Etcetera - 7/26/12

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Facing the Challenge scholarships of $500 each went to graduating seniors Lucero Garcia and Itzel Cuevas-Vasquez, both Walla Walla Community College students.

Presentations were made by Margo Piver, Walla Walla Valley Education Association president, at a Walla Walla School District board meeting.

The award is available to students who have overcome challenges and are enrolling full-time in a two-year or four-year university, college or community college.

A $500 Donna Manuel Future Teacher Scholarship was awarded to Chelsea Cavazos from Lewis & Clark College.

This scholarship is available to students planning to become teachers and who are enrolling full-time in a two-year or four-year university, college or community college.

"As educators we see the importance of helping all students find their path in life and getting a college education is something that has helped all of us reach our goals," Margo said. "We want to help others reach their goals and dreams."

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Homelink sixth-grader Lauren Bergman won the Daughters of American Revolution history essay contest at the state level.

DAR member Sarita McCaw presented the award. Fellow Homelink student Jennifer Rau took second place in the VFW history essay contest, receiving her award from principal Connie Taylor-Randall.

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Fifth-graders in teacher Sean Reid's class at Sharpstein Elementary take on the challenge of raising funds for the school's garden with a seed sale.

Last winter, fifth-graders described the seed sale to every classroom adding that the grade selling the most seed packets would win a field trip to a farm in the spring.

The first grade outsold everyone else and in late May two buses with students and parent volunteers trekked to Welcome Table Farm, located on the Old Milton Highway.

Breaking into groups the students rotated through five stations: planting summer squash; observing and picking a variety of field crops and finding potato beetles; washing their radish and kale treats to eat while hearing about the farm tools pulled by the horses; visiting the work horses used to do the heavy field work; and feeding the other farm critters, including pigs, goats and lambs.

During this stimulating outing students learned about farming and food. The district is working to purchase more locally grown produce for use in the school cafeteria.

Trips such as this help students make connections with healthy food and the farmers who grow it.

To support the budding Farm-to-School/school garden program at Walla Walla Public Schools, contact Beth Thiel at wolcott.thiel@gmail.com or 525-0969.

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

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