Northwest NEWS

May 8, 2000

Editorial

Books, coloring materials needed

   For my Northshore School District eighth grade community service project, I have chosen to solicit books and coloring materials for the elementary school age children of migrant worker families who come to Pasco, Washington, during the cherry harvest in June. To prepare for this project, I have researched information on migrant worker families and their circumstances.

   Even though I live in the Northshore area, I consider the families who grow and help harvest the fruit that we purchase in our Puget Sound grocery stores to be a part of my community. I am aware of political concerns for the migrant way of life, but do not have the knowledge to determine policy.

   In addition to giving the children something fun to do, the books will help them learn academically, as well as knowing that I consider them to be a part of my community and that I and other contributors care for them and their well-being.

   I have placed a labeled box in the entry way office of First Lutheran Church of Bothell, 10207 NE 183rd (just east of Mills Music), and in the main office of Leota Junior High School to collect donations of books (English or Spanish), coloring books, crayons, and markers. First Lutheran Church office hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thank you for helping me with this project.

Caitlen Carlson Rothe, Woodinville