By Rikki King Herald Writer
BOTHELL — Salli Smith got two birthday surprises from Snohomish County Sheriff John Lovick this year.
First, he threw her a birthday gathering and invited her coworkers from Woodside Elementary School in the Bothell area.
Then, Lovick announced that he and his wife, Karen, would be donating $4,000 to the school to honor Smith’s late husband, John Smith.
John Smith gave much to the community, and Lovick wanted to continue his legacy. The two were neighbors for years.
“He was probably one of the best friends I’ve ever had in my life,” Lovick said.
Salli Smith is the longtime officer manager at the school, and John Smith often volunteered there, reading to kids and helping with field trips, she said. All of the Lovicks’ children attended Woodside as well.
School leaders decided to spend the money on a new electronic marquee sign in John Smith’s name.
The sign cost $7,000, the rest of which was donated by the Parent Teacher Association, Salli Smith said.
A dedication ceremony for the new sign was held Nov. 1. The children welcomed the sheriff and his command staff as they drove into the parking lot, Lovick said.
“It was just a wonderful event, great for the students, great for the community and great for the school,” he said.
The ceremony included a show by motorcycle deputies, and some students read aloud thank-you notes they’d written.
The new sign helps continue the memory of John Smith, Salli Smith said.
“I just really appreciate it,” she said.
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