Etcetera - 12/17/10

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The first weekend in December, Pioneer Middle School students from the Explorer Program for gifted learners volunteered to collect food at Grocery Outlet, the Dec. 10 online Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review reported. They received 1,000-plus pounds of food to support the Walla Walla School District's Holiday Food Drive.

"We heard some amazing stories from people who donated," teacher Dan Calzaretta said. "We spoke with a gentleman who was on food stamps and still donated a can to us. Another man told us Blue Mountain Action Council was there for him when he was in need and he appreciated what the kids were doing. And then there was a woman who grew up during the Depression. She told us she understood what it was to be hungry. What started as a friendly competition between eighth-grade advisories at Pioneer turned into a life lesson for our students. That is the power of education."

In addition, the Walla Walla Public Schools "Fill the Bus" event amassed close to 5,000 pounds of food for BMAC's food bank. Staff, students and parents volunteered at four area grocery stores on Dec. 4. The food drive continues through today. Collection barrels are located at all district schools and the central office. "Fill the Bus" tallies as of Dec. 10 were Albertsons, 1,593 pounds; Safeway, 1,120 pounds; Super One, 712 pounds; Harvest Foods, 709 pounds.

Application packets are available at Columbia REA's Dayton and Walla Walla offices and at high schools in Columbia REA's service area. Application packets are also available online at www.columbiarea.coop.

Funding will be begin in fall 2011. Awards are open to members or dependents of members with an active account served by Columbia REA and will be given on a competitive basis to eligible applicants.

The $1,500 Clark A. Brewington Memorial Scholarship academic award will go to the highest-scoring applicant. Two other academic scholarships of $1,000 will be awarded. The scholarships may be renewed for up to three consecutive years, as long as recipients remain students in good standing with at least a 2.75 GPA at an accredited institution.

The final scholarship is for eligible applicants who plan to pursue a career in the electric industry as a journey lineman. The one-year, $1,000 Jeff Meredith Scholarship was established in memory of Jeff Meredith, a journeyman with CREA.

The submission deadline is Feb. 18 and recipients will be notified by March 31. Scholarship winners will be introduced at the annual membership meeting in April.

Contact Annie Charnley Eveland at annieeveland@wwub.com or 526-8313.

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