Riverview Youth Council sponsors ‘Sox in a Box’ drive for YouthCare

  • Written by Leanne Christensen
Riverview Youth Council member Leif Henrikson transports the “Sox in Boxes.” Photo by Leanne Christensen
Local student members of the Riverview Youth Council wanted to create an outreach service project that would make a difference for those in need during the holiday season.

At their meeting in early November the youth came up with the idea of a “Sox in a Box” donation drive. Students created large boxes and made arrangements to have the boxes delivered to local Riverview District school buildings with a request for students to bring in socks and gloves which would then be donated to YouthCare in Seattle.

YouthCare is an organization with a goal of helping to get homeless youths off of the streets and to prepare for life, with programs supporting outreach and basic needs, education, employment training and exploitation recovery.

After hearing of the many boxes of socks and gloves coming in for donation, a spokesperson from the organization stated that they were very touched to receive the many needed items the youth council had collected in their community.

The Riverview Youth Council and its counterpart the Snoqualmie Valley Youth Council are made up of local valley teens with a mission to create and support healthy, fun and substance free activities for all teens all year long. Their outreach programs/events range from creating “battle of the band” type concerts to “haunted Halloween tours” and participating in community leadership events sharing their voice and their experiences of “growing up in the valley.”

The youth councils were created through the Snoqualmie Valley Network under the leadership of Laura Smith.

Laura shares her experience with these innovative and inspiring teens: “The teens saw an opportunity to help and, as always, were pleased and thankful for the generous donations from the many families in our valley.”

The council would also like to thank the Riverview District building principals for their support of this project.  For  more information about the Riverview Youth Council, please contact the group at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

To lend your support to YouthCare, please log on to their website at: Be sure to check out their “wish list”  and the many ways in which your support can benefit these local teens in need.

Tolt Middle School ASB delivers 90 cans of SPAM to Hopelink

  • Written by Leanne Christensen, RSD
The Tolt Middle School annual magazine drive was a huge success as the Associated Student Body (ASB) and students were able to raise a portion of the funds needed to support the many ASB activities and events the fundraiser supports.

As part of selling magazines to raise dollars, students earn some simple prizes along the way as incentives to help reach the overall school goal. The Tolt PTSA is invaluable as helpers in collecting, processing and verifying orders. Throughout the drive, students earned cute ducks on lanyards so they could play games at lunch, spin the money wheel, attend a limousine luncheon, and attend a school-wide assembly. In addition, for every five magazine orders sold by a student, a can of SPAM was generated as a donation to the local food bank, Hopelink, in Carnation.

Fundraisers and incentives with prizes are commonplace in our schools these days but the ASB at Tolt wanted to also figure out a way to give back to their community. Built into the structure this year was to earn a can of SPAM for donation. After wrapping up all the sales, prizes, and orders, 90 cans of SPAM found their way to the middle school. The timing couldn’t have been better as 7th graders Keelee Reid and Tayla Weaver, along with the ASB advisor, Mr. Richert,  delivered all 90 cans to the food bank the week before winter break.

Giving back to their community and earning the dollars needed to support ASB activities is a great achievement by Tolt students. Students demonstrated Tolt pride through this successful fundraiser and needed food contributions during these trying economic times.

Ordering magazines and receiving the profit back to the school is now available all year long. As a reminder, the money earned goes to support ASB activities such as the student recognition program called Tolt Bucks, student of the month breakfast, activity buses two days a week, expenses for athletic competitions such as official fees, offsetting of costs for after-school socials, uniform replacement, and many other student-centered activities.

Subscribers can renew subscriptions and order new magazines at any time by visiting the Tolt website at and click on the QSP link. Regardless of when you order, the Tolt ASB will receive the 40 percent profit from each sale.

KCLS Study Zone tutoring schedule for Tolt Middle School

  • Written by Valley View Staff

With the arrival of the new year, King County Library (KCLS) has updated their tutoring dates/times/locations.

In addition to the Tolt Middle School Homework Club that is offered every Tuesday after school from 2:50-4 p.m. in the K Lab (adjacent to the Tolt Library), there are also free tutoring opportunities through the KC Libraries that your child may benefit from.

Carnation Library

Monday & Wednesday, 6-8 p.m., Tuesday 3:30-5:30 p.m. and Thursday 3-5 p.m.

Fall City Library

Tuesday 3-5 p.m. and Thursday 5-7 p.m.

North Bend Library  Monday & Tuesday 3-5 p.m., Wednesday 7-9 p.m.  and Thursday 4-6 p.m.

Snoqualmie Library

Tuesdays 3-5 p.m.

In addition to tutoring at the different KCLS locations, don’t forget there is:

Study Zone Online

Monday - Thursday 3-8 p.m. and Sunday 1-6 p.m.

Sno-Valley Senior Center dinner is Jan. 14

  • Written by Valley View Staff

Grandma’s oven-baked chicken is back!

This month’s Sno-Valley Senior Center benefit dinner is Saturday, January 14 and features that juicy chicken recipe folks have been raving about.

The dinner takes place at Carnation Elementary and is sponsored by Fairwinds Redmond. It’s organized and presented by volunteers, and proceeds directly benefit the Sno-Valley Senior Center. Seatings are at 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. and a $15 donation gets you a full dinner with chicken or salmon, salad and dessert.

Reservations are recommended. Call the Sno-Valley Senior Center Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. & 3 p.m.

Cedarcrest students compete in FFA job interview competition

  • Written by Katie Walsh, CHS FFA reporter

Lauren Labrosse and Connor Clancy anticipate the final round of interviews in the job interview competition. Photo by Katie Birum, FFA vice president
On December 5, four Cedarcrest FFA (Future Farmers of America) members made the journey to Lynden, Washington where they participated in the job interview competition for FFA.

Students Lauren Labrosse, Connor Clancy, AJ Schutte and Katie Birum spent many hours perfecting their resumes, cover letters, answering tough questions, and learning the correct format of writing a proper thank you letter.

This is a very competitive competition and students who place in the top five move onto the state level.

“The job interview competition is really fun and helps me to prepare for career interviews in my future,” stated CHS senior Lauren Labrosse.

Connor Clancy and Lauren consistently impressed the judges, and placed in the top five. The state FFA competition will take place in Pullman, Washington in early May of this year.

Cedarcrest is the only school in Western Washington to have two students moving on to the state level.

“All four students spent many hours perfecting their paperwork and worked incredibly hard to reach this level,” said advisor Sarah Thomas. “These students should be quite proud of themselves.”

She is right. It isn’t at all easy competing against other schools in our district. Students representing Mt. Vernon, Burlington, Lynden, Lynden Christian, Ferndale, Meridian and Arlington were all tough competitors.