Local Kiwanis gifts first year teachers

It was an inspiration of Parklands-Spanaway Kiwanis President Bruce Rice. One night he was thinking about how difficult it is to graduate from college, be burdened with student debt, rent payments and also try to start teaching in a classroom where often teachers have to use their own resources to acquire supplies for their students’…

Help support Winterfest 2022

Each year, community services in the Parkland-Spanaway area support low-income families by collecting items for Winterfest. Families receive invitations from those community services to participate in the event. Winterfest has served hundreds of local families over the past 30 years. They share refreshments, hold a children’s fair with games, face painting, a visit with Santa,…

Stuff the Bus 2022 helping neighbors

The Bethel Transportation Department is once again holding their annual Stuff the Bus to help neighbors in need this holiday season. The bus will be at the Spanaway Walmart parking lot (20307 Mountain Hwy E) on Saturday, December 3, 2022 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Donations are sought of clothing, gift cards, canned or…

Bethel’s ABC Day coming Oct. 1

Mark your calendars! ABC Day will take place on Saturday, October 1, 2022, at Bethel High School from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There was a couple years the event was put off due to the pandemic, but it is back, as good as ever! Here is a short clip from the last ABC Day…

PLU opens a window for Parkland School in letter to Council

Pacific Lutheran University President Allan Belton opened a window of opportunity to the community who wants to save the Parkland School. In a letter to members of the Pierce County Council, he noted that the property is being made available for the purchase price of $2.85 million if the community can find a buyer within…

PLU responds about the Parkland School

Pacific Lutheran University has added an article to their website about the Parkland School, also referred to was East Campus. This is copied from their web comments on 6-25-22. East Campus / Parkland School Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Pacific Lutheran University is committed to the long-term health and vitality of Parkland, Washington. We’re proud of…

Parkland rallies to save their historic Parkland School

Saturday, June 11,2022, from 1 to 3 p.m., citizens of Parkland, Washington are waving signs and banners on Pacific Avenue at the corner of Pacific Avenue and 121st Street in protest of Pacific Luther University’s plans to un-list it as a state historic site and sell it to a developer who plans to demolish if…

Former Parkland Resident shades PLU tactics

Letter to the Editor: Linda Carlson The June 6 meeting with council officials regarding Parkland School confirmed what Parkland School alumni and supporters feared: what Pacific Lutheran University wants, it gets. Does what the community want matter? No way, no how. We learn that for at least two years PLU has been quietly—let’s be honest…

President Belton and PLU Regents need to work with their community

Editorial, Marianne Lincoln In many places in recent issues of “Resolute,” the magazine sent to alumni and supporters of Pacific Lutheran University (PLU), the text says how the university works with their community. One article in particular: George Zeno talks Parkland, equity and community partnerships. (PLU Associate Vice President of Advancement) “No one organization is…

ABC Day is Back! Bethel High, Oct. 1

ABC Day is Back! We’re incredibly excited to announce that All Bethel Community Day is back! Like past ABC Days, this year’s event will feature live music, fun and educational vendors, professional wrestling, a superhero parade, a petting zoo, great food, and a number of military vehicles! Mark your calendars: ABC Day will take place…