Community Extra: Applause

Lynnwood elementary school gets books

College Place Elementary School in Lynnwood received 400 children’s books in December from the Edmonds Friends of the Library and the Edmonds Lions Club. Heather Pickar, librarian at College Place Elementary, decided a book give-away to students was the perfect way to distribute the donated books.

College Place Elementary has 500 students and has the second highest number of English language learners in the Edmonds School District. More than 304 languages are represented at the school, Lions Club members said. “Free book fairs are feeding the minds of our future, and our children are our future,” Pickar told the club.

Eagle Scout renovates Terrace park’s gazebo

The Mountlake Terrace City Council recognized Eagle Scout Troy Lyrberg at its Dec. 17 meeting.

Lyrberg completed his Eagle Scout project with the help of volunteers at Terrace Creek Park. His project included renovating the gazebo picnic shelter by replacing the old cedar shake roof with a new metal roof. Troy worked with city staff to design the project and obtain permits and materials. He secured funding for the project with the help of the Alderwood-Terrace Rotary Club.

“We really appreciate what you did for our community,” Mayor Jerry Smith told the Scout.

“Boy Scouts put in many hours and a lot of hard work on projects that benefit the city and its residents,” said parks and facilities superintendent Ken Courtmanch.

For more information, call Courtmanch at 425-776-1811.

Family Shelter gets help from Tulalip Tribes

The Family Shelter, a program of Interfaith Association of Northwest Washington, is a recipient of support from the Tulalip Tribes Charitable Fund and the Nysether Foundation.

The Family Shelter is an emergency shelter for homeless families who can stay at the shelter for up to four months while looking for housing, adequate income and services to meet the entire family’s needs. The shelter received $10,000 from the Tulalip Tribes Charitable Fund and $2,000 from the Nysether Foundation. For more information, call 425-252-6672.

Weston High School students receive gifts

Weston High School students recently received help from the Arlington community.

Several Weston students depend on the Weekend Backpack Program that gives them backpacks filled with food for days when they don’t have access to the federal lunch program, and a number of students who are classified as “displaced,” school officials said. The needs of the students are great and the community has responded, school officials said.

Arlington Mayor Barb Tolbert joined the Arlington Fire Department in delivering several donations to Weston on Dec. 14. The Arlington Fire Department applied for a grant and donated $500 to be used to buy food for students in the backpack food program throughout the year.

In addition, the Lions Club donated nine holiday dinners for Weston families; the owner of Roston Automotive made a contribution to provide a Christmas to one of the families who had been displaced; Binky Patrol Comforting Covers donated 12 blankets for Weston students who are parents; Holly Sloan-Buchanan and several volunteers put together a “two-week backpack” for students to take home over the winter break; and Thor McIlrath, who owns a retirement firm in Smokey Point and uses the Weston facility in the evenings for retirement classes, provided a pizza party for the entire school Dec. 21.

“We are tremendously thankful for the thoughtful generosity of the Arlington Fire Department in putting these grant funds toward our Weekend Backpack Program. This $500 donation, in combination with the support of the Lions Club and other incredible community members, (allowed) us to provide food for 27 students over winter break,” said Weston High School Principal Amie Verellen-Grubbs.

To submit news for the Applause column, contact reporter Gale Fiege: 425-339-3427;

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