Etcetera - 10/20/10

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Ellen and Jim Wolf gifted a $500 grant to Lincoln High School through Blue Mountain Community Foundation, reported the Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review online. Ellen is former Walla Walla Public Schools superintendent.

The grant helped fund "The Weekend," a student leadership activity at Camp Wooten that strives to build positive relationships and improve the school's climate, the Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review online said.

Jim Sporleder, Lincoln's principal, said, "Generous gifts such as this have helped us do special things for our Lincoln students."

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On Oct. 11, a variety of pink hues were out in force when Prospect Point Elementary students and staff organized a schoolwide Pink Out to raise awareness for breast cancer research and a cure.

Kate Van Cleve, a fifth-grade teacher there and fifth-grade students in the Peer and Leadership Support or PALS program planned the activity.

Pink shirts, hats and even tutus were visible on students in all grade levels in support of the effort. They formed a "Pink Crew" to make posters, do school announcements and reminders.

Kate said she is proud of the students' leadership to make the inspirational project successful.

"We have many students in our school whose lives have been touched by breast cancer, and (Principal Chris) Gardea and the staff saw this as a great way to show support to those students," Kate told Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review online.

PALS helps make everyone feel welcome and its members act as leaders to teach good behaviors to all.

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Linus Van Pelt of Charles M. Schulz' cartoon strip Peanuts would be so pleased. During the week of Oct. 11-15, it appeared that The Great Pumpkin swooped into town. Make that Great Pumpkin helpers -- Washington State Penitentiary staffers all -- who delivered thousands of pumpkins to area elementary schools as an early Halloween treat for students.

The pumpkins were raised under the care of inmates on the penitentiary grounds, the Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review online reported.

Kelly Fulbright, a WSP employee, said inmates take pride in growing the pumpkins for area children.

"The inmates enjoy doing something positive for the community and children. It's quite a process to grow this many pumpkins, but the end result of seeing all of the smiling faces make it very worthwhile."

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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