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December 8, 2013 

TACOMA: Computer Clubhouse hosts week of events

The Computer Clubhouse of Tacoma is hosting Computer Science Education Week this week to help educate students about the importance of the computer science field.

The event is part of an international effort known as the Hour of Code, which asks educators and parents to introduce students to computer programming. Computer Science Education Week will take place at the clubhouse, 1321 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Tacoma.

Weekday events for students ages 10-18 take place from 3-7 p.m.

Monday: Students will learn to build webpages.

Tuesday: Students will build and program Lego robots to navigate through obstacle courses.

Wednesday: The Clubhouse will host a workshop aimed at creating and publishing a mobile application.

Thursday: Students will perform karaoke by combining songs with a programming language.

Friday: Students will create a game that can be played on Xbox.

Saturday: From 2-5 p.m. on the last day of the event, the Clubhouse will be open to all ages.

Computer Clubhouse was created by Intel to mentor kids in technology.

SUMNER: Community dinner to be held at high school

The Sumner High School ASB and leadership classes will host a free holiday community dinner from noon-4 p.m. Saturday.

The community is invited to attend, visit Santa’s corner or stop by the holiday food pantry. The dinner is at the high school gym, 1707 Main St. It will be served by student volunteers. The school’s jazz band will perform.

STEILACOOM: 2 school board directors to be honored

Two Steilacoom Historical School Board directors will be recognized for their service to the district at the next school board meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday at Pioneer Middle School.

The school’s Young Women’s Choir will perform at the meeting.

Mike Winkler, an eight-year board member, and Kevin Callanan, a four-year board member, chose not to run for re-election. Position 2 will be filled by Bob Forbes and Position 3 by Jason Pierce. Both new members will be sworn in during the meeting.

TACOMA: Bellarmine student wins essay competition

Bellarmine Preparatory School’s Oakley Reid recently received first place in the greater Seattle-area Veterans of Foreign Wars “Voice of Democracy” competition for her essay, “Why I’m Optimistic About Our Nation’s Future.”

The program is open to students in grades 9-12, and judging criteria includes originality, content and delivery. Reid will receive her award in January.

EATONVILLE: Columbia Crest STEM School gets state designation

The Columbia Crest STEM School recently was named a Washington state 2013-14 STEM Lighthouse School. Designated schools provide technical assistance and advice to other middle and high schools and communities that want to create a learning environment focused on STEM — science, technology, engineering and math.

The school was awarded an $18,000 grant, part of which is to be used to share best practices and the school’s STEM success story.

Compiled by Debbie Cafazzo and Mary Anderson, staff writers

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