Etcetera - 08/29/11

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Many schools take advantage of free admission through December for class visits to Fort Walla Walla Museum. "It can be a great supplement to classroom teaching of regional heritage," said Paul Franzmann, museum communications manager.

In the last 10 years, more than 50,000 participants have taken advantage of the program. "That is a testimony to (its) effectiveness, as many schools schedule trips each year so their students can get in touch with our shared past," Paul said.

A Teacher's Guide to Fort Walla Walla Museum can help with advance preparation and is available as a .pdf download on the Education page at www.fortwallawallamuseum.org. It can be reproduced for classroom use.

Museum hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily April through October and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays November through March. A classroom tour averages about two hours.

To reserve a preferred date and time, call Don Locati at the museum, 525-7703.

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Walla Walla Public Schools benefitted from Walla Walla Starbucks coffee stores, which provided free coffee to district teachers the first week of school to thank them for helping students succeed.

Starbucks is also holding a Back-To School Supplies Drive this month at the downtown and Plaza Way stores to help families in need of school supplies this school year. Items can be dropped by the shops. Michelle Westlund, Plaza Way store manager, and Dustin Funderburg, downtown store manager, said the partnership is part of Starbucks' mission to support education and community needs.

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Starting at a new school can be daunting. That's why Link Crew Freshmen Orientation is offered at Walla Walla High School. Close to 500 incoming freshmen visited Wa-Hi last Monday and upperclassmen and staffers greeted the newbys with cheers and high-fives.

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Nearly 150 juniors and seniors have volunteered to work with freshmen this year as part of Link Crew, according to a release. English Teacher Matt Shaw said the program will help students have a successful transition to high school.

"Freshmen year is a time when students can get off to a great start in their high school career or start making mistakes that can stay with them throughout high school," Shaw said.

"We want to mentor the students so they have the skills and support necessary to have success in high school and make it a great experience."

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

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