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SECTION B THE ISSAQUAH PRESS C,C)MMUNITY WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2009 GINGERBREAD FARMING Above, Marvin Schaefer shows off a model gingerbread barn of the Schaefer family farm made by him and 15 fellow students for a class project in his Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Seattle class in Tukwila. The working farm, in the Four Lakes neighborhood, has been in the family for 40 years and is home to cattle, pigs and chickens. The class voted to make the farm one of their projects and built it entirely of gingerbread, cake fon- dant, pretzels, candy and icing. Top right, the diorama, admired by Schaefer's grandson Jack Roswald, 2, in- cludes trees, chickens, pigs, cows, a garden of pumpkins and corn, a tractor and a duck pond. Schaefer will grad- uate in the spring with a Professional Culinary Arts diploma and plans to 6tart a catering company. PHOTOS BY GREG FARRAR Liberty High School PTSA gives cookies to school staff By Tim Pfarr Issaquah Press reporter he Liberty High School PTSA held its first staff-apprecia- tion cookie exchange Dec. 16. More than 50 parents donated three-dozen cookies each as part of the effort. In to- tal, the PTSA collected about 1,500 cookies for the school's staff. "The teachers were all hugging us and thanking us," said Holly Hollinger, Liberty PTSA vice presi- dent of volunteering and co-chair of staff appreciation. "I really think it went well." She said the effort grew out of a similar staff-appreciation cookie exchange at Maywood Middle School. Although the exchange is a new event, Hollinger said she was thrilled with the participation. "The response has been so over- whelming," she said. Between 10 and 11:30 a.m. Dec. 16, Hollinger and about 10 other volunteers collected the cookies in the staff lounge and packaged them in boxes for staff members. Each box contained about two dozen-cookies and a note wishing staff members a happy holiday season. "I'm going to deck the halls with these cookies," Hollinger said be- fore the team began working. Others who volunteered with the exchange said they were grateful for the opportunity to give back to the staff, because parental involve- ment becomes less common at the hi,g,h school level. I think it s a great way for them to see how much parents appreci- ate what they do," said Gayle Davis, co-chair of staff apprecia- tion for the PTSA. After the cookies were distrib- uted to each staff member, the team had almost 100 cookies left over, and it placed the extra cook- ies in the work room for staff members to munch on for the fol- lowing days. BY TIM PFARR Parent volunteers from the Liberty High School PTSA help prepare boxes of cookies for the school's staff members in its first staff-appreciation cookie exchange. Daughter helps dad document Rwanda feature By Christopher Huber Issaquah Press reporter During the 1994 Rwandan genocide, Narcisse Ruhangint- ' wari, a Hutu, killed his neighbor Pascal Niyomugabo's wife, who was of Tarsi decent, according to Seattle-based Rwanda Partners. After the 100-days of genocide was over, Niyomugabo had lost 75 other family members. But when he got remarried years later, Niyomugabo invited Ruhangintwari to his wedding, said filmmaker and Beaver Lake resident Mark Stendal. The two men remain close friends. You might wonder how anyone could forgive someone for killing a loved one. It happened because of Rwanda Partners, a Seattle-based, nonprofit organization that works with Rwandans to develop and implement programs for reconcili- aft, on and reducing poverty. 'If he can forgive him, then there's hope for us all, said Tracy Stone, the organization's co- founder and executive director. Stendal and his daughter, Sam Stendal, a Skyline High School junior, spent 10 days filming and traveling in Rwanda last June. A film they made, "Wounded Heal- ers: How Do You Forgive the Un- forgivable," premiered Dec. 3 at McCaw Hall in Seattle and, ac- cording to Stone, it has already in- spired people in Australia, Lebanon and California to show it to audiences there. "Wounded Healers" chronicles the lives of five Rwandan genocide survivors and perpetrators through their hurt, hatred and forgiveness, and shows how they are now using their painful expe- riences to heal other Rwandans. "It's a film about forgiveness," Mark Stendal said. 'The people in Rwanda really needed their hearts mended." Stendal, who has worked in tel- evision and media production for about 25 years, filmed with a small crew from Rwanda Part- ners, as well as a couple of edi- tors, to make the film. Once back home, he edited the film on the side, as he works full time for a production company. But he said the many late nights and long hours were worth it. "The power of the medium is so strong," he said. "If Ican use my skills to help other people, it s very rewarding." He said he chose to make the film for Rwanda Partners partly because he had done work for them before, but partly because he understood the need to tell the story. "You think you're going to See FILM, Page B3 Issaquah drill team takes first pla,:e in Renton invitational BY TIM PFAIR Issaquah High School dancers perform their winning drill routine at the Hazen Invitational Dance Competition Dec. 12. The team also took third for its pom routine. By Tim Pfarr Issaquah Press reporter Hazen High School in Renton hosted its first invitational dance competition Dec. 12, and dancers from Issaquah and Liberty high schools attended, along with dancers from 17 other high schools from around Western Washington. Issaquah's drill team took home first place in the military category. "We had a basketball game last night that we ran through both of them at," Rochelle Eixenberger said the day of the competition regarding her teams' routines. "They were re- ally excited to come out and do it to- dhe" Issaquah team performed a pom routine in addition to its drill routine; dancers from Liberty per- formed a drill routine. See DRILL TEAM, Page B3 BY TIM PFARR Dancers from Liberty High School perform their drill routine. Dancers from 20 high schools per- formed at the competition.