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A2 WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25~ 2009 THE ISSAQUAH PRESS BY WARREN KAGARISE Clark Elementary School fifth- graders recently embarked on a diplomatic mission with cedar planks, copper strips and a mes- sage of friendship. Students used the materials to craft journals that will be sent to children in Chefchaouen, Morocco. Teacher Julia Landa, whose 24 students undertook the project, said the assignment kindled an interest in the African nation. "The wanderlust and the cultur- al intrigue were immediately sparked," she said. Chefchaouen and Issaquah inked an agreement in 2007, binding the distant municipalities as sister cities. Issaquah residents Dan and Portia Anderson, who will vacation in Morocco later this year, plan to deliver journals pro- duced by the Clark students. The Andersons will also deliver art supplies to Moroccan students. The students planned to visit the Blue Door, an arched doorway sent by Chefchaouen officials as a gift for Issaquah City Hall. They were scheduled to deliver the journals and sample a Moroccan tea during the March 24 event. Students fashioned the journals from cedar planks -- which became the covers -- recycled paper and copper accents. Landa said a parent volunteer planned to bind the journals with leather cord. The students also wrote inscriptions for the title pages. Landa integrated art, science, social studies, reading and writing into the journal project. I thought this would be a really good chance for them to make something and put their hearts and souls into it, and to share something with people on the other side of the world," she said. She said the idea for a sister-city project came from City Clerk Tina Eggers, whose daughter Morgan is in Landa's class. Landa and her husband, Brent Johnson, visited Morocco last year. They toured Marrakech, Casablanca and the capital, Rabat. Chefchaouen, nes- fled in mountainous, northwest- ern Morocco near the Mediterranean coast, was a last- minute addition to their itinerary. When she launched the unit on Morocco in early March, Landa showed a slideshow of photos she Clark Elementary School fifth-grader in Chefchaouen, Morocco. Kahlie Bomgardner works on a page for a TINA EGGERS Clark Flementary $hool fifth-grader Morgan Eggem completes a drawing to be included in a journal that will be sent to students in Morocco. TINA EGGERS journal that will be sent to students husband spent three days sight- seeing, shopping and listening to the Islamic call to prayer. "Walking around the town, you feel such a connection to where ~ou are, because the peo,ple have Pen there for so long, Landa said. Mayor Ava Frisinger, who has traveled to Morocco twice in the years since the sister-city agree- ment, said Chefchaouen's long history permeates the town and the identity of its people. Moreover, the sister-city initia- tive provides an "opportunity for people in our community to be introduced to a culture that is sig- nificantly different from what we have here," she said. She said the ties that bind the two cities are deep. "We've experienced such a great friendship between one another," she said. During her visits, "we found ourselves welcomed, embraced and treated as family." and her husband snapped during also wanted to retrace part of the during the 1960s. Reach Reporter Warren Kagarise at 392- their trip. route her parents traveled when "Anywhere their V-Dub would6434, ext. 234. or wkagarise@isspress.com. "I had always wanted to go" to they drove a Volkswagen vantake them, they went," she said. Comment on this story at www.issaquah- Morocco, she said, adding that she throughout Europe and Africa In Chefchaouen, Landa and her press.com. 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CALL (425) 427-2929 TODAY. ~ ,4 ~ Ore Sert4c~ Com~ 100 TIMBER RIDGE WAY NW, ISSAQUAH, WA 98027 (425) 427-2929 TOLL-FREE (888) 427-2929 Www.TIMBERRIDGELCS.coM me~m BY DAVID HAYES IFYOU GO The official Issaquah Relay for Life event is still over two months away. But that's not stopping one group of enterprising teens from getting a head start on fundraising to raise money for the American Cancer Society's annual event in June. The six members of the team Highland Tigers from Skyline High School are hosting their second annual Ice Skating Exhibition, from 7:30-11:30 p.m. March 28 at Castle Ice. Team captain Michelle Murphy, a junior, said the Highland Tigers are all amateur, competitive ice skaters. And they've invited some friends from the region to join the festivities. "There will be roughly 15 skaters from around the Seattle area performing in the show, with ages ranging from 12 to 18 years old," Murphy said. All of the skaters who will be performing are Northwest Pacific regional competitors, but many of these skaters are also junior national, sectional, national and interna- tional competitors as well." This is the team's second year in the relay. Murphy said they were Relay for Life Ice Skating Exhibition 7:30-8:15 p.m. March 28 Castle Ice Arena 12620 164th Ave. S.E., Renton Admission: $5 Open skate: $8 the extra dollars, there will also be a bake sale, a free tea tasting of a variety of Pacific Mist teas and a booth selling reusable water bot- tles. Relay for Life event co-chair Karen Conley said the Highland Tigers are the leading teen fundraisers. So far, they've raised $940. Their goal is $2,500. Conley said the overall goal for Relay is to top last year's total. "We're aiming to get 80 teams to raise $242,000," Conley said. With only 48 teams so far, she said organizers will accept applica- tions for new teams until early May. The next team captain meeting is at 6:30 p.m. April 14 at the Issaquah Valley Senior Center, where team all at the skating rink chatting one expectations are reviewed, event day when they decided it would be information is passed along and a good idea to join in on the relay, challenges are given for the month. Many of them have close experi- To entice more attendance, Conley ences with cancer. "My sister had leukemia at age 3 or 4 and team founder Chrissy Hughes' mother had breast can- cer," Murphy said. Hughes, a gold medalist at the 2007 Jnnior Grand erix Harghita Cup and 2007 Junior Grand erix Sophia Cup, is now a freshman at Seattle Pacific University. The next logical step for the group of skaters was to host an exhibition. Admission is $5 per person, with all the proceeds going to Relay for Life. Murphy said after the performances, there will be an open skate for the public attending the show for $8. "The rink has been generous enough to give $3 of every $8 fee to Relay," Murphy added. Last year's event raised more than $700. Murphy said she hopes to top $800 this year. To bring in said Domino's Pizza is donating free pizza. This year's relay May 30-31 will break from tradition and be at Skyline High School, due to con- struction at Issaquah High School. The evening's highlight will still be the always-impressive memorial luminaries lit up in remembrance of those who have won and lost their battles with cancer. There will also be camping out on the track's infield and live entertain- ment, although that is yet to be lined up, Conley said. For now, Murphy said the public will have to come to Castle Ice for a night of fun entertainment. "They'll be able to see a whole bunch of skaters doing what they love to do," Murphy said. "Plus, during the free skate, they'll get to spend time with their family and friends and the people they love." Student wins Optimist Club dents across the Puget Sound essay contest area. The winning essay will compete Members of the Optimist Club of with winners from other Optimist Issaquah awarded a $250 college Clubs in the Pacific Northwest dis- scholarship to the winner of the trict-level contest. The winner of club's essay contest, that competition will be sent to the Gretchen Stroh, a senior at international-level contest. College Stillaguamish Valley School in scholarships are available for top Arlington, won the contest, which winners at the district and interna- asked entrants to write an essay tional levels. based on a theme, "The Power of The Optimist Club of Issaquah Youth." The contest, sponsored by will hold an award ceremony at 6 the local chapter of Optimist p.m. March 26 in the Eagle Room International, was open to stu- at City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way. Let's tar about the Birds and the Bees! 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