Show & Tell: Schools and youths in the news

Steilacoom kids collect PJs for others in need

Jennipher Hennessey, first grade teacher at Chloe Clark Elementary School in the Steilacoom School District, put together a drive to collect pajamas for the Pierce County Foster Care program. Preschool through grade three students and staff donated a total of 168 pairs of pajamas that were delivered prior to the holidays.

Orting School Board seeks candidate to fill vacancy

The Orting School District is seeking applicants to fill a temporary vacancy on the school board created by the resignation of a board member. The full term was scheduled to expire in November 2017. Applicants interested in serving out the remainder of the first two years of the term must reside in Director District No. 2. The appointment begins March 5 and ends November 30. To retain the seat, a candidate would need to run for office in the November general election.

Current board members will review applications and may conduct an interview with applicants. Orting residents who are interested in applying should submit a letter of interest and resume by 5 p.m. Jan. 30. Send materials to Terry Van Zanten. Executive Assistant to the Superintendent, Orting School District, 121 Whitesell St. N.E., Orting, WA 98360.

For more information or to verify your residency in a director district, please call 360-893-6500, ext. 221 or

Annie Wright Schools help pre-teens and parents navigate adolescence

The “Growing Up” classes hosted by Annie Wright Schools will be held Jan. 14 and 21 for pre-teens and a parent/adult. In its 11th year, the program presents information for young people and their families to help navigate the adolescence years. Designed for 10-12 years olds, the classes are separated for girls and boys to discuss specific topics including body changes during puberty, social issues and decision making, sexuality and sexual reproduction and encourages family communication. The classes are open to the public and cost $70 per parent/child pair, scholarship funds are available. It is being held at Annie Wright Schools, 827 N. Tacoma Ave., Tacoma. Fore more information and to register go to or call 206-789-2306.

Schools in Lakewood, Auburn earn kudos

Four Washington state schools have been recognized as 2014 Title I, Part A Distinguished Schools both by the state and the national Title I Association. The recognition is awarded schools in two categories; exceptional student performance for two or more consecutive years and closing the achievement gap between student groups. National distinguished local schools are Evergreen Heights Elementary in Auburn, for closing the achievement gap, and Tillicum Elementary in the Clover Park School District for exceptional student performance in two or more years. State distinguished schools are Chinook Elementary in Auburn for closing the achievement gap and Discovery Primary in Fife for exceptional student performance.

History comes alive as part of Martin Luther King Jr. assembly in Puyallup

Schools across the Puyallup School District will honor Martin Luther King Jr. during assemblies and special programs, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Puyallup High School.

The assembly at the high school will include performances by the PHS Step & Krump Group, Norselanders Choir, Tacoma Fuji Taiko Group and the Puyallup Valley Japanese American Citizen League’s presentation of “Camp Harmony: 5 Empty Chairs.”

Cho Shimizu and Elsie Yotsuuye Taniguchi will share their personal experiences from their incarceration at the Puyallup Fairgrounds during World War II.

Compiled by Mary Anderson and Debbie Cafazzo, staff writers