State money helps fund new early learning center
The Parkland-based Franklin Pierce School District received $2 million from the state’s new capital budget that will help fund the district’s new early learning center, scheduled to open in September.
The school district is renovating the former Parkland Methodist Church, 12223 A St. S., which it acquired last year. The renovated building will serve an estimated 350 prekindergarten students, in programs like Head Start, to help boost kindergarten readiness. Total cost of the project is $7 million.
Active shooter training will take place in Lakewood
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The Lakewood Police and West Pierce Fire & Rescue will be participating in an active shooter training session Wednesday at the former Lake City Elementary, 8800 121st St., Lakewood. A large number of police cars and emergency vehicles and more than 100 officers and first responders will be at the location from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. The public could hear loud noises including imitation of explosive devices, weapons sounds and the school fire alarm as part of the training.
Additional National Merit Scholarships announced
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation released additional college-sponsored merit scholarship winners. Sponsor colleges select winners from among the finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program who will attend their institution. Winners will receive between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate studies. These local students were selected: Curtis High School’s Juliana Palomino will attend the University of Kentucky, and Olympia High School’s Daniel Ryckman who will attend the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Compiled by Debbie Cafazzo and Mary Anderson, staff writers