Volunteers from the Rotary Club of Arlington and local Cub Scouts planted trees at Stormwater Wetland Park on May 1. (City of Arlington)

Volunteers from the Rotary Club of Arlington and local Cub Scouts planted trees at Stormwater Wetland Park on May 1. (City of Arlington)

Scouts, Rotarians collaborate to restore an Arlinton park

Rotary and Cub Scouts plant trees in Arlington

Stormwater Wetland Park has some new greenery after 25 volunteers from the Rotary Club of Arlington and Cub Scouts took over the park for a morning of service on May 1.

The restoration project included planting 128 trees in a half-acre existing Native Growth Protection Area. The trees were donated through a partnership with the Village Experience Learning Center and the City of Arlington Stormwater Department.

Everett Animal Shelter fundraiser exceeds goal

The shelter set out to raise $10,000 in its annual “GiveBIG” fundraiser. So far, over $13,500 has been raised.

The funds will be used to help rehabilitate abandoned, abused, neglected and homeless pets in the community, providing them with vaccines, medical care, special diet food and more.

GiveBIG will accept donations until midnight on May 10th.

EvCC plant swap tradition revived

Everett Community College’s annual plant swap was canceled in 2020. This year, Dennis and Jill Ryan took it upon themselves to make it happen. They were determined to keep the tradition alive and to share their love for gardening.

They provided 1,554 plants that they either raised from seed and from cuttings to 118 staff and students who asked for plants. They also gave away bug houses, worms for compost bins and some pots made by Dennis, who was a longtime EvCC employee.

They found a way to get plants to people, following state guidelines of physical distancing.

High schoolers win accolades at automotive skills competition

The Edmonds School District Automotive Performance Club made a virtual appearance at the Washington State Skills USA Championships and four high schoolers earned high marks.

The students from Meadowdale High School earned some of the top honors in the state.

Cameron Skinner won first place and Maxwell Bird took home third place in the competition’s automotive service category. In the automotive maintenance section, Britain Smith was first place and Jonah Peterson came in second.

Skinner and Smith will move on to compete nationally in their respective categories.

Senior from Lake Stevens wins Amazon scholarship

Lake Stevens High School senior Madisen Cordell earned a $40,000 Amazon Future Engineer Scholarship to fund her pursuit of a secondary degree in computer science and mathematics.

The program is aimed to inspire high schoolers with an eye on science to pursue it as a career by offering award recipients $10,000 annually at an accredited four-year college or university, as well as a paid summer internship at Amazon after their freshman year of college.

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