Community Extra: Applause


Everett Christian School volunteers

Students from Everett Christian School fanned out into their communities May 18 for a Serve-a-Thon.

Each class at the school of 98 students took on different projects.

Students in seventh and eighth grades rehabilitated trails at Johnston-Kelly Park. Fifth- and sixth-grade students worked with Casino Road Ministries. Third- and fourth-graders helped out at the Volunteers of America Everett Food Bank, then returned to school to fill new raised garden beds with vegetable plants they will grow for the food bank. Kindergartners brought cheer to seniors at the Marysville Care Center and preschoolers gathered diapers for the babies and mothers served by Pregnancy Resource Center.

More than 40 adult volunteers helped make the day happen. Canyon Lumber, Cedar Grove Composting, Co-Op Supply and Lawn Salon helped create the school’s new garden space.

Wheelchair ramp aids Stanwood man

Disabled veteran David Brekhus of Stanwood can now enter and leave his home without assistance thanks to the wheelchair ramp that volunteer builders Trevor Deleso and Sunshine Vanover of Reliant Homes built for him as part of the Master Builder Care Foundation’s 19th Annual Rampathon event.

Volunteer builders from the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties built 14 other wheelchair ramps during the one-day event. Since 1993, teams from the association have built 320 wheelchair ramps for low-income families.

Camp Fire club paints over graffiti

The Marysville Dog Owners Group got help from a Marsyville Camp Fire USA club to participate in the “Graffiti Paint Out” in April in the city.

Keralee Sherman, Leiah Dschaak, Amber Anderson and Hailey Herrera now plan to go out once a month with the Marysville parks department and paint over graffiti.

Along with painting a fence that is often “tagged,” the girls have picked up trash in the downtown area and collected donations for the food bank.


Retired and senior volunteers thanked

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program sponsored by Catholic Community Services celebrated and thanked nearly 200 volunteers from throughout Snohomish County at the 40th annual Volunteer Recognition Party on May 23 in Arlington.

Snohomish County Councilman John Koster thanked the volunteers for their many hours of service and talked about the value and benefits of volunteering. Music educator Frank DeMiero entertained the volunteers and RSVP Director Paulette Jacobson presented the President’s Call to Service Lifetime Service Award to 13 RSVP volunteers. This award is given to volunteers with more than 4,000 hours of documented volunteer service.

Honored this year were Caroline Ritchie of Edmonds; Ethel Naples, Gene Morehouse, Kristin Culleney, Lucille Dupree and Mary Bower of Lynnwood; Rose Johnson of Everett; Charlotte Tindall and Karen Morse of Marysville; Mary Ann Krauel of Tulalip; and Darlene McClay, JoAnn Walston and Linda Carlson of Stanwood.

Arlington mayor visits Girl Scouts

Arlington Mayor Barb Tolbert spoke at the Arlington Girl Scouts award night in April.

The fifth-grade Junior Scouts of Troop 42168 earned the Bronze Award, the highest award available to Junior Girl Scouts. The Bronze Award recognizes a commitment to excellence as a Scout develops skills to meet the challenges of life.

The girls hosted a Daddy-Daughter Dance to benefit Arlington Food Bank, they tutored students at Pioneer and Presidents elementary schools and they taught other Girl Scouts how to reduce the use of chemicals to improve the environment.

Navy JROTC member honored

Shandale Garcia, a member of the Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, has been honored by the Pilchuck Chapter of Daughters of the American Colonists.

A cadet, Garcia attends Marysville Pilchuck High School. She was recognized for her leadership, patriotism, maturity and service.

Masonic Lodge honors top citizens

The Arlington Masonic Lodge has recognized Marietta Roth and Michelle and Steve Heiderer as the lodge’s Howard Christianson Citizens of the Year.

Roth and the Heiderers are volunteers in the Arlington community.

Among other activities, Roth has made lap quilts for veterans and the Heiderers have volunteered with the Stillaguamish Genealogical Society.

To submit news for the Community Extra Applause column, contact reporter Gale Fiege at 425-339-3427 or

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