Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association were among the more than 350 volunteers who joined the Whatcom Conservation District in celebrating its 1 millionth tree planted in Whatcom County since 1999 at an Earth Day work party April 21, 2013.
The million trees were planted through the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program, which is the Washington State Conservation Commission's stream wildlife restoration program
More photos are online at bellinghamherald.com/2013/04/23/2979626/1-millionth-tree-planting-event.html#storylink=relast.
COMMUNITY FOUNDATION AWARDS
The Whatcom Community Foundation announced funding for 22 charitable organizations, totaling more than $124,000, in a May 2 press release.
"We know that giving here makes living here even better. Thanks to our local donors over the past year alone, the foundation has invested nearly $2 million into vital Whatcom County programs," Mauri Ingram, foundation president and CEO, said. The press release continued:
Included in this grant round is support for Intercommunity Mercy Housing Bilingual Afterschool Program to provide educational and social support for children of low-income Latino agricultural workers living at Sterling Meadows Apartments in Bellingham; Whatcom Alliance for Health Advancement's End of Life Choices program to develop, pilot, print and distribute an advance care planning tool called "My Workbook," an essential component of a comprehensive outreach and education strategy on how to do advance care planning; North Cascades Institute's Mountain School for supporting Whatcom County students in projects focused on eradicating invasive species, introducing native plants and contributing to other activities that conserve and restore neighborhood green spaces; and The Neighborhood Playhouse for the performance of a play for three classes from Roosevelt Elementary School complete with transportation and a follow up visit by a teaching artist to their classrooms.
Other organizations receiving grants include: Allied Arts of Whatcom County, ARC of Whatcom County, FACES Northwest, Friends of Island Library, Intercommunity Mercy Housing, Kulshan Community Land Trust, Kulshan Middle School, Lydia Place, Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association, Northwest Educational Service District, Northwest Indian College, Northwest Youth Services, Project Homeless Connect, Pacific Arts Association, South Fork Valley Community Association, Dorothy's Place and Whatcom Museum Foundation.
WHATCOM MASONS AWARD SCHOLARSHIPS
Whatcom County high school students received college scholarships totaling $6,500 at the 47th annual Masonic public school recognition program, according to Ken Gass, president of the Masonic Education Council of Whatcom County.
The awards were presented by the Masons of the six Whatcom County lodges on April 24.
Here's Ken's report:
"Sixty-eight juniors representing all nine public high schools in the county were finalists for the Masonic Scholar-Citizen Award and Scholarship Program. The top boy and girl from each school were selected as Scholar-Citizen Award winners based on their academic achievement, school leadership, community service and short essays. Students were presented by their principals, assistant principals or counselors.
"One Scholar-Citizen award winner from each school was selected to receive a scholarship. Ashley Spink from Bellingham High School and Christian Sharp from Blaine High received the top female and male scholarships of $1,500 each.
"Scholarships of $500 were awarded to Monica Burlingame from Ferndale High School, Trisha Snydar from Lynden, Taylor Lunde from Meridian, Nicole Boardman from Mount Baker, Sabrina deBont from Nooksack Valley, Rebecca Fairchild from Sehome and Sarrah Truong from Squalicum.
"The other school award winners were Andrew Wilson from Bellingham High School, Alexis McElwain from Blaine, Louis Hunter from Windward, Tyler Stitt from Lynden, Davis Phillips from Meridian, Conner Brandland from Mount Baker, Brett Heeringa from Nooksack Valley, Brendan Friesen from Sehome, and Nesta Isakovic from Squalicum.
CONGRESSIONAL ART HONOR
Tessa Williams of Squalicum High School, a student of Frank Inslee, was a runner up in the 2013 Congressional Art Competition for the 1st Congressional District.
Congresswoman Suzan DelBene joined students, families and friends at a May 2 reception honoring the artists, according to a press release.
The annual Congressional Art Competition started in 1982. The local competition is open to all students in grades 9-12 who either reside or attend high school in Washington's 1st Congressional District.
Tessa's "Let the Good Times Roll" oil on canvas painting will be displayed in the congresswoman's office.
WWU COMPASS 2 CAMPUS HONORED
Western Washington University's Compass 2 Campus youth mentoring program won $25,000 in the State Farm Neighborhood Assist program, according to a university press release.
More than 3,000 programs competed in the program, a youth-led philanthropy that helps communities improve neighborhoods.
WWU was one of 40 programs getting $25,000 grants to execute their plans.
Thanks to the campus community and its many supporters, WWU will be better equipped to provide educational support for area youth.
According to the university:
Compass 2 Campus, in its fourth year at Western, sends hundreds of trained WWU student mentors into area schools in order to get more kids to realize the importance of learning, finish high school and see themselves as future college students. It focuses on students from traditionally underrepresented and disadvantaged backgrounds in elementary, middle and high schools throughout Whatcom and Skagit counties.
To date, the innovative mentoring program has now served thousands of students from the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grades in schools in Whatcom and Skagit counties. Next fall, Compass 2 Campus moves into the high schools following students as they progress toward graduation.
Over the past three years, Western student mentors have provided nearly 85,000 hours of mentoring service to those students.
Compass 2 Campus has won several prominent awards. Recently, Director Cyndie Shepard was nationally recognized with a Daily Point of Light Award, which honors individuals and groups creating meaningful change in communities across America. The award was founded by former President George H. W. Bush during his presidency to engage individuals, families, businesses and groups to solve community problems through voluntary service.
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