Arlington students host event to remember slide victims

ARLINGTON — Students from across the Arlington school district came together for an evening of dancing, games and remembrance Thursday night as Post Middle School hosted the Oso Strength and Unity Dance.

According to faculty coordinator Robin Foster, the dance was a time to remember those lost and appreciate those still with us.

Motivated by their motto, “After a mountain moves, we will move a mountain,” a group of Post Middle School eighth-graders in a leadership class taught by Robin Foster organized the dance. The event was attended by more than 1,000 students.

“We wanted everyone to know we’re here for them and unite all students from the three schools,” student Devin Kennedy said.

The organizers extended an invitation to all middle school students from Oso, Arlington and Darrington to join in the festivities. The Arlington School District provided transportation, and a DJ donated music for the dance.

Middle school students who attended the event either made a donation of food or money to gain entrance. The donated food was collected for the Arlington Food Bank and more than $2,000 was raised for the North Counties’ Family Services Relief Fund in Darrington.

Other activities at the event included bingo, ping-pong, a retro video game room, Foosball and a cake walk.

Through a grant secured by the Post Middle School PTSA, there was plenty of food for everyone. Pizza, donuts, snow cones, popcorn and cotton candy were provided for all students at no cost.

“Everyone had a smile on their face the entire night,” eighth-grader and co-organizer Curtis Welch said.

To honor their late classmate, Jovon “JoJo” Mangual, the students planned a game involving rubber duckies to incorporate the mascot of JoJo’s favorite team, the University of Oregon.

For the past two months, students of Post Middle School have orchestrated a myriad of events to support those affected by the Oso slide. Immediately after the mudslide, students donated their school gym to the Red Cross.

The students also received thousands of yellow shoelaces, donated by Converse and Nike. The middle school students wear the laces to remember JoJo. Yellow was his favorite color.

“The littlest things help in the community,” Kennedy said.

More in Local News

Man, 29, injured by shots fired at Everett thrift store

The gunfire followed an argument in the parking lot of Value Village on Evergreen Way.

Inslee’s budget solves school funding with help from carbon

His budget would use reserves to boost education, then replenish them with a carbon tax or fee.

Police: He made an appointment, then tried to rob the bank

A lawyer is accused of donning a fake beard and telling a teller that a gunman was outside.

Drive-by shooting reported in Marysville neighborhood

Police said there was no evidence to indicate it was targeted at a specific person or property.

Celebrating the origins of Christmas

LDS church holds annual nativity festival featuring more than 600 sets.

Trooper’s car struck when he was arresting man for DUI

She drove away but was arrested for investigation of driving under the influence and hit-and-run.

Police looking for leads in case of missing Snohomish man

Henry John Groeneveld, 63, was last seen on Monday, when he said something about going to “the river.”

Lynnwood robbery leads to lockdown at Edmonds schools

Edmonds police said it was just a precaution as they search around Edmonds-Woodway High School.

Marysville 7-Eleven hit by armed robbers

Officers set up a perimeter and brought in a police dog, but the man couldn’t be found.

Most Read