Congratulations to Julie Kwon, Anna Wolstad, and Jarom Gardner who were recently recognized as National PTA Reflections Winners. Issaquah High School student Julie Kwon was awarded a visual arts award of merit for her piece "The World Would Be a Better Place if We Pursued Our Dreams", Liberty High School student Anna Wolstad was awarded the film production award of excellence for her short film "The Flower Project", and Briarwood Elementary School student Jarom Gardner was awarded a music composition award of merit for his piece "The Brothers' March."
Each week, LRC Students and Pine Lake Middle School become baristas and serve up coffee drinks to order for the Pine Lake staff. Last week, the students invited Special Services Executive Director, Melissa Madsen along with Tara Slinn and Susan Wolever to join them as their special guests.
On April 23, 2015, Prachi Taunk, a fourth grader at Grand Ridge Elementary School, was selected to participate in the Junior Achievement Puget Sound Business Hall of Fame event. This event honored three laureates who have made exceptional contributions to Seattle’s economy and to Junior Achievement. Costco co-founders Jeff Brotman and Jim Sinegal were honored, as well as Washington-born Gene Juarez, founder of Gene Juarez Salons and Schools. More than 300 community business-people and CEOs attended this glamorous event at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center in Seattle.
Prachi was selected by Junior Achievement to meet with Brad Tilden, CEO of Alaska Airlines, and give a presentation with him at the event. Prachi was hand-picked for this incredible opportunity during her recent field trip to Junior Achievement (JA) BizTown, an economic simulation in Auburn, where fourth graders learn important economic concepts such as free enterprise, financial literacy, and work readiness. During the Grand Ridge visit to JA BizTown Prachi was the CEO of AAA of Washington. At the Hall of Fame event, Prachi shared with Mr. Tilden and guests what she had learned at BizTown and about the importance of marketing and excellent customer service.
Congratulations Prachi on an incredible presentation and for this once-in-a-lifetime experience!
Executive Director of Elementary Education, Jodi Bongard, received a special thank you from the VOICE Mentor Program at their annual reception on May 19. Jodi was acknowledged for her seven years of dedication helping the VOICE program develop and flourish. Susan Gierke, Director of the VOICE Mentor Program, shared, “Jodi has been a mentor to the mentors. She has been an amazing help to us in growing our outreach and helping those students who need it the most.”
Pictured: Jodi Bongard (left) and Susan Gierke (right).
On May 7, more than 300 seventh graders from Pacific Cascade Middle School visited The Museum of Flight. Trained docents guided students through the evolution of aviation as students examined the Museum's world-class collection of aircraft. Students enjoyed experiencing the history of aviation in Washington State and gained a better understanding of their current classroom curriculum. Shona Campbell, 7th grade teacher shared, “We study Washington State history in seventh grade. Right now students are learning about the economic growth in the 20th century through developments like Boeing,the railroad, etc. The museum gave us a chance to see images and events from that time period and was an excellent example of primary source materials for students.”
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