Students from Edmonds and Lake Stevens schools spent a week as pages in the Washington State House of Representatives.
Syirria Christensen, a student in the Edmonds School District and from Marysville, was sponsored by State Rep. June Robinson, a Democrat from Everett.
Nylah Harrington, a student at Lake Stevens High School, served as a page last week. State Rep. John Lovick, a Democrat from Mill Creek, sponsored her for the position. Pages have several responsibilities and tasks, from presenting the flags to distributing amendments on the House floor. They also receive daily civics instruction, draft their own bills and participate in mock committee hearings.
Lots of giving from Everett Elks
The Everett Elks Lodge No. 479 celebrated a year loaded with philanthropy.
Several efforts were dedicated to military families and veterans. The social club provided 12 monthly dinners with door prizes and games at Sebastian Place, an apartment complex for 20 formerly homeless disabled veterans. Its members also visited the Seattle VA hospital monthly to play bingo, provide sandwiches and pastries donated by Karl’s Bakery, and gave each veteran a door prize. They also donated 63 backpacks filled with school supplies to children of active military personnel.
At the Snohomish County Stand Down event, 200 breakfast sandwiches, water and coffee were provided to veterans. The Elks also provided 39 welcome home packages, each valued at $300, of new household goods for formerly homeless veterans who received housing. During a Veterans Day dinner, 100 veterans were fed and two won pairs of Seahawks tickets.
Schools and students also received a share of the Elks’ giving last year. Students at Sequoia High School were provided with $2,500 in clothing, diapers and personal care items to from Elks. The North Middle School counselor’s office received two iPads for use in suicide prevention. Members gave student leadership development materials to Madison Elementary School.
In December, the Elks Lodge distributed 120 holiday food baskets for families.
Childcare center celebrates opening
The Kids Foundation Academy Childcare Center celebrated opening in Edmonds with a ribbon cutting Jan. 18.
It started as a family home daycare in Bellevue, but moved into a childcare center at 21827 76th Ave. W., Suite A in Edmonds for children ages 1 to 5 years old.
More info: 206-795-5147, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.kidsfoundationacademy.com
Molina Healthcare, Community Health Center keep people warm
Molina Healthcare of Washington and Community Health Center of Snohomish County distributed hundreds of beanies, thermal socks and gloves to Everett residents on Tuesday.
The organizations distributed 288 pairs of gloves, 288 beanies, and 288 pairs of thermal socks at the Community Health Center in north Everett. Health insurance information was also provided.
College grad from Everett gets Fulbright scholarship
Darrel Alexander Thiel is serving in Malaysia for a year on a Fulbright scholarship. The former Everett student graduated with honors from Azusa Pacific University in May 2019 with a bachelor’s of science in biology.
Lynnwood Police Department welcomes new communications manager
Joanna Small joins the Lynnwood Police Department as its new public affairs and communications manager, following a 15-year career in journalism.
Most recently, she was a TV news reporter with the local station KIRO 7. There she covered the North Sound, from Snohomish County to the Canadian border.
Chief Tom Davis created the position to share the work of the police department.
“I saw all the good work being accomplished by the men and women of this department and wanted to find a way to tell those stories in a thoughtful and professional manner,” he said in a press release.
Small is an Emmy-award winning reporter with an education in broadcast news. She’s covered outlets in North Dakota, the mid-west and the Pacific Northwest.
“I’ve always loved Lynnwood and feel at home here,” she said in the news release. “I’m excited to translate all the awesome work the police department is already doing into a medium everyone can watch and appreciate.”