Our Voice: We’re thankful for people who promoting learning

Pieces of history

We’re thankful for those who are interested and willing to preserve our area’s history.

If you want to learn more about Hanford, you can go to the Reach Interpretive Center in Richland. Soon you also will be able to go to the Manhattan Project National Historical Park or a public display of Hanford objects and photos at Washington State University Tri-Cities. We’re glad the community can offer a variety of opportunities that will draw people to the area.

The Department of Energy has had thousands of items in storage from the Hanford-era up through the Cold War. The new contract with WSU Tri-Cities will allow these items to be curated and displayed — making them accessible to the public and researchers. It will be educational for the community and the students who work on the project.

The next step

Congratulations to the 345 WSU Tri-Cities graduates. We appreciate the mental and financial effort it takes for someone to earn a college degree.

At Saturday’s commencement, Chancellor Keith Moo-Young reminded students their success is partly attributed to their support system of friends, family and employers.

And we are reminded every time we see a class of graduates, especially those who earn bachelor’s degrees — 283 in this convocation — of the effort this community put into bringing a four-year university to the Tri-Cities.

It took a lot of community effort and a couple of different appeals to the Legislature to make that happen.

And it was well worth it.

So congratulations to the graduates and thank you to the community. All the hard work is paying off.

HAAP scholarships

We also are thankful for the people who make college financially accessible for kids in our community by providing scholarships.

Friday night, more than $83,000 will be awarded to graduating seniors and more than 5,000 students in elementary, middle and high school will be honored through the Hispanic Academic Achievers Program. It’s a great program that provides money for college-bound students — many of whom will be the first in their family to go to college. This opportunity changes lives for generations to come.

It also encourages kids as young as 4th grade to keep their grades up. Younger kids get a certificate — and the vision that in a few years it could be them standing at the podium receiving a check.

More than 40 community sponsors make this program successful and it’s been growing for the more than two decades.

We appreciate the founders who saw the possibilities 26 years ago and the backers who have kept it growing.