Fill the bus: CISK leads sixth annual School Supply Drive



Communities In Schools of Kent is leading the sixth annual School Supply Drive for students entering kindergarten through the 12th grade.

The public is encouraged to bring supplies to help organizers fill a school bus that will be parked at the Kent School District Administration Center, 12033 SE 256th St., on on Thursday, Aug. 16, from approximately 3:30 to 4 p.m., and at Kent Station on Ramsay Way for the SOAKS event, also on the same day, from 5 to 7 p.m.

All donations will be distributed directly to schools in Kent and Covington.

Check out for school supply dropoff locations that are available now and for what school supplies that are needed.

Outstanding work

Sydney Still of Kent was among dozens of Western Washington University students who received Outstanding Graduate honors for the 2017-18 academic year.

Faculty members from dozens of academic departments and programs select one graduate to honor as the Outstanding Graduate of the year. Selection is a high honor based on grades, research and writing, service to the campus and community, and promise for the future.

The graduates were recognized at spring commencement in Bellingham on June 16.

Still graduated in March with a bachelor of arts degree and as the Outstanding Graduate in Recreation. She also minored in leadership.

At Western, Still was inducted into the National Society of Leadership and Success and the National Society for Collegiate Scholars. She was included on the dean’s list several times and received the recreation program’s Academic Excellence Award.

Out of class, Still was a club officer and leader with Campus Christian Fellowship and participated in service trips to Louisiana and Nicaragua. She and fellow student Trevor Bieker worked with Director of Education Abroad Ryan Larsen to incorporate ecotourism principles and practices into Western’s Study Abroad Pre-departure Orientation.

Still said the faculty and staff in the recreation department have made a huge difference in her life.

“I am forever indebted to these amazing people who really love what they do, care deeply about each of their students and who by being their genuine self and showing up everyday impact lives without even trying,” Still said.

Still plans to complete a Campus Minister in Training internship with Campus Christian Fellowship at Western. Still, a graduate of Kentridge High School, is the daughter of Rick and Bethany Still.


The BECU Foundation recently awarded 80 student members, including Brie Arnold and Ebneazer Tsegaye of Kent – with either $2,500 or $3,500 scholarships each to use towards their college education. …

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