YAY: Higher education
More eighth graders have signed up for a College Bound Scholarship than any class in the program’s seven-year history. More than 32,000 of the state’s 2018 high school graduating class applied, even though the number of students eligible for free and reduced price lunch dropped from last year. The CBS program provides financial assistance to low-income students who plan to pursue a college education.
The interest in higher education is so strong that statewide 89 percent of eligible students signed up. In 69 of the state’s school districts, applications reached 100 percent.
This year’s middle school students’ interest in higher education bodes well for hitting our statewide goals of high school and college graduation rate targets.
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YAY: Two good deeds
South Sound residents can contribute to two good causes, while enjoying two pleasurable experiences: good music and great wine. Area Rotary Clubs will stage the annual Cool Jazz Clean Water fundraiser on Nov. 22 at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts. The wine-tasting event features performances by high school jazz bands and professional groups.
Rotary has raised nearly
$1 million dollars for worldwide clean water projects and donated more than 400 musical instruments to low-income students in South Sound schools.
YAY: Taking temperatures
Due to concerns about the Ebola virus, passengers arriving from West Africa will have their temperatures taken at five airports this week and another four airports next week. SeaTac airport will not do temperature screenings, because no direct flights arrive from West Africa. Some passengers might be inconvenienced, but it’s worth the trouble.
YAY: Getting kids outside
Kids these days don’t seem to play outside as much as previous generations. Blame television, computers and video games, but more screen-time and less outdoor-time has affected today’s children, often negatively. That’s what’s so encouraging about the North Thurston School District’s effort to get all 1,200 of its first-graders outside this fall and to explore the 3,000-acres of Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. Can’t beat the combination of getting exercise and learning about our natural environment.
YAY: Downtown treats
Kudos to downtown Olympia merchants for hosting their 7th annual Halloween event for young trick or treaters. It’s a great way for families to have a positive experience downtown.
YAY: Great writing.
Sometimes, we just have to share some great newspaper writing, this time from The Associated Press: “Doug Wortham used a Defense Department giveaway program for law enforcement to stock his office with an assault rifle, a handgun and a Humvee – even though the people in his custody are in no condition to put up a fight.
“Wortham is the Sharp County, Arkansas, coroner.”