Etcetera - 11/07/11

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Walla Walla High School's Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps Blue Devil cadet battalion and ASB members will honor area veterans during a special, free ceremony open to the community on Thursday. The assembly will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Wa-Hi Gymnasium, 800 Abbott Road. Veterans and their significant others are asked to arrive about 8 a.m. to be greeted and signed in, according to a release.

Organizers say veterans are those who were honorably discharged from or retired from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard during any era, from World War II to the present. Family members may attend and participate in place of deceased veterans.

The event will include a featured speaker, brief video program, slideshow of Wa-Hi graduates who are veterans, a saber arch and personal introduction and short veteran bio for all the veterans in attendance.

Organizers say significant others are "especially welcome. They also served while their veteran was away from home."

There will be reserved parking designated for attending veterans. For more details, call the Wa-Hi JROTC program office at 509-527-3035 or email wwhs_rotc@wwps.org.

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The Walla Walla-Columbia County Retired School Employees Association is offering two $1,000 scholarships to prospective teachers or candidates in other school-related fields who will student teach or do an internship experience in an educational setting. Applicants must be high school graduates in Walla Walla or Columbia counties and student teach or intern between September 2012-June 2013. Applications are available now and must be submitted by April 1. For more details, contact Mardel Bierwagen at: 509-525-6117 or gbierwagen6117@charter.net .

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Pioneer Middle School sixth graders in Kim Gradwohl's advisory class swept into the lunch room and performed a "Flash Mob Dance" as part of National Mix it Up at Lunch.

Teaching Tolerance launched the national campaign 10 years ago. The event encourages students to identify, question and cross social boundaries.

Pioneer students grabbed chewing gum from a can as they entered the cafeteria and then sat with students who had the same color of gum.

This is just one activity aligned with the school's Where Everyone Belongs or WEBs program.

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