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PAGE C6 THE ISSAQUAH PRESS SCHOOLS WEDNESDA FEBRUARY 11,2009 ' GOLD STARS Sean golar Sean Kolar, an 18-year-old Skyline High School senior, has been helping special-needs chil- dren in an organization called Ski for All. During ski season, Sean has spent every Saturday volunteering to help the chil- dren learn to ski and snow- board since he turned 14. While he is taking this season off, he still attends many of the chil- dren's Special Olympics events. Chloe Strandwold Chloe Strandwold, a 7-year-old second- grader at Challenger Elementary School, do- nated her December allowance to purchase toys for the school's drive for families in need. It wasn't the first time Chloe has parted with her hard-earned money. She saves 20 percent of her allowance every month and donates it to a worthy cause. She also donated $25 of her own money and col- lected food items to benefit the Humane Society from her guests for her birthday in Au- gust. "Her parents are very proud of her," her mother Tam- era Strandwold wrote. Kelly Salb Kelly Salb, a 6-year-old full- day kindergartner at Endeavour Elementary School, goes out of her way to help other students. During the December wind- storms, she noticed one of her friends crying and standing by himself because he was scared of the high winds. Kelly stopped what she was doing and went over to the boy and kept him company through recess. "I think Kelly demonstrated kindness and caring for her fellow classmates," her mother Kathy Salb wrote. Nicole O'Connor Nicole O'Connor, a lO-year- old fifth-grader at Issaquah Valley Elementary School, vol- unteers her help to Matt Harris and the Issaquah Valley Cougar Club staff members who run art classes. She "works pa- tiently to help the students suc- ceed," Harris wrote. "Not only does Nicole have a deep pas- sion for art, she also loves to help the other students feel a sense of accomplishment." Gold Stars is an opportunity for teach- ers, principals, custodians, bus driv- ers, family and friends to highlight all accomplishments, big or small, by our school students. Send a few sentences giving us the student's name, age, grade and school, and good deed to clusebrink@isspress, com. Families that play together, stay fit together Cougar Ridge offers shared fitness activities BY CHANTELLE LUSEBRINK Tennis, rock climbing and bad- minton in January? It isn't spring in Issaquah yet, but families at Cougar Ridge Ele- mentary School are making the most of the school's equipment and staying fit. The school's physical education department and the PTSA hosted two family fitness nights to get the school community moving during the dark winter months. "It is a way to get kids more in- volved with doing physical exer- cise with their parents," said Lisa Patton, the school's physical edu- cation specialist. "It also draws people to the school in a unique setting." Families with students in kindergarten through second grade came to school Jan. 13 and families with students in grades three through five came Jan. 27. Each night, sons and daughters brought their parents to play bas- ketball, volleyball, badminton, ten- nis, jump rope, do Hnla Hoops and climb the indoor rock wall. Nearly 300 people came the first night and another 100 came for the sec- ond, said Heidi Klansnick, a school PTSA member. Kendra Beighle and Marlee Nan- gle, both fourth-graders, chal- lenged their fathers to a tennis match, which they seemed to be winning Jan. 27. "My dad and I like to spend time together and we have fun doing sports," Kendra said. "She made me do the climbing wall," Randy Beighle said, rubbing his arm. "It's a lot harder than it looks. You're hanging by your hands for at least two minutes straight." Both Randy Beighle and Pat Nangle agreed that spending time doing physical activities with their families is important, not just be- cause it keeps them healthy, but because they spend time together. "We were actually just talking about going skiing together," Pat Nangle added. The family fitness nights began as Patton took over the school's P.E. program a couple of years : : BY CHANTELLE LUSEBIINK Vlctofla Evans and her daughter, Leah Evans, 9, (above) turn the jump rope for Vibhuti Kacholia, 9, at family fitness night Jan. 27 at Cougar Ridge Elementary School. Students brought their parents (leE) to play a number of games the school has for its physi- cal education classes, like tennis, badminton, basketball and volleyball. ago. The family fitness nights are just one more component of raising the health and fitness of the stu- dents, as well as the school's sur- rounding community, she said. The program includes nutrition, overall health and wellness, and physical fitness components. With the addition of new educa- tion programs, the Cougar Ridge gym has also become home to new equipment, like the climbing wall and indoor tennis, which both Pat- ton and Klansnick said they Schools in focus (, This week-- Cougar Ridge Elementary School wanted to share with the commu- nity. "We wanted to use our building for family activities, especially since we don't have a neighbor- hood recreation center close by," Patton said. "It is something our parents can do with our kids to work on their family's health, and they can come spend quality time together." Victoria Evans, her daughter, Leah Evans, 9, and her friend Vib- huti Kacholia, 9, played with a jump rope in another area of the gym. "I like to jump rope," Leah said. "And my mom wanted to come, since my brother went with my grandpa." "I like the sense of community that comes from an event like this at the school," Victoria Evans said. ',I just like to work out," Vbhuti said. "My morn and my dad and I all like to work out together." She said her family especially likes to play badminton and she plays basketball. "We go for half-hour or hour walks together, too," said her fa- ther erafurl Kacholia. "It's nice to get the family out in the winter." Reach Reporter ChanteUe Lusebrink at 392-6434, ext. 241, or clusebrink@iss- press.com. Comment on this story at www. issaquahpr ess. com. Lucky to one of a million zLt Obama's inauguration BY STACY BUELL A few short weeks ago, I was waiting in a crowd so close, move- ment was not an option. I wasn't waiting to see the latest band or be first to get the newest electronic gadget. I was waiting to witness history. As a high school junior, I saw Barack Hussein Obama be sworn in as president of the United States, and I heard him address the 1.8 million people standing before him. educalion Your Future Awaits. Be Smarter, K-12 Tutoring On Inauguration Day, Jan. 20, I couldn't sleep a wink. Before leav- ing, I checked to make sure I had my most prized possession: my in- augural ticket. With ticket in hand, I made my way in to the city. The air was abuzz, and as I looked around, every single face was lit up by a smile. The atmosphere was inde- scribable, but words like joy, ex- citement, anticipation, inspiration and hope came to mind. If one were to take those words and throw them into a pot, and Hall Monitor Stacy Buell Skyline High School then add a dash of humanity, a pinch of freedom and five handfuls of diversity, they might get some- thing close to my experience. After a few hours of waiting in rmmmmmmilmmmlmmmlmmlllmmmmlllill I i J ! THE IS00L00QUAH PP00SS [ I I '  Private parties only. 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After much duress, and two more lines, I did finally get in to the inauguration, and the feeling of unity never left me. But I was one of the lucky ones; I got in and had this mind-blow- ing, amazing opportunity. Now, it is up to Americans to uphold Obama's message and keep that caring spirit from Inauguration Day alive. Let's show the world what we can do as the United States of America. THOMAS R. QUICKSTAD, DDS FAMILY DENTISTRY ON THE PLATEAU SINCE 1989 SERVICES AVAILABLE: Preventive Gleanings Digital X-ray (75% less radiation) Cosmetic Veneers Sealants Crowns Dentures Teeth Bleaching Bridges Extractions Fillings Implants 425-391-1331 NEW PATIENTS WELCOME 3707 Providence Point. Dr. SE Issaquah, WA 98029 Win $1,000 cash! Fill out the marketing and readership online survey for The Issaquah Press and be entered to win $1000! You'll need 30-40 minutes to complete the survey. The $1,000 prize is our way of saying thanks! Must be 18 years + to participate. 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