The students in Marci Milfs' kindergarten class at Cedar Park Christian School's Everett campus joined with "The Spirit of Christmas" organization to provide Christmas gifts for two military families that are struggling financially. It was their goal not only to reach out to their community, but to teach the children the meaning of Christmas.
One of the families is a military family in their school and the other is a military family who lives in the neighborhood of their school.
Both families are struggling financially this Christmas. The family from their school has three girls who are in kindergarten, first grade and fourth grade.
The other family has one 2-year-old daughter and is expecting a baby boy in early January.
"The Spirit of Christmas" organization gave Christmas stockings filled with items and four toys for each of the four children. The class donated gifts of clothing, including coats and shoes.
Students selected for state festival
Centennial Middle School eighth-grade band students Costa Angelos, Wyatt Nelson and Gabe Tonks have been selected to perform in the 2013 Washington Music Educators Association Junior All-State Honor Festival as part of the All-State Bands.
They were selected by audition to participate in the event schedule Feb. 16 in Vancouver, Wash.
Costa plays trombone, Wyatt plays trumpet, and Gabe will play the euphonium.
Mariner principal earns WESCO title
Mariner High School principal Brent Kline has been selected as the WESCO 3A/4A Conference principal of the year for 2012.
He and the winners in other conferences are now in the running to become the state's principal of the year.
Kline started as the high school's principal in 2003 and is now its longest-serving principal.
During the last few years, Kline has led a focus on mathematics by implementing interventions that include daily collaboration among math teachers and an after-school program that requires the attendance of students who are not meeting standard.
Granite Falls district honors students
The Granite Falls School District announced its first quarter Success in Education award winners.
Student winners Brooke Claxton, Alex Cunningham, Jesse Hills, Jenasea Hott, Semira Kern, Jessaca Laboda and Hunter Theriault were recognized at the Dec. 5 school board meeting.
Success in Education Awards are presented quarterly to students that show an understanding of the importance of education and provide service to other students, staff or the community.
Arlington Rotary club honors students
The Rotary Club of Arlington has selected Sara Regelbrugge of Darrington High School, Crystal Inman of Weston High School and Kendal O'Kinsella of Lakewood High School as its outstanding students of the month for November.
Sara, a senior, has been a cheerleader for four years, a member of the varsity softball team, and student body president. She plans to attend the Art Institute of Seattle and become an interior designer.
Crystal, a senior, is planning a career in technology. She was nominated for her diligence in earning credits, being respectful to staff and students, and showing personal responsibility for her learning.
Kendal, a junior, has a 4.0 grade point average and is taking all honors and college preparatory classes. She is a varsity volleyball player and recently led her school to its highest district finish in 15 years.
Professor named GreenFaith Fellow
David Ellingson, a professor at Trinity Lutheran College in Everett, has been named a GreenFaith Fellow and will join the 2013 Class of the GreenFaith Fellowship Program.
The program includes education and training to prepare lay and ordained leaders from diverse religious traditions for environmental leadership. Each fellow writes his or her own eco-theological statement and carries out a leadership project in the local community, mobilizing religious leaders in relation to an environmental issue.
Ellingson joined the Trinity Lutheran College faculty in 2004 after serving the church for more than 30 years in campus ministry, parish ministry, regional administration, and college and seminary teaching.
He currently teaches courses in youth and family ministry, human development, spirituality and social justice. He is a pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Ellingson will join a class of 21 people from different religious backgrounds.
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