Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review reported that Pioneer Middle School POWER students hosted a successful Power Night and open house Sept. 28. More than 300 people attended.

Displays highlighting student activities and support programs filled the lobby.

Parents learned about student support programs such as Gear Up, Mariposa, the Millennials After School Program, College Bound and the Parent Teacher Student Association.

They also received information about Associated Student Body, POWER, Natural Helpers, PALS and National Junior Honor Society, some of the many activity programs available to students at Pioneer.

A chili dinner was served and parents and student could listen to a short program by PTSA President Holly Carrera and PTSA Treasurer Norrie Gregoire that encouraged parental involvement.

Assistant Principal Jack Mehn outlined Pioneer's philosophy of rewarding students who are doing the right thing.

Parents and students also visited teachers in their classrooms and areas of interest in the building, such as student services.

Walla Walla High School's Crest Club members elected new officers for the 2009-2010 school year, including Sandra Marin as president.

She will be joined by Adanna Escobar, vice president, Kylar Boggs, secretary, and Emma Miller, treasurer.

Crest Club is an all-senior girls' academic honors club.

They support numerous activities on campus, such as the annual American Red Cross Blood Drive, breast cancer awareness efforts and the Holiday Food Drive.

Michelle Higgins, Wa-Hi social studies teacher, is club advisor.

Parent Robert Lintner received a special gold shovel from Nancy Withycombe, principal at Edison Elementary School, during the school's recent dedication ceremony in appreciation of his donation of hundreds of photos documenting the Edison construction project.

Robert documented the project from beginning to end with his camera.

He said he was honored to provide the gift to the school district for its historical files.

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


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