Workout event to benefit students

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The creators of Walla Walla's Cardio Strength Bootcamp are planning a workout event designed for the body and mind this month.

Marc Yonts and Scott Tibbling, two local teachers who run the bootcamp, are opening up their fitness program to anyone who donates $5 worth of school supplies.

The "Push Ups for Pencils" workouts will be offered Aug. 22 and 24 at the Sharpstein Elementary playground. Participants need to bring just $5 worth of school supplies in order to participate. The donations will be given to the Walla Walla School District for students who need items.

The workouts begin at 6:15 a.m. and feature bodyweight exercise, TRX suspension trainers, sandbells, kettlebells, exercise ropes and medicine balls in an outdoor environment. Participants will use metabolic resistance activities. No prior experience is necessary, and exercises can be modified to fit various fitness levels.

For more information contact Yonts at 540-9553 or myonts@charter.net; or Tibbling at 240-4126 or stibbling@yahoo.com. More details are also available at cardiostrengthbootcamp.com.

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Walla Walla Public Schools is teaming with Starbucks coffee shops for a School Supplies Drive this month.

Both the downtown and Plaza Way Starbucks locations will collect supplies to help families in need.

The collection efforts reflect the Seattle coffee company's mission to support education and community needs, local managers Michelle Westlund and Dustin Funderburg said in an announcement.

"It's a huge focus of Starbucks," Funderburg said in a release. "We need to be involved in our community and have a positive impact. We are excited to partner with the schools and help support families in need of school supplies."

Donations can be taken to the local operations throughout August. For more information, contact Mark Higgins, communications director for Walla Walla Public Schools, at 526-6716 or mhiggins@wwps.org .

Strictly Business is a local business column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at vickihillouse@wwub.com or 509-526-8321.

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