Etcetera - 09/27/10

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Perhaps you noticed how spiffy the Walla Walla Fairgrounds looked during Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days. Some credit is due members of the Walla Walla High School Latino Club, who worked several different days and evenings to make the grounds look sharp. More than 42 students helped out, said Bill Erickson, via e-mail.

Club members swept and mopped floors and cleaned glass cabinets in the pavilion area. An exhibit of several posters featured pictures of the club's activities during the past year.

Some club members helped set up the Pavilion's scouting area on the second floor.

"Over the past few years the Scouting program has become a significant factor in supporting the Latino Club at the high School. This partnership has increased our ability to serve our students. This year is also the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America," Bill said.

This year, the Club as Exploring Post 311, managed a concession stand and sold food and Coke products at the south end of the grandstand.

The Latino Club also had an entry in the fair parade, "Exploring Post 311, Scouting's Partnership with the Walla Walla High School Latino Club."

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Young people participating at the Community Center for Youth will discover new offerings this fall, according to Johnny Johnson, program manager.

New members are coming in nightly, an item in the Sept. 10 online Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review noted.

Among the new programs are yoga, guitar, self defense/karate and cycle repair 2. Other existing and summer programs have proved so popular they will continue: cartooning, bread baking, Excel 2 Excellence after-school tutoring and computer lab, cooking/nutrition, girls chat and youth leadership.

The CCY focus for all programs is on outcomes. They plan to give back to the community through CCY programs by performing guitar at benefits and hospitals, and making bread and selling it at the Farmers Market. There are new zero-tolerance policies in place regarding cyber bullying, weapons and gang activities. This includes posturing, displaying gang signs or intimidation.

Their aim is to have a renewed reputation as a safe place for "Two Walla" teens to hang out and enjoy themselves in a stress-free environment. "The kids are now experiencing this freedom and the morale runs high." CCY is at St. Patrick's Youth Center, 408 W. Poplar St. It's open from 6-9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays and 6-10 p.m. Fridays.

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