Etcetera - 01/09/12

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By purchasing a Bulb-In-A-Can, contributors helped the Books for Babes program grow, too.

The Bulb-In-A-Can fundraiser is a community service project conducted by Edison Elementary second graders for the Books for Babes program, the Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review reported.

All told, the program sold 700 Bulbs-in-a-Can to generate enough profits to fill 130 bags of books for newborns in the coming year, project coordinator and Edison second-grade teacher Kay Barga said.

Books for Babes initiated a new tradition this year by giving the first baby of the year a special basket of books, Kay said. She delivered the basket to the family when the baby was just six hours old.

"We have given away over 4,200 bags of books to newborn families in the Walla Walla area thanks to your donations and purchases," she said.

At $5 each, flowering Bulbs-In-A-Can make great gifts for teachers, bosses, co-workers, neighbors, party hosts or grandmothers.

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Milton-Freewater Rotarians had old home week at a recent meeting when Eloiza Mesa, the club's Rotary youth exchange student who went to Natal, Brazil, from September 2009-July 2010, joined them for lunch.

Mesa just wrapped up her first semester at Portland University where she's on the dean's list and is softball team captain.

At the same meeting, Rotary President Jesse Maxwell introduced members of Milton-Freewater Kiwanis Club.

Rotarians and Kiwanians in Milton-Freewater have been in a friendly competition to see who could collect the most food supplies for the Milton-Freewater Ministerial Christmas Food Basket drive, said Rotary reporter Robby Robbins in a release.

The group heard from Bob Chicken, who presented a PowerPoint summary of the Science Technology Environmental Land Lab And Research/STELLAR project.

Chicken joined the project in 1997 and the program has been running at Ferndale School for several years. It offers students in the 10- to 15-year-old age range the opportunity to learn more science-oriented, hands-on projects to get them interested in pursuing careers in science fields.

Working with the Walla Walla Watershed Council, they have learned about saving plants that grow along local streams and how these can be put to use to develop a better environmental community. For more details, contact Bob at 541-938-2170.

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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