Inspired students raise funds for Oso

This is a follow-up to the letter to the editor published on April 9 regarding the kindness of Glacier Lane’s owner toward our special education program students, and how it inspired them. (“Students’ generosity repaid in kind’”).

The students in the Connections program at Olympic View Middle School in the Mukilteo School District gave up their earned free time in class to facilitate a school-wide fundraiser for the victims of the Oso Landslide. At the end of the fundraiser almost $2,300 was raised! On May 20, the Connections students visited Umpqua Bank to deliver a check made out to the Cascade Valley Hospital Foundation — Oso Landslide Relief Fund. The staff at Umpqua Bank were very gracious with the students, facilitating a tour and providing them with an ice cream treat. The president of the bank, Ray Davis, even telephoned the branch and thanked the students personally for their efforts.

Our purpose of this letter is to celebrate the students, parents and staff who worked synergistically to raise this money. It’s good to see the “pay it forward” principle in action. It is a great reminder that the kindness of one person/business can make a difference. We hope that our actions inspire others to continue generosity toward our neighbors, their needs will continue for years to come.

The Connections Staff:

Pamela Lane, Merrilyn Lagerquist,

Lani Turner, Jayme Bourque

Rhonda Norman

Olympic View Middle School

Mukilteo