To The Editor
June 16, 2009
Transition to high school rife with harmful experimentation As a 14-year-old, I have looked upon the lives of many teens stumbling to find their way through to high school. Although I am young, I have witnessed much more than you may realize.
In a middle school as safe as mine, I am still surrounded by smokers, druggies and kids who have sex after school. Even with our health teachers telling us how harmful these acts may be and trying every way possible to prevent us from performing them, it is still no use.
It is difficult to understand why teens do these things. Stress? Friends? Family? As a child, I can see where these kids are coming from, but why they would turn to such things, I could never imagine. Talking and encouraging kids only goes so far, as teens my age find it hard to talk about what they are feeling. This often causes depression, and possible suicide.
This problem can never be fully solved, but it can be helped. Teens need to feel like they can talk and not keep it bottled up inside. They should not feel embarrassed, scared or ashamed to let it all out.
If you are a parent, let your child know he or she can always come to you for help. If you have a friend who is smoking, doing drugs, or generally depressed let them know that you’re there to help them and encourage them to talk to a trusted adult and if they are not comfortable doing that, to call a help hotline. It could save a life.
Relay For Life
Thank you to all who helped make this year’s event a successful fundraiser
Thank you to those who supported this year’s Relay For Life.
The 2009 American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Issaquah was a spectacular event for close to 1,000 Issaquah and Sammamish residents, largely in part to members of our community.
Several local businesses stepped up to sponsor this year’s relay by providing publicity, on-site event support and entertainment, logistical assistance and more. Gold sponsors included Overlake Hospital Medical Center, The Issaquah Press and Action Entertainment. Silver sponsors included the Issaquah School District, KPMG and the Kiwanis of Issaquah. Bronze sponsors included Pogacha of Issaquah, Foot Zone of the Eastside, Domino’s Pizza and the Issaquah/Sammamish Reporter.
In addition to our fantastic sponsors, several volunteers helped make the 2009 Relay For Life a success. Thank you to the amazing volunteers from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for your assistance in setting up for the event. Thank you to the ladies of Pure Indulgence Hair Design for your efforts at the cutathon.
And, saving the best for last — thank you for this year’s team captains and our participants for your fundraising efforts and for making this year’s relay so much fun. Thank you to each member of the 2009 planning team for the time and energy that you have put forth during the relay season to plan and prepare for our event, as well as your contributions during the event itself.
Together, we have made a difference through our contributions to the American Cancer Society. Together, we have made an impact on the fight against cancer. See you on the track in 2010!
Karen Conley and Stacy Strickland
2009 Relay For Life event co-chairs
Thank to the Issaquah community for supporting transition program
We would like to thank the volunteers who came out in force to support Issaquah Middle School’s Panther Passage (formerly Spring Forum).
Panther Passage is a tradition at IMS that provides our eighth-graders the opportunity to present a portfolio of their middle school accomplishments to a panel of community validators. The students’ reflections on their growth and development provide a springboard from IMS to the ninth-grade campus and high school. The eighth-graders truly value the feedback they receive from members of the community.
Over the past few weeks, we have been joined by hundreds of volunteers from the Issaquah School District, IMS and feeder elementary school families, city of Issaquah, business and service groups, and retired Issaquah teachers. It has been truly gratifying to see how this community came together for our eighth-graders.
In addition, the teaching, administrative and custodial staffs at IMS were invaluable in helping ensure that Panther Passage went smoothly. We could not have done this without all of you! We so appreciate your time and talent!
Congratulations to all of the graduating IMS eighth-graders. We wish them much success as they move on to the ninth-grade campus.
Susan Meyer and Vicki Hahn
2009 Panther Passage co-chairs
Army’s Freedom Team Salute program honors local soldiers and their families
Another Memorial Day, a time to remember all military veterans, has passed. I note almost daily as I read through the obituaries the number of veterans who are leaving us. There seems to be more lately.
I would like to remind Issaquah Press readers that I continue to be a volunteer ambassador for the U.S. Army’s Freedom Team Salute program. This is a free outreach program to thank all U.S. Army veterans for their service to our country. Let’s honor the Army veterans in our lives now while we still can.
Army veterans will receive an official commendation package from the Secretary of the Army and Army Chief of Staff that includes a personalized letter of thanks and certificate of appreciation, an Army lapel pin and two U.S. Army decals
All I need is the name of the honorably discharged Army veteran (active, Army Guard or Army Reserve) and address. You may also include rank if known, but it is not required. Please send the information to my e-mail address at Arthur.Farash@us.army.mil. Or, if you prefer, call me at 888-6518. You can also go to www.freedomteamsalute.com to honor your Army veteran today. This free commendation package will arrive within three to four weeks.
Let’s thank our U.S. Army veterans now while we can.
Art Farash, chief warrant officer 3, retired
U.S. Army Freedom Team Salute volunteer ambassador, North Bend