Etc. - 12/28/09

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Retired Union Pacific Railroad Employees representatives Lavonne and Ted Bren donated two Christmas baskets for delivery to two families from Garrison Middle School, according to the Dec. 18 Walla Walla School District online newsletter Week in Review.

A few students, and school counselors Steve Pitzer and Bunny Baker, accepted the donations on behalf of the school. The counselors delivered the baskets to two families in need.

Members of the railroad association annually donate to assist Garrison families. "Their donation allows us to reach out to families in need during this holiday season," said Josh Wolcott, assistant principal.

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Kathi Debroeck, a Walla Walla High School business and occupational education teacher, was honored recently by Wa-Hi Latino Club members. They chose her as the club’s Staff Member of the Month for December.

Recognition is based on her faithful service to club students. "As a staff member, Mrs. DeBroeck is making a significant impact on all students at Walla Walla High School," an item in the Dec. 18 Walla Walla School District online newsletter Week in Review reported. Club members said that "Mrs. DeBroeck is super nice and helpful;" "Her patience says it all," "She is the nicest teacher I ever had," and "She helps me when I can’t understand something."

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Walla Walla High School’s three Advancement Via Individual Determination classes organized "Winter Closet Clean Out," under the direction of AVID teachers Sherry McConn, Mike Gobel, AVID Director Mike Gwinn and AVID club officer Jose Beleche, Lizzette Gomez, Janellea Bermudez and Nancy Zamora, all juniors.

Wa-Hi aluma Stacey Martin, advocate from YWCA Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Resource Center, presented to the AVID classes earlier this month on how children and families would benefit from the project.

Stacey told them families often must leave violent and abusive situations in their homes never to return and without any of their personal belongings, the Dec. 18 Walla Walla School District online newsletter reported.

"Students have donated coats, shirts, pants, gloves, mittens, toys, toiletries and many other needed items," Mike said.

"The three classes have over 1,600 items donated which were delivered to the YWCA today."

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or afternoons at 526-8313.

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