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Walla Walla Area Crime Watch will host a volunteer recognition reception at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Fulton Community Room at the Walla Walla Police Department, 54 E. Main St.

Up for awards are those who’ve volunteered with the College Place and Walla Walla Police departments and Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office to help make the Walla Walla Valley a safer place in which to live, work and play, said Vicki Ruley and Tim Bennett in a joint release.

For more details, contact Vicki at 524-4409 or vruley@ci.walla-walla.wa.us.

Members of Walla Walla Sunrise Rotary’s first meeting of the New Year heard from Holly Howard, executive director of The Health Center at Lincoln Alternative High School.

Using a PowerPoint presentation, Holly noted that The Health Center also provides services at Blue Ridge Elementary School.

Students attending both schools have access to primary medical and mental health services, substance abuse counseling and community referral services.

The premise is that children who use school-based health centers have fewer hospitalizations, use emergency rooms less, are three times more likely to graduate, are half as likely to be absent from school and increase their grade point averages when their care includes counseling, she said.

The nonprofit center was started in September 2009 and so far has served nearly 4,800 students. In 2012 alone, there were more than 1,900 visits serving 226 students.

All services require parental consent. Services are covered by insurance, but some applicants are required to make co-pays. Holly said they also have a program where donations can be used for co-pays.

At the conclusion of her presentation, Rotary President Hank Worden presented Holly with a check from Sunrise Rotary for $350 for help with student co-pays for medical treatment.

For additional information about the Health Center see thehealthcenterww.org.

Sunrise Rotary meets at 6:45 a.m. Wednesdays for breakfast and community interest programs at the St. Francis Community Center, 722 W. Alder St.

For more information contact President Hank Worden at henry@worden3.com or 525-8771.

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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