Etcetera - 06/15/11


Children's Home Society of Washington and the Walmart Associate Volunteer Program 2476 co-sponsored the second annual community wide Relay for Hope "Walk Away Child Abuse" event.

Organizers wanted to raise awareness on the devastating effects of child abuse and neglect and spread the message that a strong family supports the development of healthy children.

This year 220 dedicated community members took a stand on May 6-7, with the HomeTeam Parent Aide Program in Walla Walla.

One dedicated family, Tara Crain, Jeromy Kerby, Kayla Crain, Brie Green and Jamie Wallingford have such a strong passion for child abuse prevention that they participated a second year and walked 15 miles - a total of 60 laps around the track.

In recognition of the 400 hours and 56 employees who donated their time to the event, Walmart Foundation donated $5,000 to support child abuse prevention. Nearly $7,300 was raised that day.

"We are incredibly grateful to the local Walmart, Walmart Foundation, and all the volunteers for their support in making this year's event such a wonderful way to raise awareness on this important issue, " says Meagan Anderson-Pira, Community Service Manager at Children's Home Society of Washington. "With their help, the HomeTeam Parent Aide Program can work towards creating a community without child abuse and neglect."

All proceeds benefited the HomeTeam Parent Aide Program, a partnership with the Walla Walla Exchange Club and Children's Home Society of Washington.

Several area students earned degrees from Oregon State University in Corvallis, which held its 142nd annual commencement June 11 with the largest graduating class in its history.

More than 4,600 students are in the class of 2011. Preliminary data showed that 4,619 students were to receive 4,815 degrees.

More degrees went to women, 2,443, than men, 2,372, and the average age of the class is 25. The oldest graduate is 63; the youngest, 19.

Area graduates include: Delvin E. Peterson, doctor of philosophy, mechanical engineering, College Place; Amanda M. Peters, bachelor of science, psychology, Dayton; Karlee A. Strickland, bachelor of arts, summa cum laude, liberal studies; Andrew M. Stull, bachelor of science, athletic training; Sheila J. Thurber, bachelor of science, summa cum laude, biology; Derrek J. Vipond, bachelor of science, food science and technology, all of Walla Walla.

Samantha Gormsen of Pomeroy made the University of New Haven spring semester dean's list.

Full-time undergraduate students must have a 3.50 or better cumulative GPA for the semester to be eligible.

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at or afternoons at 526-8313.


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