Etcetera - 7/17/13

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Scottish Rite Masons of Washington presented a $2,500 award to Ashley Danforth, the granddaughter of local residents.

Ashley’s parents, who grew up here, David and Nancy Carey Danforth, now reside in Redmond, Wash.

A senior this fall at Whitworth University, Spokane, Ashley is completing a double major in special education and elementary education with a minor in reading, Barbara said.

She earned a 4.0 GPA spring semester. She has volunteered in both on- and off-campus activities including at the Whitworth Literacy Center working with children in kindergarten-sixth grade who have reading difficulties and with older students in behavioral interventions.

Her Capernum Young Life team works with young adults with special needs.

Ashley has studied sign language and with a Whitworth team worked during spring break with deaf children in a Jamaican orphanage and with abused children in a hospital there.

She plans to go to Thailand in January 2014 for a three-week special education teaching experience. She’s also been a three-year member of the Whitworth golf team.

She is the granddaughter of Walla Wallans Bob and Barbara Danforth and David and Maralyn Carey. Bob is a member of the local Scottish Rite Masons and active in several Masonic bodies.

Scottish Rite Masons of Washington sponsor the Rite Care program, which provides diagnostic and therapeutic services to children ages 2-7 whose primary disorder is a severe delay in language or speech development, Barbara said in a release.

The Masons also offer programs for the parents of these children, Barbara said.

Scottish Rite awards scholarships to college students statewide who maintain high levels of leadership and academic standing.

Altogether, the fraternal organization awarded $185,000 to new recipients and for renewals of previous awards in Washington this year.

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

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