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THE ISSAQUAH PRESS PAGE C6 WEDNESDAY9 NOVEMBER 4, 2009 GOLD STARS Jeremy derson Jeremy Anderson, a Skyline High School junior, was awarded with the Sinai Hospi- tal's Rubin Institute's Honorary Patient of the Year award for his battle to heal from a procedure to lengthen the bones in his legs. Jeremy was born with a med- ical condition that caused him to use a prosthetic when one of his legs developed shorter than the other, resulting in signifi- cant mobility and athletic limi- tations, a district press release said. Recently, he parmered with one of the world's most renowned teams of orthopedic surgeons at the hospital, in Bal- timore, and he has been travel- ing back and forth from his Sammamish home to undergo treatments to lengthen his leg. The procedure involved breaking his femur, shin bones, the tibia and fibula. Using a brace-like apparatus, his mus- cles, tendons and ligaments have been stretched every day to match the lengthening oc- curring in his bones. But even the operations and physical therapies haven't kept him from a rigorous academic schedule of International Bac- calaureate science and mathe- matics courses or from volun- teeriffg at the Save-, -Limb Ride & Festival bicycle ride and festi- val in Baltimore to raise aware- ness and money for children born with limb deficiencies. He also made himself and his doc- tor matching tie-dye shirts. As the honorary patient of the year, orthopedic surgeon John Herzenberg asked Jeremy to be his special guest at a fundrais- ing dinner for the Rubin Insti- tute. By the New Year, Jeremy hopes to be walking without crutches or other support. Issaquah School District The school district's Trans- portation Department passed the Washington State Patrol and State Superintendent's Of- fice school vehicle and bus in- spection with flying colors. For the past two years, district offi- cials, bus mechanics and trans- portation employees have re- ceived outstanding marks on the inspection. Gold Stars highlights accomplishments -- big or small -- by lssaquat~stu- dents. Send a few sentences and the student's name, age, grade, school, good deed and a photograph, if possi- ble, to clusebrink@isspress.com. By Chantelle Lusebrtnk Issaquah Press reporter hen Issaquah Middle School's Green Team mem- bers talk trash, they mean it. Team members met with Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers and volunteers to help track their trash Oct. 26. MIT volunteers spoke with students about their SENSEable Cities Laboratory project, which strives to monitor and research how cities are being transformed with the tools and technology we use, and the impacts it has on them, said graduate research stu- dent Christoph Chung. By studying the changes, researchers hope to better understand, anticipate and plan for city development in the future, ac- cording to the project's Web site. "We want to get kids more aware of where they are putting their trash, what they can recycle and what they are throw- ing away," Chung said. "It's also a great way to instill good trash habits from an early age." To help the researchers gather data about how trash circulates and moves within a city, Issaquah students were asked to bring a piece of trash with them. And bring their trash they did. You name it and they brought it to the track --food, plastic bottles, cellular phones and cereal boxes. Since Seattle has an extensive recycling and waste management program through various entities, like Waste Management and CedarGrove Composting, there are plenty of different types of adventures the trash could embark on. To follow the adventures, each piece of trash was linked with a mobile tracking de- vice that uses batteries similar to those on a cell phone with a global positioning tracker, said Tim Pritchard, a volunteer researcher with MIT. Each tracker has a specific number that students could write down and later track via an Internet map, Pritchard said. "This will let people know where their stuff goes, or if something comes out wrong, they can see where the mistake was made," seventh-grader Rohit Talluri said. The batteries attached to the trash fit within international regulations of what type of electronics can be thrown away, that way they aren't harming the environment with the project, Chung said. From Waste Management's perspective, the project could help them better under- stand their processes in real time. "We spend a lot of time and energy in cre- ating efficient routes and we feel pretty con- fident in what we've put together, but we are always open to new ways to improve our efficiencies," said Rita Smith, commu- nity education director with Waste Manage- ment. For instancel if a particular piece of trash is collected and sits on a truck circling the city for miles, there may be a way to scale down that time and use less fuel. "But we really want to get public attention "We want to get kids more aware of where they are putting their trash, what they can recycle and what they are throwing away. It's also a great way to instill good trash habits from an early age." -- h dstoph Chung MIT graduate research student focused on where their items are going. They really are going to compost, to a recy- cling plant," or wherever else they need to go, Smith said. From this kind of important project, sixth- grader Maddie Lyles said people can learn a lot about how to help our environment. "I would like them to make it a law," Mad- die said, "because it would help the envi- ronment, and throwing things into landfills just causes global warming. Recycling is something we can all do,, It would be cool, 1t" a long time from now, we had automatic recycling," because of this project, seventh-grader Jordan Can- ning said. "I also want this to be used to show what we can make from recycled things." Chantelle Lusebrink: 392-6434, ext. 241, or cluse- brink@isspress.com. Comment at www. issaquahpr ess. com. Tiffany Lo, an Issaquah Middle School seventh grader, is using where her yogurt container will travel in the next few days. BY CHANTELLE I~USEBRINK an MITtracking device to find out Chdstoph Chung, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduate researcher, hands out tracking devices to Issaquah they can track their trash as part of MWs SENSEable Cities project that will help create a more sustainable future. BY CHANTELLE LUSEBRINK Middle School students so Help fill the racks at the Issaquah Food & Clothing bank with a good selection of children's and adults warm jackets, coats and shoes. Donated coats & shoes should be clean and new or gently used. Sponsored by a new Church in Issaquah CELEBRATION COMMUNITY CHURCH P.O. Box 3022, Issaquah, WA 98027 Pastor Ingolf Kronstad Phone: 425-260-1187 Email: CelebrationChurchlssaquah@yahoo.com A community service project of Kiwanis Club of Issaquah Drop coats MrF 9-5 to The Issaquah Press - 45 Front Street S. US Bank - 1295 NW Gilman Blvd. Watts Properties - 195 Front Street N. FootZone - 755 NW Gilman Blvd. REI - 735 NW Gilman Blvd. Key Bank - 405 NW Gilman Blvd. Starbucks - 1460 NW Gilman Blvd. Therapeutic massage is beneficial to overall health and wellness and has been proven to: Decrease blood pressure and heart rate " Stimulate the body's natural defense system * Decrease stress In other words, massage is a vital part of body maintenance. 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