Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - June 1, 2007

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School Board meeting Tuesday
- Regularly scheduled meeting
Tuesday, June 5
7:30 p.m.
District Office (364 S. Park St.)
Open to Public

Retirement Celebrations 2006-2007 (remaining)

Green Park Elementary
Mark Randow
Thursday, June 7
3:00-5:00 p.m.

Walla Walla High School
Thursday, June 14
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Wa-Hi Commons

LTC. Gary Banks
Marsha Fortune
Barbara Fryhling
Mike Martin
Jim Tomlin
Bobbie Yaw

Prospect Point playground fund-raiser gaining momentum
A group of motivated Prospect Point parents are working hard to raise funds to replace the school’s aging playground equipment. Learn more about the project at: www.prospectpointplayground.com

“We are off to a great start — to date, we have received pledges and donations for a little over $22,500!” said Project Chair Staci Wanichek. “We need $12,500 by the end of June in order to place the purchase order and install the first piece of equipment before the start of the 2007/2008 school year!”

Wanichek says she is very optimistic that the group will get that money. According to Wanichek, individuals and businesses can help raise money for the playground by purchasing a personalized engraved brick. Information on purchasing a brick is available on the website listed above.

“The brick will be a testament of their support of the project,” she said.

Wanichek wants to give special thanks to the project’s larger gifts, from donors:
• Coffey Communications
• Brown’s Construction
• Evergreen Labs
• Baker Boyer Bank

Graduates of Distinction reception Wednesday
Walla Walla Public Schools names this year’s honorees for the Graduates of Distinction program. Honorees are: Barbara D. Johnson - Class of 1967, and Neil V. Follett - Class of 1944.

These individuals have distinguished themselves in their communities, professions, or careers and continue to bring honor to the district. Celebrate alongside these distinguished alumni at a reception in their honor on Wednesday, June 6 (details listed below). Listen to their stories and hear who helped shape their lives during their school years.

Date: Wednesday, June 6, 2007
Time: 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Place: Walla Walla School District Board Room (364 S. Park St.)

Barbara D. Johnson is a 1967 graduate of Walla Walla High School. She is currently the Assisting Presiding Judge of Clark County (Washington) Superior Court. She worked in private and public sector law practices from 1975 to 1987, then was appointed as the first female judge in the history of Clark County Superior Court. Barbara is an active Rotarian and has served on many volunteer boards and commissions, including the Clark College Foundation, Clark County Child Abuse Council and the Clark County Boundary Review Board. She and her husband Tom Ryall live in Vancouver, Washington.

Barbara chose Charlotte Wirth as her most inspirational staff person during her school years in Walla Walla. She said, “the lessons she learned from Miss Wirth have often come back to me. She taught me to value my interests and strengths even though they were often different from those of my classmates. “

Jerry Cummins of Walla Walla nominated Barbara for this award.

Neil Follett is a 1944 graduate of Walla Walla High School. He retired in 1990, after working nearly 40 years in his own veterinary practice here in Walla Walla. He enlisted in the Army Air Corp right after high school graduation. He later attended Washington State University and received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1951. Neil served as member and chairman of the College Place School Board for 10 years, is a life member of the Walla Walla Elks Club and has served on the Murr Family Foundation Scholarship Committee since 1994. He helped develop the Bluewood Ski Area outside of Dayton, working on the project for more than 20 years. Neil and his wife Betty live in Walla Walla

Neil’s inspirational staff person is the late Bess Kirk, who “made math fun and exciting.” He said he “was inspired by her to go into the fields of mathematics and science...making college classes enjoyable and meaningful.”

Nominators for Neil were his children: Marcia Follett, Debbie Schade, Laura Pasqua, and Robert Follett.

Community invited to End-of-Year celebrations

Wa-Hi Baccalaureate
Sunday, June 3 - Blue Mt. Community Church, 6 p.m.

Wa-Hi Academic Recognition
Wednesday, June 6 - Wa-Hi Auditorium, 7 p.m.

Graduates of Distinction Reception
Wednesday, June 6 - Board Room, 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Opportunity Program Senior Celebration Luncheon
Wednesday, June 6 - 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (919 S. 2nd)

Paine High School Commencement
Thursday, June 7 - Paine Gym, 6:00 p.m.

Wa-Hi Commencement
Friday, June 8 - Wa-Hi campus, 7:30 p.m.

Pioneer 8th Grade Recognition
Tuesday, June 12 - Wa-Hi Main Gym, 7:30 p.m.

Garrison 8th Grade Recognition
Wednesday, June 13 - Cordiner Hall, 7:00 p.m.