May 7, 2001
Communities 'bond' together
by Lisa Allen
Valley View Editor
Over 200 Riverview District parents, teachers and students took part in a 13-mile march from Tolt Middle School to Cedarcrest High School last Saturday to generate support for the May 15 bond measure.
The event also celebrated the "unification" of the two former "rival" Valley cities Duvall and Carnation, said Riverview Schools Committee Chair Helen Mellor.
A rift between the two communities emerged after Duvall was picked to be the home of the new Cedarcrest High School, built in 1993. Tolt Jr/Sr High School, the alma mater of generations of Valley students, was turned into a middle school.
Bad feelings stemming from that decision have been blamed for the continued failure of bond measures for athletic fields at Cedarcrest. The May 15 bond issue (Proposition 1) would build those athletic fields, repair school roofs and complete the performing arts center at Cedarcrest.
This will be the sixth try at passing an athletic fields bond. A similar try failed by 20 votes in November's general election.
Saturday's event, called "F.A.R." (Fields Arts Roofs) was organized by a subcommittee of the Riverview Schools Committee, led by former Carnation Mayor Dave Hunter.
The event began with a 9 a.m. rally at Tolt Middle School and concluded with another rally and barbecue at Cedarcrest about 1 p.m. Marchers could choose to walk all or just part of the way from Carnation to Duvall. About half of the trekkers went the entire distance.
"This was a history-making event," said Mellor. "We are celebrating the new unity between the two Valley cities."
King County Executive Ron Sims, King County Councilmember Louise Miller and state Representative Laura Ruderman attended the afternoon rally to show their support.
Participants signed two 3X5 plastic sheets and several footballs and soccer balls as mementoes that organizers hope to install at the new athletic fields.
"This is meant to prove to the naysayers that this community is united in support of the schools and children," said Mellor.