Local food bank receives $5,000 from Food Lifeline for Excellence in Collaboration

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The Des Moines Area Food Bank received $5,000 and one of the 2012 Agency Excellence Awards for the organization’s exemplary approaches to ending hunger through its mobile summer meals program for children in low-income households.
Food Lifeline presented the food bank with the Excellence in Collaboration award and $5,000 to continue expanding its mission, and to increase and better its capabilities to serve the hungry people in the Des Moines community.
The White Center Food Bank also received Honorable Mention in the Excellence in Client Service category.

While the Des Moines Area Food Bank has long prioritized the issue of child hunger, they recently discovered that the rate of food insecurity for children in their part of the county is nearly twice the rate found in Seattle or other King County communities. Through a series of innovative local collaborations the Des Moines Area Food Bank implemented a mobile summer meals program that resulted in over 14,000 nutritious summer lunches and snacks for children in the heart of low-income neighborhoods.


The Highline Schools Foundation held its Academy Awards Thursday night, March 22 and the winners are…..Darcy Smith, Alan Spicciati, Barb Rogers, Astha Tada and David Sabey.

The foundation presents its Gold Star awards annually. This year, foundation trustees decided to announce the winners at a fun Gold Star Bash held at Burien’s newest entertainment venue, the Production Shop.

The Gold Star winners will be formally recognized at the Gold Star Awards Breakfast held Friday, April 20 at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Conference Center, 7:30-9 a.m.

The breakfast is free to attend but a minimum donation of $125 is suggested at the event.

Register at www.highlineschoolsfoundation or call 206-248-5196 to receive an invitation.

Gold Star winners named at fun Burien bash
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Photo by Kurt Howard

An aerial view of the nights event. CLICK THE IMAGE ABOVE FOR MORE

Highline Council PTSA (HCPTSA) is accepting applications for its annual scholarship. It expects to award $6,000 in scholarships this spring.

HCPTSA is the organization made up of all PTSA units in the school district. Last year, with 40 students applying, HCPTSA awarded six scholarships for a total of $5,000.

The student’s high school does not have to have a PTA -- any senior living within Highline and attending a Highline Public School is eligible.

Because PTA is a community service organization, the scholarship applicants will be evaluated on volunteer work and extracurricular activities. An essay, letter of recommendation, and grade point average will also be considered.

The scholarships are funded through donations of school district employees and school PTAs. “We are honored to be able to help the students of our community with their education,” says Debbie Thoma, HCPTSA Scholarship Committee coordinator.

Applications must be postmarked by Monday, May 7. Applications cannot be emailed


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Three Tree Montessori School is a small (143 children ages 1-12) school in South Burien.

Last month a few of our TTMS Elementary students challenged each other to a canned food drive.

Part of the continuous Montessori curriculum is community service. It is our hope that children will leave TTMS with a heartfelt commitment to their neighborhoods and to the world.

This year particularly our students have been discussing the need in our own community. They were shocked to learn that other children, right here in Burien, go each day with little to no food.

TTMS students have volunteered at the “Highline Food Bank” in the past, but this time they wanted to do something that could make a different kind of difference.

The challenge was on! Our upper Elementary (8 students, ages 9-12) and our Lower Elementary (25 students, ages 6-9) decided on a canned food off.

Students had 25 days to collect as many cans as possible. Time was short and the methods were creative. All efforts, as in all things Montessori, were student driven.


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Each year the Highline Schools Foundation solicits nominations from community members, district employees, and parents for its prestigious and much-anticipated Gold Star Awards. This year’s list of impressive and well-deserving nominees includes highly qualified staff, volunteers, and administrators.

The Gold Star Award WINNERS will be announced live next Thursday, March 22nd, at the first annual Gold Star Awards BASH. The Foundation has created this event as a low-cost way for parents, teachers, and community members to participate in Gold Star and celebrate all of the notable people who do such important, great work in Highline Public Schools.

Event Details:

Gold Star Awards BASH
Thursday, March 22nd
6:30-8:30 p.m.
The Production Shop (a new event space in Burien)
14624 9th Avenue, one block East of Burien Walgreens.
Tickets are $15 and include appetizers, drinks, music and celebration at this fun event unveiling the winners of the 2012 Gold Star Awards! 21 and over, please.
Click this link to our event registration page:



Discover Burien took in a net total of $10,000 at last Friday’s Burien Awards Dinner and Auction, event manager Debra George reports.

That beats the 2011 net total of $7,500.

George reports total revenues from the dinner and auction of $13,274. After a $1,450 contribution to the Highline Schools Foundation and expenses of $1,742.15 that leaves about $10,000. There are still a few small bills to pay and a couple of auction items to collect on, according to George.

Discover Burien honored Elliott Newson of Highline High as Student Leader of the Year, Highline Schools Foundation for Excellence as Non Profit of the Year, Dan House, owner of Tin Room Bar/Theater, as Business Leader of the Year and Margie Gibb as Volunteer of the Year. Doug Query was awarded Team Clean Sweep Recognition.

Prominent Burien attorney Doug Moreland received the Robby Award from the Highline Times and Robinson Newspapers for his outstanding community service. He was unable to attend.

Discover Burien nets $10,000 from awards dinner and auction
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Burien attorney Doug Moreland proudly displays his Robby Award in front of his law office. Moreland received the award from the Highline Times and Robinson Newspapers for his outstanding community service.

Nominations can be done online

Nomination forms for awards to be given at Discover Burien’s annual Awards Dinner and silent auction fundraiser are due by 3 p.m.,Wednesday, Feb. 8.

Nomination forms can be found online at or Sponsored in part by Waste Management of Washington and Re/Max All City.

The event is March 2 at the Burien Community Center 14700 6th Avenue SW, from 6 – 10 p.m.. Money raised will support the continued efforts “To create and sustain a vibrant Burien business community through promotions and education" -Discover Burien Mission Statement.

Tickets are $35 in advance and $50 at the door. Tables seating 8 can be purchased for $240 in advance. Sponsorships are available at the Gold, Silver, Table, Auction Table and Swag Bag levels. Contact Debra George for information .

Auction items are now being accepted. Donation forms are available on the Discover Burien website,


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Burien Arts’ Fourth Annual Classic Jazz Festival on Saturday March 10th from 3pm-10pm will offer a Big Program at its' new location, The Landmark Event Center in Des Moines.

There will be more music with eleven bands participating in two music venues, and more styles of music including Straight Ahead Jazz classics, early and mid -20thcentury jazz styles, from Dixieland, Gypsy Jazz and Western Swing to Big Band Swing.

This great jazz experience includes: Concerts, Dancing, Food and Drink, and Jam Sessions! The bands include:

• Del Rey & Matt Weiner (\
• Echoes of Harlem Orchestra
• Gail Pettis (
• Glenn Crytzer & His Syncopators (
• Holotradband (
• The Jangles (
• Jennifer Scott Trio (
• Mount Rainier High School Jazz Band (
• Pearl Django (
• Susan Pascal with Greta Matassa ( and
• Uptown Lowdown Jazz Band. (


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Each year, Gold Star is a much anticipated awards celebration and fundraiser to benefit the Foundation, which is the only non-profit organization supporting all schools in the Highline School District.

The Foundation directly supports students in our district in areas where state funding cannot, through grants for classroom innovation, funding for arts programming, help for students in need with sports participation fees, a substantial college scholarship program, and more. In eleven years since the Foundation began, it has given over $1,000,000 in funds to programs and students in Highline Public Schools.

Below is a list of important Gold Star Related Events and Programs

Nominations are NOW OPEN for the 2012 Gold Star Awards in the following categories:
• Outstanding Teacher
• Outstanding Administrator
• Outstanding Alumnus
• Outstanding Volunteer
• Outstanding Classified Employee (non-certified staff)


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Rebecca M. Pratt takes her readers to Africa, Central America and the United States to bring awareness to the needs around the world and stimulate people to help those who are suffering in “Inspired To Action: How Following the Promptings of Your Heart Can Change the World” (ISBN 1466409029).

Pratt shares her experiences and challenges in her own walk with God to inspire readers to trust God in the unseen.

She brings her readers into the lives of those suffering and hurting., and she shares about being faced with unbelievable decisions that will change the outcome of hundred of children’s lives in Africa, . Her book will challenge readers’ faith as they reflect on their own personal walks with God.

“You will be challenged to live your life purposefully and to embrace the concept that we each have the ability to make a huge difference in the world as we say yes to all that God may prompt us to walk forward in,” Pratt says. “In return, we will live this amazing, empowered and fulfilling life like we have never experienced.”

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