Issaquah schools get creative to bolster ‘culture of kindness’ ideals

August 26, 2014

Kym Clayton has a child who struggles with social skills and speech delays, and in her quest to find help, she stumbled across an idea from a suburban school in Pennsylvania.

By Neil Pierson In June, Sunny Hills Elementary School received its new Buddy Bench, a place for students to confront their emotions and make new friends. Pictured in the front row are Sunny Hills student Evan Baker, and Beaver Lake students Alejandro Calderon and Jade Griffiths. In the back row are Beaver Lake teacher Patrick Ford, Sunny Hills Principal Leslie Lederman and Sunny Hills PTSA President Kym Clayton.

By Neil Pierson
In June, Sunny Hills Elementary School received its new Buddy Bench, a place for students to confront their emotions and make new friends. Pictured in the front row are Sunny Hills student Evan Baker, and Beaver Lake students Alejandro Calderon and Jade Griffiths. In the back row are Beaver Lake teacher Patrick Ford, Sunny Hills Principal Leslie Lederman and Sunny Hills PTSA President Kym Clayton.

Christian Bucks, a student at Roundtown Elementary School in York, Pa., invented a simple but effective way of helping children who were feeling sad or lonely. His Buddy Bench concept — a bench where kids can sit when they’re in need of a friend — has spread like wildfire in less than a year, reaching schools around the world.

Clayton believed the Buddy Bench might be a useful tool at Sunny Hills Elementary School, where she was PTSA president during the 2013-14 school year.

But simply going to a local hardware store and building a bench wasn’t what she had in mind.

“I think it would be really neat to be full circle, that kids are building this bench for other kids,” she explained. Read more

To the Editor

July 29, 2014

 

Relay for Life

Group is still needing   funds to make its goal

On May 31, members from our community took to the track at Issaquah High School for Issaquah’s 2014 Relay For Life. As always, it was those involved who made this year’s Relay For Life an outstanding event and fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

“Thank you” doesn’t seem enough for what the community gave to Relay For Life this year. We are so grateful for: the planning team made of volunteers who spent the year organizing the event; the team captains and team members who raised money and awareness for cancer research during the Relay season; our day of event volunteers who helped set up and prepare; and our sponsors and community businesses that made generous donations.

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Relay For Life 2014

June 3, 2014

Public is invited to join Relay for Life

May 27, 2014

It may be too late to sign up a new team, but the invitation remains open to the public to join in on all the fun at the annual Relay For Life this Memorial Day weekend.

Mayor Fred Butler will kick off the event at noon May 31, setting in motion 767 participants on 93 teams circling the track at Issaquah High School, raising funds for cancer research.

“We have passed our goal of 90 teams and are well on our way to our goal of raising $300,000 for the American Cancer Society,” said event chairwoman Stacy Strickland. “We are currently pacing ahead of this time last year, so we are confident that our Issaquah community will help us reach our goal.”

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EFR goes pink for breast cancer awareness

October 1, 2013

Employees at Eastside Fire & Rescue will again wear pink shirts in October as they show support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Oct. 3-5, 9-11 and 15-17.

While the focus of raising awareness is primarily related to prevention measures and treatment methods of breast cancer, EFR joins with the International Association of Firefighters and many other local and national groups in the fight against all cancers.

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Issaquah Relay for Life has a record weekend

June 11, 2013

In raising money for the American Cancer Society, the annual Relay for Life had a record-setting weekend.

Returning to its original location at the newly remodeled Issaquah High School, Event Chairwoman Gwen Schweitzer said that more teams than ever registered, pulling in the highest sum the 15 years of the event has seen.

“It was fantastic,” she said. “We had a great turnout.”

She said that the 20 -hour relay, which began at 6 p.m. June 7, raised more than $258,000. With a $300,000 goal for the year, she was very pleased with how close the event brought them. Eighty-nine teams took part, besting the previous record of 84 teams, set last year.

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