The Martha Lake Elementary School PTA and students donated 478 night lights for firefighters to give to older adults at risk of falling. Falls are the leading cause of 911 calls from older adults in southwest Snohomish County. (South County Fire)                                The Martha Lake Elementary School PTA and students donated 478 night lights for firefighters to give to older adults at risk of falling. Falls are the leading cause of 911 calls from older adults in southwest Snohomish County. (South County Fire)

The Martha Lake Elementary School PTA and students donated 478 night lights for firefighters to give to older adults at risk of falling. Falls are the leading cause of 911 calls from older adults in southwest Snohomish County. (South County Fire) The Martha Lake Elementary School PTA and students donated 478 night lights for firefighters to give to older adults at risk of falling. Falls are the leading cause of 911 calls from older adults in southwest Snohomish County. (South County Fire)

Martha Lake Elementary students donate night lights for elders

Falls are the leading emergency calls for older adults in southwest Snohomish County.

Students at Martha Lake Elementary School donated more 478 night lights for South County Fire crews to give to older adults to prevent falls.

Firefighters accepted the donations during an all-school assembly on Jan. 23. Students wrote notes or colored pictures to go with each night light.

This is the fourth year the Martha Lake PTA has collected night lights for the Shine A Light to Prevent Falls program. Falls top the list of emergency calls for older adults in southwest Snohomish County, where there were more than 1,800 calls about falls last year.

A night light in the bedroom, bathroom or hallway can help older adults see where they’re going and avoid tripping over objects.

Most falls occur at home and most are preventable. South County Fire offers home visits for older adults and their family members to identify ways to improve safety. To schedule a home visit or learn more about South County Fire’s falls prevention services, email falls@southsnofire or call 425-551-1266.

South County Fire is the largest provider of fire and emergency medical services in Snohomish County, serving more than 250,000 residents in unincorporated communities and the cities of Brier, Edmonds, Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace.

Sophia Rennert, a senior at Snohomish High School, received an American Vision Award for this artwork, “Eggs,” in the 2020 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

Sophia Rennert, a senior at Snohomish High School, received an American Vision Award for this artwork, “Eggs,” in the 2020 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

Schack Art Center recognizes 176 young artists

The Schack Art Center will display works of 176 young artists who received Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

The 97th Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is the country’s longest-running and most prestigious scholarship and recognition program for creative students in grades 7 to 12. This program year, nearly 340,000 works of art and writing were submitted. The Snohomish County Art Region’s young artists received 273 regional honors, including Gold Keys, Silver Keys, Honorable Mentions, and American Visions nominations from Schack Art Center.

The public can view the Scholastic Art Portfolio Exhibit Jan. 29 to Feb. 23 in the Emerging Young Artists’ Gallery. An exhibit of the individual entries will be featured in the Mezzanine Gallery from Feb. 3 to 23 with the opening reception 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, at the Schack Art Center.

That same evening will include the Scholastic Art Awards ceremony beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Historic Everett Theatre, 2911 Colby Ave., Everett.

Regular gallery hours are: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday; and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The Regional Scholastic Art Awards are co-sponsored by the Schack Art Center and its H’Arts Patrons, City of Everett Cultural Arts Commission and Wells Fargo.

For Gold Key works of art in the Awards’ 18 art categories, including architecture, painting, printmaking, video game design, and more, the opportunities for recognition will continue when the works are judged again on a national level by a panel of leading creative professionals. National Gold Medalists will be announced in March 2020 and will be honored during a special awards ceremony at the world-famous Carnegie Hall in New York City in June 2020. All National Medalists are eligible for additional opportunities such as inclusion in the Art.Write.Now.Tour traveling exhibition.

Antonio Mejia Wolf, a senior at Kamiak High School, received an American Vision Award for this artwork, “Kamiak,” in the 2020 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

Antonio Mejia Wolf, a senior at Kamiak High School, received an American Vision Award for this artwork, “Kamiak,” in the 2020 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

American Vision Nominees/Best of Show Recipients

Everett High School — Katy Peters

Glacier Peak — Amelia Ebling

Kamiak — Riley Cooke, Antonio Mejia Wolf

Snohomish — Sophia Rennert

Gold Key Recipients

Cascade — Emelia Feldman

Edmonds Woodway — Tessa Fleming, Giselle Iseli

Everett — Nghi Ly, Angelina Mckelvie, Maya Morris, Katy Peters (2)

Glacier Peak — Amelia Ebling, Cecily Jones, Angie Rengach

Harbour Pointe — Elizabeth Chuesh

Henry M Jackson — Yeeun Kim, Catherine Nguyen

J Art Academy — Annette Lee, Susanna Lee (2), Olivia Pak (3), Seoeun Song

Kamiak — Seanna Brown, Riley Cooke, Ella Johnson, Angie Kim (7), Edward Lee (2), Ambrose Leiske, Eleena McRae, Antonio Mejia Wolf (2), Elivia Nelson, Jacob (Cobi) Stancik, David Wells, Dascha Wright

Lynnwood — Hannah Tang

Mariner — Vanessa Lombos, Layla Owens

Meadowdale — Maia Aikens

Monroe — Benson Boone, Liliya Smirnova

Mountlake Terrace — Clare Kaiyala

North Creek — Maya Bingham, Juliette Park

Sky Valley Education Center — Jerrilyn Brower (2), Jack Gardner, Elsie Hill, Zach Speer

Snohomish — Kyle Forstie, Anisa Jacobson, Dakotah Kjelland, Sophia Rennert

Stanwood — Kayla McNeill (2)

The Art Workshop — Leo McLean

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