Northwest NEWS

May 17, 1999

School

Northshore PTA, Rhonda McKim receive awards from state

   The excellence of the Northshore PTA was recognized at the 1999 annual awards ceremony hosted by the Washington State PTA.

   In the Outstanding Newsletter category, the PTAs from Kenmore Elementary, Fernwood Elementary, and Kenmore Junior High were all recognized for their work.

   In addition, Kenmore, Lockwood, Frank Love, Shelton View elementaries, and Kenmore Junior High were recognized as Honor Units for their outstanding programs and contributions to children within their school and community. Northshore PTAs received five of the 13 awards given statewide in this category.

   Winner of this year's Outstanding Service Award was Rhonda McKim, known affectionately in the Northshore community as the "Violence Queen." Her work on behalf of all children spans many topics and causes. In her role as chair of the Violence-Intervention and Prevention Advocacy Topic, she produced two "Call to Action" kits, one on PTA's role in reducing youth gun violence and one dealing with domestic violence. Each contains valuable information, newsletter articles, legislative strategies and program ideas.

   She currently serves as chair of the "Every Teen Counts" Advocacy topic and has produced a series of informative and practical Advocacy Briefs on a wide variety of issues affecting teens and children as they move into their young adult years. As part of this project, she created a "Call to Action" kit on Youth Suicide Prevention.

   Rhonda has worked in partnership with a number of organizations to secure funding, resources, and materials to create the kits. She has partnered PTA with the University of Washington School of Nursing, the American Cancer Society, the Eating Disorders Awareness Program, Washington Ceasefire, Washington State Coalitition Against Domestic Violence, and Washington State Department of Health.

   In addition, Rhonda has represented the Washington State PTA at the national level in the implementation of the "Taking Charge of Your TV" media literacy program and presents this workshop to a variety of audiences around the state.

   She has served on the board of directors of the North King County United Way, the Northshore/Shoreline Health and Safety Network, Washington Ceasefire, and Teen Northshore.