Washington State Penitentiary employees once again collected school supplies and brought them to the Walla Walla School District for distribution to students unable to afford them. WSP employees Mary Moss and Joanne Sams delivered boxes of supplies that can be used by students of all ages.

Donna Painter, new principal at Berney Elementary School, received a sweet treat from Care-a-Lot Preschool owners Nancy and Jesse Griffin.

The pair made Donna a homemade, custom-decorated Berney Bulldog cake as a welcome present on the first day of school. The preschool is across the street from Berney on Pleasant Street and School Avenue.

The Griffins wanted Donna to feel welcome and to let her know they are ready to support her.

The cake featured lifelike characters, including a bulldog, doghouse, dog bone and grass field. Donna said, "It looks so real. I wish I could keep it and put it in a display case. It's just beautiful."

Kristin Boggs, Care-a-Lot Preschool director's assistant, helped coordinate the effort, according to the Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review online.

The first James G. "Jim" Kibler Agriculture Scholarship went to Trevor DeVore, according to Jim's son, Jamie Kibler, a Walla Walla area farmer and cattleman.

Trevor grew up in Enterprise and is a junior agriculture systems management student at the University of Idaho.

The Kibler scholarship honors contributions Jamie's dad made to farming and cattle in Walla Walla County, the Northwest and beyond. Jim Kibler died in April 2008.

The annual scholarship is administered by Blue Mountain Community Foundation. For more details, contact Jamie and Jeannie Kibler at or call 529-8029.

Providence St. Mary Medical Center and Albertsons teamed to help area children with a back-to-school supplies drive. The items will be donated to Walla Walla Public Schools.

Employees from St. Mary and Albertsons stuffed school supplies into backpacks and boxes at the Walla Walla Eastgate Albertsons.

Special Education Director Marcia Walters, Berney Principal Donna Painter, Berney Learning Specialist Angie Gardea and Principal on Special Assignment Connie Taylor Randall represented the school district and assisted with packaging the school supplies.

St. Mary also provided a surprise $500 shopping spree. The district team purchased $25 gift certificates to support homeless or in-need students. The school supplies will be delivered to area schools soon.

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


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