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…

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…

When money is tight, does it pay to think only of yourself?

Opinion by Marianne Lincoln At the kitchen table and over the backyard fence, we all have opinions about what schools should be doing, not doing, spending, not spending, who should be disciplined and who should get a chance to excel. Public school districts have an enormous number of laws and regulations to follow. State Auditors…

Katherine G. Johnson Elementary Opens

Katherine Coleman Goble Johnson was an American mathematician whose calculations of orbital mechanics and trajectories as a NASA employee were critical to the success of early U.S. crewed spaceflights. Highlights of Ms. Johnson’s career:In 2015, awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.In 2016, presented with the Silver Snoopy Award and a NASA Group Achievement Award.In 2016,…

To be a Brave or not?

By Marianne Lincoln BETHEL, SPANAWAY, WA — Due to a legislative bill passed this year in Washington State, the Bethel School District has been forced to review its mascot for Bethel High School due to its Indian connotations. Last Spring, the School Board chose members for a committee to review the mascot and come up…

Renaming Bethel High School’s Mascot

By Marianne Lincoln BETHEL SCHOOL DISTRICT — On June 8, 2021, the Bethel School Board unanimously voted to appoint a Bethel High School Mascot Committee. The purpose of the committee was to follow a new State of Washington law that passed the State House 90-8 and the Senate 40-9 and was signed by the Governor…

Graduation in 2021

School has been unusual for more than an year, starting with online attendance to transitioning to part time in person classes. Last year, graduations were drive through outdoor events. . This year, large indoor venues are still not permissible, but large outdoor events are opening up. The Washington State Fairgrounds in Puyallup has become the…

Bethel Board Position 4 open

Cindy Henry-Young, Director from District 4, the Bethel School Board has resigned. The Board will be appointing a new Board member to fill the vacancy. District 4 covers the following schools: Frederickson Elementary Frontier Middle School Graham Elementary Graham-Kapowsin High School Kapowsin Elementary Liberty Middle School Nelson Elementary North Star Elementary Pioneer Valley Elementary Anyone…