Gig Harbor to host early learning information jamboree
In an effort to smooth the transition from preschool to kindergarten, an Early Learning Jamboree and Kindergarten Kickoff is being held from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the Tom Taylor YMCA. Partnering in the program are the Peninsula School District, Gig Harbor/Key Peninsula Early Learning Coalition, Tom Taylor YMCA, Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation. The jamboree, a family-friendly free event, will provide information for families about local preschools and kindergarten programs, plus spring and summer activities. It will also include free immunizations for young children who are missing vaccinations. For more information and resources, go to PSD401.net.
Design the next Pierce County Library card
The Pierce County Library system is sponsoring its biennial library card design contest running through March 27. Teens and youth in Pierce County are eligible to enter the free contest. Winners will be chosen in the K-6 and 7-12 grade categories, and the designs will appear on new library cards starting in the fall.
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Full entry guidelines and contest forms are available online at piercecountylibrary.org. Entry forms are also available at all branch locations.
PLU launches Parkland Promise scholarships
Pacific Lutheran University has launched its Parkland Promise Scholarships for the fall of 2015. The university will award four scholarships of $5,000 each to selected students from Franklin Pierce and Washington high schools in the Franklin Pierce School District. Winners will be selected based on academic success, school and community involvement, service and leadership. The scholarship will be in addition to any academic merit scholarship a student might already have received from PLU. Students must be admitted to the university prior to March 31 to be considered; application to PLU is free. For more information, go to plu.edu.
Sumner/Bonney Lake Community Summit is Thursday
The Sumner/Bonney Lake Communities for Families Coalition is hosting its annual Community Summit 3-8 p.m. Thursday. Issues to be discussed will impact local children and families. Earlier summits have helped to develop the Family Support Center and initiate a sidewalk campaign, among other programs. The summit will be at Mountain View Middle School, 10921 199th Ave. Ct. E., Bonney Lake, and will feature keynote speaker Jim Martinson.
Participants must register; registration is free and open to the first 300 people. Go to sumner.wednet.edu or call 253-891-6066.
Local host families sought for exchange students
Ayusa International is kicking off its annual search for host families interested in taking in an international high school student for the 2015-16 school year. Host families provide the student three meals a day and a bedroom. A trained Ayusa representative supports each host family, student and local school throughout the program year. Exchange students are 15-18 years old and come from more than 60 countries. For more information, go to ayusa.org or call 888-552-9872.
Compiled by Mary Anderson and Debbie Cafazzo, staff writers