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Community Extra: Applause

by admin on October 28, 2011


Watch D.O.G.S. puts Dads in classrooms

Dads across Snohomish County are keeping an eye on kids in local schools.

Mike Rogalinski has been coordinating the Watch D.O.G.S. program at Riverview Elementary School for more than three years.

D.O.G.S. stands for “Dads of Great Students,” and the program is a national initiative to get fathers to volunteer in schools.

“It’s all about … having a positive male role model in the school for not only your kids, but the kids that may not have a dad in their lives,” Rogalinski said.

Every school in the Snohomish School District and many other schools in Snohomish County have active Watch D.O.G.S. programs.

The Kiwanis Club of Snohomish supports the program, said spokesman Ken Hammond.

Winning writers honored in Edmonds

The Edmonds Arts Commission recently hosted the 26th annual Write on the Sound Writers’ Conference.

The contest attracts visitors to Edmonds each year. Participants came from California, Colorado, Hawaii, Michigan, Maryland, New York and Florida.

Kathleen Nicklaus of Florida won first place in fiction for “Counting Sheep.” Ramona S. Neal of Idaho took second place for “The Leavings.”

In the nonfiction category, Kathleen McClung of California won first place for “Message in a Bottle.” Joanne Peterson of Edmonds took second place for “You Were Always On My Mind.”

In the poetry category, Kathleen Nicklaus won first place for “Something in a Stormy Night,” and Teresa Grabstein of Mercer Island won second place for “Storage Unit.”


Teens raise money for new center

Kids from the Davis Place Teen Center are helping raise money for the new community center in Stanwood.

The center will house the Stanwood Camano Community Resource Center, Davis Place, Morgan’s Tales Used Bookstore and other community programs.

The teenagers are planning two bake sales later this month. They also plan to decorate and sell pumpkins picked from the community garden.

“With only $300,000 dollars left to raise for this $2 million project, the teens are excited to know that they are getting close to having a new teen center,” said Quicha Newton, Davis Place program coordinator.

To learn more or to make a contribution, call Davis Place Director Christie Connors at 360-629-5257.

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