeme Kausela another year of scholarship help from the association. Each receives $1,000 to continue their education to become teachers.
Unit 22 also raised $2,000 to give 20 $100 grants to teachers in the school districts of Snohomish County. Grant winners were chosen by lottery, and the money went to teachers in Stanwood, Everett, Arlington, Snohomish, Granite Falls and Marysville.
Marvin Kanenan and his wife, Jean Wahlstrom, presented a program for the retired teachers about their work at the MaaSae Girls Secondary School in Tanzania.
Eagle Scout helps Arlington park
Kennedy Englert, 15, of Boy Scout Troop 92 was awarded his Eagle Scout rank at a Court of Honor in March at Pioneer Hall in Arlington.
Kennedy started scouting as a Tiger Scout when he was in first grade. He has been a member of Cub Scout Pack 92 and Boy Scout Troop 92, sponsored by Arlington American Legion Post 76. Kennedy has been assistant patrol leader, patrol leader, scribe and is currently the senior patrol leader for Troop 92. He has earned 23 merit badges and currently is working on the automotive maintenance, cooking and biking merit badges. A freshman at Arlington High School, he plays the trumpet and the baritone, and plans to become a veterinarian.
His Eagle Scout service project was installation of 24 campfire rings and construction and installation of two large picnic tables at the Country Charm Park and Recreation Area in Arlington. Kennedy worked with Bill Blake of the city of Arlington on the project. The project took 180 hours to complete and there were 27 volunteers including Scouts and family members of Troop 92.
Troop 92 has hiked and camped all over the state and has made trips to Crater Lake, Oregon, and Glacier National Park in Montana. The troop donates many service hours to local assisted living homes, the American Legion and the community of Arlington. Kennedy is the son of Dave and Teri Englert, his Eagle Scout adviser is Rene White and the Troop 92 scoutmaster is Darin Janda.
Rotary Club donates to five organizations
The Rotary Club of South Everett-Mukilteo has made donations totaling more than $13,000 to five nonprofit organizations: Little Red School House, Cascade High School, Casino Road Boys & Girls Club and Hand in Hand and Guitars for Troops.
Little Red School House, www.littlered.org, plans to use the money for its Early Learning Groups at Children's Village.
Hand in Hand, another agency at Children's Village, operates a "safe place shelter" that provides care and support for children entering foster care. More information is at www.handinhandkids.org.
Casino Road Boys & Girls Club, serving both Mukilteo and Everett School Districts, provides recreation and companionship for youth ages 5 to 18 years old. To learn more, go to www.bfcsc.org.
Cascade High School will use the funding for its Career and College Center and will help defray the costs for 100 senior students to participate in a planned field trip to Edmonds Community College and Lake Washington Institute of Technology.
Guitars for the Troops provides musical therapy to troops serving overseas and recuperating from injuries.
For more information, go to www.aurorafitzsimons rotary.org.
Banners to honor fallen soldiers
Everett Eagles Aerie 13, Everett Normanna Lodge 3, Everett Elks Lodge 479 and Everett Fleet Reserve Branch 170 together raised more than $3,000 to buy 32 banners recognizing and honoring fallen military service members.
The banners are to be used by the organizations as tributes in parades and patriotic events. The majority of the money was raised through a successful progressive dinner.
Girl Scout volunteer honored for service
Debbie Scott, long-time treasurer of Snohomish Girl Scout Service Unit 223, was honored in February by Girl Scouts of Western Washington.
Scott received a volunteer appreciation pin for her many years of dedication to Girl Scouts. The award is presented to volunteers who go beyond expectations to contribute to and promote a positive Girl Scouting experience.
Scott continued on as treasurer for Service Unit 223 even after her daughter graduated from Girl Scouts. She has been on the service unit management team for more than 12 years.
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