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Newsletter - March 2018

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Longview-Kelso Altrusa Scholarship applications for the 2018-19 school year

The due date for all three scholarships is March 23, 2018. 

Backpack Buddies Update 

The poverty rate in Cowlitz County schools is currently at 85-95%. On Fridays, some children eat their last meal at lunch and do not eat again until Monday morning when they return to school. Kids in poverty have enormous hurdles to overcome and if they can’t pay attention in school because they are focusing on when the next meal is, they are at a disadvantage.

The goal of Backpack Buddies is to give each low-income child a bag of food on Friday containing six meals plus fruit and juice to last so they are not hungry over the weekend.

With the generous support of Altrusa, Kessler Elementary School and Northlake Elementary School PTO’s, Cowlitz Credit Union, local churches and members of the community, we are able to pack 180+ bags of food each week to send home with the children.

" We will continue looking for new ways to fund our Backpack Buddies program and feed the children. Altrusa International of Longview-Kelso can be proud of the service they are giving and will continue “Leading to a better community®”.

Sue Kirk, Backpack Buddies chair. Cindy Donaldson, President

Gail Mezger, Mary Gillespie and Sue Kirk

Youth Awards Luncheon

We welcomed the 12 remarkable graduating seniors and their guests to the 25th Annual Youth Awards Luncheon on Thursday April 28th at the Longview Country Club. We used a whimsical characters and snappy rhymes of Theodor Seuss Geisel, Dr. Seuss's book, "Oh The Places You Will Go" as part of our gift to the students. Each book had been signed by many Altrusans indicating our support for them and their goals for the future.
Sarah Clark, Program Manager for the SHIBA program, was our speaker. She is a Woodland native who went to Whitworth University in Spokane then returned to Cowlitz County. She will be moving "off and away" to Wellington, New Zealand later this month to work on her Master's in English Literature at Victoria University. Sarah presented her advice to the students using the word LIFE. L=Listen, I=Involved, F=flexibility, E=Explore. She shared that we need to all listen to what people say to us, become involved in our community, be flexible in our lives and explore all the possibilities that are available to us.
Altrusa hostesses at each table introduced their student who spoke about their goals for their future. These introductions were followed by gifts to the students congratulated by our president, Pat Gurrad, our president-elect Nancy Russell and Sarah Clark.

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