Community Extra: Applause

Business community helps teens go to college

Next Generation Project high school graduates converged June 11 upon the Mill Creek Fred Meyer with $500 gift cards to use for college essentials.

Advancement Via Individual Determination inspires and supports students to make college a reality. Most AVID students are the first in their families to attend college. They may have little or no support to afford higher education.

Each student is headed off to college, thanks to the Everett School District’s AVID program, Rotary of Everett’s commitment of $200,000 and hundreds of volunteers to support the students’ success, and $50,000 from the Gates Foundation.

Fred Meyer provided the shopping event gift cards at a discount and arranged the group’s special shopping trip on an evening when bonus coupons can make the cards stretch even further.

Sky Valley backpack program gets two grants

The Sky Valley Food Bank received two grants from the Greater Everett Community Foundation.

A grant from the Human Services Endowment Fund will be used to provide food for the food bank’s weekend emergency backpack program at Frank Wagner Elementary School for the 2013-14 school year.

The program provides backpacks full of food every weekend for children who are receiving free or reduced-price lunches and breakfasts at school.

The second grant from the Coastal Community Employee Giving Fund will be used for general operating expenses.

Soup’s On twice a week at Langley church

Cooks for the Soup’s On soup kitchen in Langley have been sporting new matching uniforms, thanks to longtime volunteer and cook Dan Saul.

Soup’s On feeds about 300 people every week with its free meals, served 12-1:30 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at the Island Church of Whidbey, 503 Cascade Ave. About 30 volunteers put it all together, some of them for 10 years.

Young musicians often volunteer their talents. Among them are Gabby and Livy Barlow, who play their violins and then help serve meals. In the past, Julianna Larson Wickman played with them on mandolin.

Hawkins House honors Lake Stevens firefighters

The Lake Stevens Hawkins House hosted an appreciation of service event for the Lake Stevens Fire Department on June 14. The residents invited the firefighters to discuss fire safety and an emergency assistance system built into the apartments of Hawkins House.

Public Educator Jennye Cooper discussed fire safety. Paramedic and firefighter Jerry Aamold told residents what to expect when they use their emergency assistance system or call 911.

Hawkins House presented the Fire Department with certificates of appreciation.

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