Northwest NEWS

October 4, 1999

Valley Special

Network awards funds for Children's Day celebration

   Children's Services of Sno-Valley and the Carnation Preschool Cooperative were recently awarded funds to celebrate Washington State Children's Day on Oct. 10. The funds were awarded by the Snoqualmie Valley Community Network, which had sought proposals from children's organizations throughout the Valley.

   "The intent with Children's Day is to communicate to children in our community that they are valued and contributions to their communities are honored," said Ellen Kropp, Network Coordinator.

   "The funds we were awarded will be used in two ways," said Nancy Whitaker, interim director of Children's Services of Sno-Valley. "First, our Duvall Family Center will host a Children's Day celebration on October 10 from one to five in the afternoon. Everyone in the community is invited to come. Second, the nearly 130 children who attend the CSSV infant, toddler, and preschool classes in North Bend will have their handprints cast in clay, which will be glazed and fired. These mementoes will be presented to the children along with a poem about valuing children."

   The Carnation Cooperative Preschool, located at the Tolt Congregational Church in Carnation, will use the funds awarded to them to enhance and upgrade their outdoor playground and then celebrate the occasion with a family picnic for the toddler, preschool, and church member families on October 17.

   The Snoqualmie Valley Community Network is a local group made up of citizens and agency representatives charged by the state legislature with supporting community-based changes to improve the lives of children and families. For more information on how to get involved, call Ellen Kropp at 333-6614.