That’s a whole lot of love (and food)
The Granite Falls High School leadership team, along with staff and many volunteers, spent two full days sorting and organizing donations from the community for an annual food and gift drive.
This year’s drive brought in 22,443 items and $10,527.25 in monetary and gift card donations. The district “adopted” 204 families, and over 500 children received gifts for the holidays. The local food banks each received a large moving van load of food as well. It took two days to deliver all the items.
“Thank you all for showing this community a sign of love,” said Eric Dinwiddie, a teacher and advisor to the student leadership team.
More generosity from Cascade
Cascade High School in Everett holds a massive food drive each year. This year’s event brought in 91,144 cans, $20,784.35 and over 900 gifts, which filled the school’s gymnasium. The school was able to serve 179 families and provide large donations to the Volunteers of America food bank. Extra gifts and food were donated to Hand-in-Hand.
A joyful noise in Mill Creek
Students from Cedar Park Christian School’s Mill Creek campus spent two days at Brookdale Assisted Living in Mill Creek before their Christmas break to sing carols, deliver handmade cards and angel ornaments, and share cookies, muffins and quality time, playing puzzles and card games.
The children wore their festive best and sang several songs with residents, ending with “Jingle Bells.”
The school’s kindergarten and third-grade classes visited one day, while middle-school students visited on a different day.
Not-so-secret code after school
Over 60 students in grades 2-6 at Seaview Elementary School in Edmonds participated in an “Hour of Code” on Dec. 12. After being dismissed for the day for the holiday break, the students gathered at computers set up in the library, computer lab and multi-purpose room to learn the basics of computer science.
A similar “Hour of Code” event was held earlier in the week at Chase Lake Community with nearly 30 students participating.
The “Hour of Code” is an introduction to computer science, with the vision that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science, according to the Code.org website.
Rotary honors outstanding juniors
Meadowdale High School Junior Student of the Month is a program sponsored by the Rotary Club of Edmonds. Each month, staff nominate an outstanding junior who has demonstrated leadership, scholarship and citizenship. Students are recognized and presented with a plaque and gift certificate to Edmonds Bookstore.
The most recent Students of the Month were Leila Mengesha for October and Raymon Zhao for November.
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