Students to honor late teacher with scholarship

Black Hills High School club organizes walk to raise funds in Darlene Dally’s name

lpemberton@theolympian.comMay 8, 2013 


    A walk to raise money for the Darlene Dally Memorial Scholarship will be from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Black Hills High School, 7741 Littlerock Road SW, Tumwater. Registration is $5 a person or $20 for teams up to 10 people. Donations by those who don’t want to walk are also being accepted. For more information, contact Brenda Knowlton at 360-709-7800 or

The Black Hills High School DECA club is organizing a walk on Saturday to raise money for a scholarship program in memory of late teacher Darlene Dally.

“We’ve raised $3,000 in friend and family donations,” said marketing teacher Brenda Knowlton.

“This is our first huge event that will help boost it to the $5,000 mark,” added senior Ashlee Baldwin, 18.

Dally taught family consumer science at Black Hills until she retired five yeas ago. Before that, she taught at Tumwater High School.

She was part of the group of teachers who transferred to Black Hills when it opened in 1997. Dally also worked as a substitute teacher in the Olympia School District from 2007 to 2011.

She died March 19, 2012, of cancer.

Knowlton said Dally was well-liked by students and colleagues.

“She was open and engaging and never in a bad mood,” she said.

Olympia High School principal Matt Grant said Dally also was a “very well-loved” long-term substitute at his school, where her husband taught wood shop for many years.

“She was very attached,” Grant said. “She felt like she was staff here, too.”

The scholarship program is a “legacy project” that’s being done by the club’s senior leaders. It has involved organization, marketing and community involvement – some of the fundamentals of DECA, which is an international association of marketing students, according to senior Ty Presto, 18.

The students researched ideas on charity walks, contacted businesses to sponsor the walk and created a promotional campaign that included social media, email, posters and word of mouth.

People can register individually or as a teams.

Proceeds will go to the Tumwater Education Foundation, which plans to turn the money into a perpetual scholarship geared to students in Career & Technical Education programs, Knowlton said. If enough money is raised, the first scholarship could be awarded next month, she said.

Several of Dally’s family members will be at the event, and organizers hope that her former students and co-workers will turn out to support it, too.

“We’re hoping this will be an annual event,” said senior Marissa Lemon, 17. “I just hear how everybody loved her. Everybody wanted their kids to have Darlene Dally.”

Lisa Pemberton: 360-754-5433 @Lisa_Pemberton

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