In the course of just three years, Wenatchee High School students, faculty and administration have been rocked on the waves of two life-altering events. The death of Antonio Reyes brought about not only student grief and community suffering but loud repercussions as well; former PE teacher Ed Knaggs was put on administrative leave in 2011, fired in April 2012, and after two years only recently reached a settlement putting him on paid administrative leave until 2016.
The Wenatchee High School Golden Apple Marching Band performed in its last competition of the season in Auburn last weekend at the 28th Annual Veterans Day Marching Competition, as well as participating in Auburn’s 49th Annual Veterans Day Parade. The band placed first in the parade against high school marching bands from throughout the Pacific Northwest in the largest Veterans Day parade west of the Mississippi.
As the Christmas season approaches, the region’s big box stores prepare for another onslaught of holiday sales. With Halloween barely over, shelves are already being stocked with holiday trinkets and baubles in anticipation of the biggest shopping time of the year. Even the tradition of stores closing for Thanksgiving has largely passed by the wayside, as merchants scramble with their extended hours and “doorbuster” items to usher in the consumer madness.
Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. After decades of inequalities, segregation and discrimination, America is now motivated to embrace different races, genders and backgrounds in all areas including college admissions.
As a student in the Eastmont School District from 1978 to 1991, I was earnestly aware of those “shining stars” who provided the people in our valley with avenues of hope, purpose and support. Personally, I can reflect on many along my journey: Camp Fire volunteer leaders, church youth group leaders, basketball coaches who graciously gave their time and the many volunteers through the Apple Blossom Festival organization.
Make a Difference Day is this Saturday. That's when volunteers across North Central Washington take on projects to help others. Want to join in? Check out our list of projects, grab a pair of gloves or a paintbrush and Make a Difference this Saturday.
Marcy LaGagnier is documenting osprey along the Icicle River as part of her “Wings on the Icicle” series. These images were taken this summer, showing an adult osprey and its offspring. LaGagnier is a Puyallup-based photographer with family and friends in North Central Washington.
Work outside or inside, make a donation, spend the day or just a few minutes, help a pre-organized project or create your own. It doesn’t matter how small or how large your project is. When it comes to Make A Difference Day, everyone is invited to participate and all projects matter.