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THE ISSAQUAH PRESS PAGE C 6 WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2009 GOLD STARS Issaquah School students Issaquah High School stu- dents are collecting gifts to make the holidays a bit By Christopher Huber Six laps around the field is one brighter for local students,lssaquah Press reporter mile, Duffner said. The children Students are collecting gifts receive incentives to keep running. for the Eastside Domestic Vie- s the doors were flung They get a toe-shaped token for lence Gift Drive and Tree open for lunch recess, every four miles (24 laps), a rub- House's Fostering Tunes until dozens of second- and ber duck for every 12 miles (72 Dec. 18. third-graders flooded laps) completed and an eagle to- Fostering Tunes is a the playfield where ken (representing the school mas- fundraiser that provides musi- Discovery Elementary School edu- cot) when they hit the 100-lap cal instruments and funds for cational assistant Anne Duffner milestone, she said. music lessons for foster chil- had set up their lap-tallying cards To some, this club is preparing dren in King County. and box of tokens, them for the cross country and Fostering Tunes' goal is to The air was crisp and cool Dec. track teams at Pine Lake Middle provide equal opportunities 2, but the sun was out and the School, Duffner said. It's not some- for artistic expression, happy children were ready to run. thing they have to commit to, childhoods, and brighter fu-Duffner greeted them as they though. They run at their own tures for foster kids. Eastside grabbed their personal cards that leisure. Domestic Violence's goals are accounted for every lap they had "These kids really want to do it," to provide services to womencompleted this school year. she said. "Some kids do it every and children who have experi- And then, they were off. 'day." enced physical, emotional orThe mob dispersed as everyone Duffner started the Track Club sexual abuse and to prevent hustled along, strung out in groups in 2008 after she realized some domestic violence through ad- and lines around the perimeter of students needed a more positive vocacy, education and sup- the dirt baseball field. Other stu- activity at recess. Some didn't play port. dents played on the big-toy, the with others. Some played too They are accepting un- monkey bars or the basketball rough with others. wrapped gifts, instruments and court, and the playground assis- Students "needed to have some- monetary donations at the tants roamed the area. thing else to do at recess that had school, 600 Second Ave. S.E., "My favorite part is getting a little more structure to it," in room D-8. prizes, like the tokens and the Duffner said. ducks," said second-grader Max Principal "['era Coyle said she ] Wu, who has completed 271 laps immediately supported the idea. I since September. Not only does the activity promote Jeff Shipley Issaquah resident Jeff Ship- ley completed his Eagle Scout project at the Issaquah High- lands' Central Park on Nov. 7. Jeff and a team of volun- teers planted 91 trees along the western and southern slopes of Central Park Pad 3. The area has some of the steepest slopes in the park and is near the new synthetic turf fields. The trees replaced invasive BY CHRISTOPHER HUBER Scotch broom plants that had Discovery Elementary School students find their lap tally cards during lunch been growing in the area. The recess as they run laps around the playground. trees they planted included Douglas fir, western red cedar, spruce, vine maple, big leaf maple, Oregon ash, service * berry and hazelnut. Jeff worked closely with the city's open space steward and arborist/horticulturist to lay By Max Smith-Holmes past three and a quarter years out the trees. The project re- of high school will be reduced to a moved 15 yards of invasive igh school students simple narrative composed of my plants, taken out by 50 volun- have three years to transcript, ACT scores, extracur- teers who contributed more display intellectual ricular activities, a personal state- than 128 volunteer hours, promise, forge rela- ment and teacher letters of recom- tionships with pas- mendation. However, if I were to Gold Stars highlights accomplish- sionate teachers, compete in var- tell someone about myself, I would ments -- big or small-- by lssaquah sity sports and aid humanity, most likely not share any of the in- students. Send a few sentences and The problem is that most of us formation that I have written on the student's name, age, grade, don't know who we are yet and if my college applications. school, good deed andaphotograph, we do, we are probably not fully Developing passions and figur- if possible, to confident in our identifies, ing out how to manifest them in clusebrink@isspress.com. To college admissions officers, an application friendly form is a Your child may need help with reading, math or study skills. Our specially trained teachers and personal attention can give your child the boost he or she needs to do well this school year. 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Students'': started doing it left and right," Coyle said. "It keeps them out of trouble and it keeps them mov- ing? She praised the program as an example of Duffner's compassion for the "underdogs" at school. "She finds kids that might be the underdog," Coyle said. "She finds ways to make them be successful." Halfway through the Track Club's second year now, Duffner said she is looking for more incen- tives to spark students' inter.est and keep the between 100 and 250 current runners coming back every recess. She said The FootZone, of Is- saquah, may donate a pair of shoes or other prizes for success- ful Discovery runners. Christopher Huber: 392-6434, ext. 242, or chuber@isspress.com. Comment at www. issaquahpress, com. Hall Monitor Max Smith- Holmes SkyUne High School daunting task for a high school student. 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