ETCETERA - Traffic Safety Task Force plans several community events

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Several entities are teaming to ensure safety among the youngest commuters in our community, according to an item in the online Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review.

Safe Kids and the Traffic Safety Task Force will join with the YMCA and Dayl Graves Inc. to sponsor a car seat checkup event at the auto dealership from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 24.

Organizers said car seat technicians are being sought to help with the event along with other volunteers to assist with greeting and directing traffic.

Vince and Larry the Crash Test Dummies will join members of the Traffic Safety Task Force from noon to 2 p.m. Oct. 8 and 9 at Kmart for Kmart Safety Days.

The one hitch is volunteers are needed to wear the Vince and Larry costumes, which fit a slim-built person of 5-feet 6 inches to 5-feet 9 inches tall.

The Traffic Safety Task Force has been asked to have a booth with information at the event. Volunteers are needed to man the table.

If you have a child or work with a youth group that needs school or community service hours, this would be great for them, said Nancy McClenny-Walters with the Task Force.

Additionally, the Every 15 Minutes program will be presented Oct. 25 and 26 at Walla Walla Valley Academy. Overnight chaperones are needed.

To get involved or for more information, contact Nancy at 509-524-2936 or email nmcclenny-walters@co.walla-walla.wa.us

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Pioneer Middle School is organizing "The Closet" to store gently used donated clothing, shoes and coats for students in need.

"As you are cleaning out your closets at home, please keep us in mind if you would like to donate," said Angie Gardea, Learning Assistance Program coordinator, in the online Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review. "We really appreciate the support and are happy to pick up donations if needed."

For more details, call Angie at 527-3050 or email agardea@wwps.org.

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Like so many other local efforts, this one makes a body feel good: Community donations are providing students in need with school supplies.

Many boxes of the supplies have been disseminated to Walla Walla District schools recently, the online Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review reported.

Generous donations of backpacks, paper, pens, crayons, pencils, notebooks, and other items were amassed by the employees at Providence St. Mary Medical Center and Washington State Penitentiary; participants in the Cardio Strength Bootcamp; Kathryn Southwick Hess; Starbucks Coffee stores and Walla Walla Rotary Club.

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

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