Audubon gives teacher projects a boost
The Pilchuck Audubon Society awarded Classroom Conservation Awards to several local teachers: Andrew Fritz, Lake Stevens; Kim Moritz, Snohomish; Trina Whitaker, Mukilteo; Jessica Conte, Monroe; Marcella Wise, Mukilteo; Polly Muller, Monroe; Joan Litzkow, Everett; Christine Cobb, Marysville; Stephanie Chlebowski and Steve Metzger, Snohomish; and Anna Walter and Erin Alfieril, Edmonds.
The goal of the award is to instill in elementary students a sense of need to conserve and protect natural resources. Multiple $400 awards are made annually to Snohomish County public and private school teachers.
The grants are made possible through a generous gift from former teachers Phil and Laura Zalesky. Phil Zalesky died Oct. 18 at age 89, leaving behind a legacy of conservation and education.
Examples of funded projects this year included books to help elementary-age students identify birds in their research garden, a composter for lunch scraps, a worm bin and books for kindergartners about recycling.
Lake Stevens college student now an officer
Michael Schneider of Lake Stevens earned his associate’s degree on Dec. 14 from Marion Military Institute in Alabama and was also commissioned as a second lieutenant.
Schneider enrolled in the Army ROTC’s Early Commissioning Program at Marion, an accelerated path to officer ranks that allows students to complete their Army ROTC training requirements in just two years instead of the usual four.
As a sophomore at Marion, Schneider held the junior college’s top leadership position of battalion commander, in addition to membership in the Honor Council and Phi Theta Kappa honor society. Having earned a 3.55 cumulative GPA, he graduated cum laude from Marion.
Schneider is assigned to the Army Reserve 361st Psychological Operations Company in Bothell and plans to complete his bachelor’s degree at Central Washington University.
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