Old Lakewood school bell gets new display
The Custer Elementary School bell, which hung in the original “Little Red Schoolhouse” behind the existing Lakewood school, has a new life thanks to a Boy Scout, volunteers and the Clover Park School District maintenance staff.
Boy Scout Evan Kaasa, son of Custer kindergarten teacher Melissa Kaasa, was looking for an Eagle Scout project, and Custer Principal Jane Al-Tamimi suggested restoring and building a display for the old bell. The bell hung in the old schoolhouse but was removed years ago due to concerns it would fall or be stolen.
Lowe’s of Lakewood donated the materials, and Evan, his fellow Boy Scouts and other volunteers built a display shaped like the old schoolhouse for the bell. District maintenance staff restored the bell so it was operational.
The bell was unveiled and rung during a special ceremony May 1 at Custer. The bell and new display arein the school’s foyer.
GET tuition program open through May 31
The Washington Guaranteed Education Tuition (GET) program will accept enrollment until midnight May 31. Parents wishing to enroll need to complete the process before that time. The program provides tax-free growth and withdrawals for qualified higher education expenses. To enroll and get more information, go to get.wa.gov.
Clover Park conducting improvement survey
Clover Park School District will conduct a community survey seeking open feedback on improvements the district can make in communication with families, community members and staff.
The survey will be conducted through Friday with two different surveys; one for parents and guardians and one for community members The online survey for parents is at surveymonkey.com/s/cloverparkparents, and the community survey is at surveymonkey.com/s/cloverparkcommunity.
All responses are confidential. Questions can be directed to 253-583-5040.
View ‘Arlington Project’ at Clover Park High
The public is invited to attend a special “Arlington Project” exhibit at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Clover Park High School to honor fallen soldiers, sailors, airmen, guardsmen and Marines.
This is the ninth year of the project, which honors soldiers who have died in conflicts. Thursday’s events will include a screening of HBO’s “Taking Chance,” a re-creation of the tomb guard at Arlington National Cemetery by ROTC students, student-created memorial displays of America’s conflicts and a “Wall of Remembrance.”
More than 6,800 individually named markers honoring fallen soldiers from recent conflicts will be installed on the front lawn of the school. The complete display will remain through May 26.
Tacoma students get ‘Clothes for the Cause’
Jefferson Elementary School and fundraising company Clothes for the Cause are hosting a clothing and textile drive. Donations can be dropped off at the school, 4302 N. 13th St., Tacoma, from 9:30-10 a.m. Thursday.
The drive accepts clothing and shoes of any kind, in any condition. Following the clothing drive, Clothes for the Cause will pick up the donations and provide the school with cash, measured in dollars per pound.
Next year’s Puyallup school calendar online
The Puyallup School District’s 2015-16 calendar and bell schedules are now available to students and families on the district’s website, puyallup.k12.wa.us. The schedule includes new bell schedules at Emerald Ridge High School and Glacier View Junior High, plus key dates including the first day of school, winter and spring breaks, and last day of school.
Compiled by Mary Anderson and Debbie Cafazzo, staff writers