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Letters to the Editor - May 8, 2017

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POP KEENEY

As an Army veteran, I am all in favor of remembering our community’s military sons and daughters who gave their lives for their country and for our freedoms.

We don’t have to change the name of Pop Keeney Stadium in Bothell to do that.

The city already has a legacy of remembering those loved ones. That’s where the idea should be considered and discussed, not at a school district committee. It is not good use of teacher and administrators’ time to endlessly hold meetings in another study committee. They should be teaching our kids.

Years ago, Bothell meat market owner and pioneer Vern Keener devoted a memorial to our fallen heroes on a v-shaped corner of his property at the five-corner Bothell Way intersection in the heart of downtown Bothell. He planted a tree, added a flag pole and plaque as well as a remembrance bench. That is gone now with the “revitalization” of downtown Bothell.

A Boy Scout troop not long ago designed and installed a really nice memorial to veterans in the Park at Bothell Landing along Sammamish River. I would like to see those who support the idea of adding a memorial at the football and soccer stadium to shift their purpose and proposal to the Bothell city government. Let these advocates raise the money and work with the city to either enhance the memorial at the Park at Bothell Landing or find another suitable public location.

The Park at Bothell Landing is accessible every day without an admission charge. Everybody would have a chance to visit whenever they wanted to, not just when the Stadium is open.

Let’s keep on remembering Pop Keeney as one of the most creative, inspiring and winning coaches of our state over a period of nearly 30 years.
Ron Nardone
U.S. Army 1965-66

M.I.L.K. MONEY BOTTLES

Change is a Powerful Thing: Northshore Schools Foundation sets out to raise $20K to support students experiencing homelessness.
For the seventh year in a row, M.I.L.K. Money Bottles are popping up around town, in local churches and in homes in an effort to affect change for the nearly 200 Northshore School District students that are experiencing homelessness this year.

Homeless students are defined by the federal McKinney-Vento Act as those who lack a stable nighttime residence. While the Northshore District funds the expenses that accompany Federal legislation which guarantees students right to remain in their original school district, there are a significant number of “extracurricular expenses” which are not covered.   

“The face of homelessness in our community may not be what you imagine.   While there is no shortage of students living in camps or cars or on the streets, it is also common that those students are ‘couch surfing’ and the people hosting them may not even know they don’t have a home to go home to,” said Carmin Dalziel, executive director of the Northshore Shools Foundation.

“What all students in crisis need, is a sense of stability.  By providing just a little bit of resources we can help them have a chance at a more traditional school experience and hopefully give them the support they need to graduate at the same level of success as their peers,” said Dalziel.

“The majority of the students that we support are at the top of their class. We’re covering costs for college prep, test fee, school supplies, and graduation fees,” said Sara Hayashi, Milk Money co-founder.

“We couldn’t provide the services we do without the support of the Northshore Schools Foundation,” said Dr. Chris Bigelow, Student Services director and Homeless Liaison for the Northshore School District.

The Foundation has a goal of raising $20,000, an average of just $100 per student, during May, which they have designated as MILK Money Month. Community members can get involved by visiting a local business that is collecting change or starting their own campaign at home or in their office by downloading an at-home campaign kit from their website.

M.I.L.K. is an acronym for Making an Impact on Learning for Kids, and is a play on many concepts including collecting change to be a part of the change.

Since 2010, the program has donated over $40,000 to students. The Windermere Foundation has provided more than a quarter of those funds as matching dollars. 

“The community involvement in this campaign has been phenomenal,” said Dalziel “We’ve seen Evergreen Church encourage their entire congregation to participate, received anonymous $1000 gifts, and had several places like Banner Bank, Sparta’s Pizza, Alexa’s Café, Proper & Ernest & Sound Credit Union decide to keep a bottle out all year.  We ever know what to expect but we know people are willing to help so that’s exciting.

The Milk Money campaign is sponsored by A.S.A.P. Appliance, Banner Bank, Country Village Shops, EricksonPNW Real Estate and Twin Brooks Creamery.

Find out more and get involved at www.NorthshoreSchools Foundation.org.
Carmin Dalziel
Executive Director
Northshore Schools Foundation

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