Drive collects record amount of toiletries
AAA’s Soap for Hope donation drive recently collected and distributed a record 105,079 bars of soap and other toiletry items for charitable organizations throughout the state and northern Idaho. This represents a 68 percent increase compared with last year’s collection of 62,712 items.
The Everett, Lynnwood and Mill Creek AAA offices alone collected more than 16,000 toiletry items. All items collected at the Everett, Lynnwood and Mill Creek offices were donated locally to Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County.
AAA Washington promotes their annual Soap for Hope toiletry drive in the fall and winter every year.
Camp Fire clubs make valentines
The Immaculate Conception-Our Lady of Perpetual Help School Camp Fire USA clubs recently held a drive to make valentines for hospitalized veterans.
In honor of this national project, the school’s clubs, comprised of students in kindergarten through the fifth grade, gathered to make valentines and listen to a presentation given by retired Navy Lt. Theresa Schaudie. She spoke about the history of the USS Abraham Lincoln and stayed after her presentation to help make the cards.
Club members made more than 50 cards that will be sent to recovering veterans.
Camp Fire USA kids from Snohomish County made close to 900 valentines this year for veterans.
Eighth-grader serves as page
Dylan Scanes, an eighth-grader at Immaculate Conception School in Everett, took time away from his studies in January to participate in the Senate Page Program at the state Legislature.
Dylan was one of 22 students ages 14 to 16 who participated. He delivered mail, ran errands and performed other duties. Dylan’s visit was sponsored by state Sen. Nick Harper, D-Everett, of the 38th legislative district.
Dylan is the student body vice president at Immaculate Conception. He is a Boy Scout and volunteers at the food bank. Dylan is the son of Mike and Mary Scanes of Everett.
Heritage School Principal Shelly Lacy was among 16 women honored in January by the Northwest Asian Weekly Foundation. Lacy was recognized for her volunteer work in preserving and teaching Lushootseed, the native language of the Tulalip Tribes and other Coast Salish tribes in the state.
Lacy was accompanied to the awards ceremony by Marysville Superintendent Larry Nyland and Gail Miller, assistant superintendent.
The theme for the ceremony was “Heritage Keepers: Preserving and educating for the future.”
Volunteer wins Holmes award
Sammye Kempbell, of Coupeville, is the 2012 Jan Holmes Island County Coastal Volunteer of the Year.
The coastal volunteer award is named in memory of Jan Holmes, an Island County marine scientist.
The award is co-sponsored by the Island County Marine Resources Committee and the Washington State University Extension Beach Watchers program.
Beach Watchers coordinator Barbara Bennett said Kempbell is passionate about marine stewardship and local history, and is a talented educator and story teller.
Kempbell became a WSU beach watcher in 2003 and since has logged more than 4,000 hours of volunteer time as a “beach lady” offering information to people on local beaches. She also has recruited, trained and coordinated the efforts of new volunteers.