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Volunteers needed at Acres of Diamonds

  • Written by Valley View Staff

Duvall’s Christian women’s home, Acres of Diamonds, is in desperate need of overnight help.

Due to an extreme change in their funding the past few months, they will be relying on volunteer sources until additional funding can be obtained.

If you or anyone you know (at church, your neighborhood, family, PTA, Bible study, etc.) would be available to help during this time, it would be a huge blessing to this important program.

If you know anyone who can take even one night, that would be wonderful.

For information, call Peggy L McNamara, executive director, at (425) 788-9999, or (425) 213-4127 or visit  www.acresofdiamonds.org.

‘Storytellers for Good’ films at Cedarcrest High School

  • Written by Leanne Christensen, RSD

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Teacher Peggy Filer with RAK student leaders: (Holding coats from the 2012 RAK coat drive) Maggie Gronberg, Sara Ullman, Robby MacNair and Chad Klingenberg. Photo by Devon Young
So often the news we read about and see on television can be overwhelmingly negative, sharing stories of crime, violence, corruption, etc.

Fortunately, there is a talented group of people at a place called Storytellers for Good, who have come together, dedicated to focus on and share commentaries of another kind ... those of compassion, kindness and goodness and the people who exemplify them.

Well, that is exactly what transpired when this impassioned group of storytellers came to Cedarcrest High School last month, to create a professional video highlighting Peggy Filer and her Random Acts of Kindness Club.

Mrs. Filer and her club were nominated in the fall of 2011 for the “Kindness Challenge Award” which was sponsored by the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation in Denver, Colorado.

Chosen as one of the top three finalists Peggy and her club were thrilled to hear that they would be the focus of a promotional video, created by Storytellers for Good who partners with the Kindness Foundation to create and share videos of everyday people and their inspiring acts of kindness.

Founder of Storytellers, Cara Jones, explains, “The work of Storytellers for Good is to create inspiring stories...recognizing that a culture can be defined by the types of stories it chooses to tell, we ultimately hope to help create a shift away from the fear and tragedy focused news, that has so influenced our world... whenever possible, we seek to give voice to positivity over pessimism. We aim to promote goodness, and in doing so, inspire greatness.”

During their day long visit to Cedarcrest,  Cara and  videographer Ted Allen  interviewed Mrs. Filer, her students and others who have played important roles in the Kindness Club over the years.

They participated in and filmed an ASB all-school assembly in which hundreds of bags of clothing were donated to Hopelink, tokens of appreciation were given to all those involved in the RAK “movement” and students shared quotes of gratitude for their most inspiring teachers.

After school Cara and Ted witnessed the RAK outdoor campus “clean up effort” and the always inspiring  Ixtapa “Pay it Forward” lunch, where the RAK students all chipped in and bought lunches for “random” customers at their favorite local restaurant.

All in all, quite an exhilarating experience for a teacher and her club which began 12 years ago with only a half dozen or so students attending their regular meetings.

Mrs. Filer has been a bit overwhelmed with the recognition and the award, saying, “It is so humbling to receive all of this attention... I am thrilled to honor and shine the light on the students in our club.

“They continue to inspire me every day.”

To read other inspiring stories for good, please go to: www.storytellersforgood.com.

REF Duvall Runs raise $9,000 for Riverview schools

  • Written by Paige Denison
Perfect racing weather welcomed a record number of runners on Sunday, June 3, for the 7th annual REF Duvall 5K/10K Runs and Kid’s Dashes.

There were 590 registered runners in the 5K,10K and Kid’s Dashes and 527 finishers overall  who turned out in support of raising funds for Riverview Education Foundation’s Health and Wellness programming grants.

Eric Garner of Woodinville won the flat and fast 5K for the 7th year in a row! And he won it in a course record time of 15:20.  Taking the blue ribbon for the women in the 5K was Club Northwest’s Amber Farthing of La Conner in a time of 18:41. One hundred runners braved the 10K challenge up in the Duvall hills and Sammamish’s Dan Sloat was the first one across the finish line in a time of 39:19. Anna Hill of Woodinville took the honors for the women in 47:46.

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The Kid’s Dash runners head toward the finish line. Suzi Pratt, Photobakery
Many runners had a great day experiencing their first race ever! Many others took on the 5K course as a family. Notable this year was the large presence of the Jr. Red Wolves Football Club who ran with their coaches in the 5K as a way to get in shape and give back to the community.  Another large contingent of runners hailed from Team Whirlwind Services. Owner Tim Weinert lives in Duvall and encourages his employees and their families to come out annually and celebrate a healthy community day together at the Duvall Runs.

Mariana Vancil of Duvall, age 86, got a roaring cheer from the crowd upon crossing the 10K finish line! She had this to say “…a long way ahead –  there shone a yellow-green vest that said – ‘we are here – waiting for you!’ Always they were so smiley and pleasant – I thanked the volunteers for their patience – they said they enjoyed being there – it just made it wonderful.” As a matter of fact, Ms. Vancil enjoyed the volunteers so much that she is planning to pay it forward and volunteer and encourage others at a race in the future!

And not to be left out, our youngest athletes stole the show in the Kid’s Dashes, churning through the finish to be rewarded with a green participant ribbon. Their smiles were a great way to close out a morning of healthy fun.

Riverview Education Foundation wishes to thank their generous sponsors and the 80+ volunteers that made this day possible! Thank you to GO Sponsors: IRWIN Realty Group, Whirlwind Services and Jr Red Wolves; to GET Sponsors: Duvall Civic Club, Duvall Family Dental, Duvall Fitness, Redmond Ridge Physical Therapy, Valley Chiropractic, Duvall Subway and Union Bank and to all our ON YOUR MARK Sponsors too! A complete list can be found at www.runduvall.org.

To date REF has raised nearly$420,000 in its history of improving student learning. The 2012-2013 academic year marks the 21st year for the REF Grant season. The application process will begin on September 7, 2012, with the deadline for all postmarked and emailed grant applications set for Friday, December 14, 2012. All grant recipients and applicants will be notified in late January, 2013.

For more information on grants, contact Mike Ward, grant administrator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

To learn more about the foundation, how to donate or get involved, visit our home page or contact President Sue Davenport at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

All race results and photos of the event can be found at www.runduvall.org.

Secondary summer school

  • Written by Valley View Staff

Riverview School District secondary summer school will run July 9 – August 2. Deadline for registration is June 27.

Classes will be held at Tolt Middle School and Cedarcrest High School.High school students should register early because there are a limited number of  computers available.

Students are expected to be in class on the first day of summer school and must attend all other class sessions.

Please plan vacations around summer school dates. Make-up work will not be given to students on vacation during summer school.

If your student is on an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or 504 Plan, it is important to consult with his/her counselor prior to enrolling. The program does not provide any special education classes or support services.

Transportation is being provided this year for students attending summer school at Tolt Middle School and Carnation Elementary. Students will be picked up at Tolt Middle School by 8:30 a.m. and Carnation Elementary by 8:45 a.m.

Online registration and tuition payment is available at: http://www.riverview.wednet.edu/summer_school/registration.htm.

Adventures in science ... scholars in the making

  • Written by Leanne Christensen, RSD

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Cedarcrest student, Avery Rich, shares her scientific discoveries with Cherry Valley students. Photo by Leanne Christensen
Have you ever wondered, “Can lasers be used to transfer energy,” or “How does the pressure in a soccer ball affect how far the ball travels” or “Which local restaurant’s pizza has the most grease?”

The answers to these and many other attention-grabbing  theories were explained in great detail at the recent Cherry Valley Elementary Science Fair.

The projects exhibited, like the students’ imaginations, were full of creativity, and ingenuity, including information on ... potato cannons, stats on the circumference of wheels, bubble gum competitions, flower potions for a longer bloom and light bulbs that run on batteries,  just to name a few.

Cherry Valley would like to thank the science committee, the CV PTA and all of the teachers and staff for their support of this impressive event. Special thanks to Cedarcrest science teacher Bruce Murdock for bringing CHS students Caitlin Guard, Avery Rich, Samantha Lehto, Al Knox and Anjani Patel to Cherry Valley and allowing them to explain their inspiring science and engineering fair projects with CVE students and parents.

The younger students were fascinated to see and hear of the scientific methods created by the high school student scholars, and rallied around their exhibit tables throughout the event.

“Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science.”

~Edwin Powell Hubble