Lynden Christian students do well at financial literacy challenge


Pam Whalley reports the results of the January Washington Financial Literacy Challenge are in. Pam is president of the Washington Council for Economic and Financial Education, which works with teachers to share hands-on, relevant finance lessons with Washington's classrooms.

Here's what she had to say about the event:

"The challenge is designed to recognize students who demonstrate high levels of personal finance skills and reward teachers for outstanding practices in teaching personal finance. Students participate in an online assessment of their financial knowledge and their performance is ranked against their peers. Three hundred and fifty-four students from across the state participated in either the team or individual competitions. The winning team was from Lynden Christian High School. The first place team of Jonny Bratt, Kaden Bratt, Madison Burke and Sebastian Canfield was taught by Robert Vander Haak.

"Other students from Lynden Christian also placed in the top 10 percent in the state and were named financial experts by the council. They are Connor Blok, Dylan Blok, Kiana Bosman, and Colby Bouma.

"Our children aren't really college or career ready unless they are can make sound financial decisions on subjects ranging from careers to saving and investing. Unfortunately, personal finance is not a required subject in our state, but that hasn't prevented some schools and teachers from providing these crucial life skills."

"The challenge will be offered again in May so that students in second semester and yearlong courses have an opportunity to participate. Participation is free and information can be found at"


Virginia Hatch shares that Bellingham resident Greg Beatty won first place in the adult division of the Arlington Eagle Festival Haiku Contest. His entry:

walking by water

eagle shadows flash over

for a breath I'm prey


A holiday food drive at Birch Equipment locations in northwest Washington and southeast Alaska netted close to $5,000 and 600 plus pounds of food for area food banks, according to a company press release.

Birch Equipment donated $2,500 and invited businesses and individuals to participate during the month-long holiday food drive.

Bellingham Food Bank executive director Mike Cohen said program bought close to 20,000 pounds of food.

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