To the Editor
July 24, 2012
Thanks to everyone for great day
I want to thank the Rotary Club of Issaquah for the very successful 15th annual Challenge Race for kids with mental and physical challenges.
Forty-five kids with challenges had an exciting day of racing. It provided a thrilling experience for the participants and resulted in a lot of big smiles. It was a day that they and their parents will not forget for a long time.
The many hours of planning and tremendous amount of work on race day by the Rotary members have made this a very special event for the families of challenged kids in our community. Thanks, Rotary Club. You made the day for a lot of families.
Leo Finnegan and Life Enrichment Options board
July 4 editorial
Candy isn’t the end of the world
Get a life, Issaquah Press. I’m referring to the editorial on tossing candy at the Fourth of July parade.
This is an event of families, children and animals. It’s not the Torchlight.
I wasn’t distressed about the children making a mad dash for tossed candy, and others around me found it fun and entertaining.
For the most part, candy was handed out by other children in the parade.
What disturbs me is wasting an editorial on silliness, creating a mountain out of nothing. Issaquah residents count on The Press for news and maybe responsible editorials concerning major issues, not candy in a small town parade.
Required classes crowd out electives
When I was a student at Issaquah High School, there weren’t as many required classes as there are now. I was able to take accounting classes and other business classes. I eventually became a business education teacher.
In the late 1990s, I worked at IHS after school in the Business Lab, where kids could get help and use the typewriters.
On June 30, I attended the funeral of someone who used to work at May Valley Elementary School. Among the mourners was someone who used to teach business classes at IHS. After the service, I went over to talk to him.
He told me that because of all the required classes that the state wants kids to have before they graduate, as well as what school district administrators want students to have before they graduate, that there is no “Business Department” unless you mention DECA in the Issaquah School District.
What happens to those kids who want to take accounting before they graduate? What happens to the kids who need to learn how to type/keyboard? Where do they go?
I saw where one of the school board members wants to add one more requirement that kids have to take before they graduate. How are they going to take classes they want to explore if the school board/state requires all these other classes?
I really feel sorry for the kids in the Issa-quah School District. It is no wonder Issaquah can’t offer vocational classes to their students. The school board and the state are making them take so much other stuff. Give the kids a break.
Thanks for a successful event
Thanks to a group of energetic volunteers, the Issaquah History Museums’ Heritage Day was an unmitigated success. Hundreds of children and their adult companions visited the historic Issaquah Train Depot on July 4 to experience Issaquah’s past hands-on.
Guided by a “Passport to the Past,” participants visited a series of stations that provided interactive opportunities to learn about Issaquah’s history. After visiting each station and stamping their passports, visitors received an old-fashioned candy-stick.
One of most popular stations for children and adults alike gave visitors an opportunity to operate a historic pump car on the railroad track behind the depot. Nearby at a station celebrating Issaquah’s logging heritage, children made cedar shakes similar to the ones that protect the depot’s roof. Inside the depot, visitors learned about the importance of coal mining to Issaquah’s development.
Elsewhere, children kneaded dough and relished bread spread with butter they had just made out of fresh whipping cream. At a dress-up station, parents were just as enthusiastic as their children in trying on vintage garb. And outside under a canopy, visitors cooled off in the water while scrubbing clothes with hand-made soap.
We are grateful to our volunteers who staffed the stations with enthusiasm and boundless good humor: Tom Anderson, Marilyn Batura, Bill Bergsma, Marilyn Boyden, Molly Bracket, Charles Cerar, Jean Cerar, Barb deMichele, Jane Garrison, Pauline Harris, Barbara Hinds, Rowan Hinds, Monita Horn, Barb Justice, Joan Newman, Ed Seil and Dave Waggoner.
We would also like to thank the Festivals Committee for graciously welcoming Heritage Day as part of the Downhome Fourth of July festivities.
Most of all, we thank the children, and the adults who accompanied them, for attending the event. To see the delight on the children’s faces (and those of the volunteers) take a look at Stan Matsui’s photos at www.tinyurl.com/heritageday2012.
Erica S. Maniez, museum director
Issaquah History Museums