Young philanthropists cook up Canvas and Cupcake Fundraiser

February 19, 2013

Chirag Vedullapalli and Amol Garg, like other 12- and 13-year-olds, love making art.

They also love helping others, and two have teamed up to host an afternoon of creative fun for children in the hopes of raising enough money to fulfill one child’s dream through the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

“Both of us are passionate about art and we like giving to charity, so we came up with an idea to help charity and follow our passion at the same time,” said Amol.

Contributed Costco CFO Richard Galanti (left) and CEO W. Craig Jelinek meet with Chirag Vedullapalli and Amol Garg to discuss the young boys’ organization Creative Children for Charity. One of their events is the Canvas and Cupcake Fundraiser, selling paintings (above right) for Make-a-Wish Foundation.

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Costco CFO Richard Galanti (left) and CEO W. Craig Jelinek meet with Chirag Vedullapalli and Amol Garg to discuss the young boys’ organization Creative Children for Charity. One of their events is the Canvas and Cupcake Fundraiser, selling paintings (above right) for Make-a-Wish Foundation.

The seventh grade student at Pine Lake Middle School added that as he speaks both Hindi and English, art is his third language.

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International Relations

February 19, 2013

Creekside Elementary School cultural fair celebrates diversity

Hola, hallo, salam, dia dhuit, an-nyung and alo are all ways to say “hello,” and as children made their way around the 34 booths Feb. 8 at Creekside Elementary School’s cultural fair, they learned greetings from around the globe.

“I think it’s very well done and very well thought out. And it’s very fun to be in,” fourth-grader Anthony Berlongieri said.

Risha Anumolu, 6, performs with her dance troop at the Creekside Cultural Fair on Feb. 8.

Risha Anumolu, 6, performs with her dance troop at the Creekside Cultural Fair on Feb. 8.

His own family can trace its roots back to many places, including Italy, Poland, Ireland, Scotland and Germany, but that night the 9-year-old was busy learning about his classmates’ heritage. He perused booth after booth, practicing saying “hello” in the native tongue, sampling different delicacies and collecting stickers for his passport. Read more

World events should be important to everyone

February 19, 2013

It seems as though students disregard major world events such as the dictatorship in Syria, or the rape in Delhi, India, because it does not have any effect on their life. It needs to be known that because something does not affect someone personally, does not mean that it is an excuse to not be educated about a subject.

Would students tell their math teacher that they did not do their homework last night because it just doesn’t matter to them? Perhaps some brave souls would use that excuse with a teacher, but most would do the assigned homework because it is their responsibility as a student, and in the end will be beneficial when it comes to tests and university level courses.

Hall Monitor Andie   Giron Skyline              High School

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Andie Giron
Skyline High School

Politics and world issues are essentially the same concept. If people take a little time out of their day and read the news or do Web research about a current event, it will prepare them for their future life as an adult.

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Library system is finalist for national award

February 19, 2013

The King County Library system is one of two Washington state finalists for the National Medal for Museum and Library Services.

The award, presented by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, is the highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community. The Pierce County Library system is the other state finalist.

Finalists are selected from nationwide nominations. They are chosen because of significant contributions to their community.

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GriefShare helps mourners through difficult times

February 19, 2013

If there is one certainty in this life, it is the fact that we cannot walk this Earth for an infinite amount of time. Friends, families and lovers cannot escape the inevitability of mortality.

If you have not experienced the death of a loved one, and the grief that accompanies it, you will; but the thing is, you do not have to face it alone, said Louise Dippenaar, a GriefShare facilitator with a background in psychiatric nursing.

“We all have to face death one day. All of us have to go through that. It’s a part of life,” she said. “GriefShare simply offers a support to people to work through that grief experience in healthy ways.”

GriefShare is an international program that utilizes a support group setting to assist those who are grieving the death of a loved one. Each session, guided by a facilitator, includes a video seminar and the opportunity to interact with others who have experienced similar losses.

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Liberty student honored for work in Israel

February 19, 2013

Melissa Blue, a senior at Liberty High School, is being recognized by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards programs as a top youth volunteer.

Sponsored by Prudential in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the national program is now in its 18th year and recognizes middle level and high school students for their outstanding community service. Blue is one of six students in Washington and 234 nationwide who were named Distinguished Finalists for their impressive community service activities. Each will receive an engraved bronze medallion.

During her two years at the American International School in Israel, Blue conducted research into environmental hazards to encourage farmers to reduce the use of pesticides.

“When you consider the collective impact of each of these individual acts, it’s clear that young people can be a major force for good,” said JoAnn Bartoletti, executive director of the association.

Learn more at www.spirit.prudential.com.

Community gives big bucks to Liberty boys’ basketball, Sunny Hills

February 19, 2013

The Issaquah School Board approved more than $17,000 in donations to local schools Feb. 13.

Most of that money, $11,560, was donated by Jeffrey McKee to support Liberty High School’s boys’ basketball team. The funds will help pay for transportation, uniforms, equipment and supplies.

Sunny Hills Elementary School also got a boost when the PTA there donated $6,000 to help pay for supplies and services for enrichment programs.

 

 

Arthur N. Wallace

February 19, 2013

Arthur N. Wallace

Nov. 25, 1926 — Feb. 11, 2013

Loving husband of Lorraine and beloved father of Bill, Judy, Ardis, Bob and John.

Also survived by 12 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

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Birth: Alexandra Gustafson

February 19, 2013

Katie and Eric Gustafson, of Tinley Park, Ill., welcomed a second daughter into their family.

Alexandra Ruth was born at Silver Cross Hospital, in New Lenox, Ill., on Nov. 12, 2012, weighing 8 pounds, 8 ounces and measuring 21 inches.

Alexandra Gustafson

Alexandra Gustafson

She joins her sister, Georgia, 3 1/2.

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Engagement: Fenn, Krueger

February 19, 2013

David and Ruth Fenn are happy to announce the engagement of their daughter Lauren, to Jeff Krueger, the son of Doug and Deb Krueger, of Selah.

Fenn, Krueger

Fenn, Krueger

Lauren is a 2003 graduate of Liberty High School who lives in West Seattle. Jeff, a 2002 graduate of Selah High School, is a resident of Issaquah. Although they met through a mutual friend, both Lauren and Jeff work for Alaska Airlines.

The couple, together with their families, is planning a September wedding

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