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Last updated 10/24/2018 at Noon

Mariner to host annual Harvest Fest

The annual Mariner Harvest Fest will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Halloween night, a safe and fun-filled environment for elementary students. Over 1,000 children and their families come every year to enjoy the festivities, which include: haunted houses, carnival games, a trick-or-treat hallway, and even a fashion show. Candy and other prizes are handed out at every booth and activity. Volunteers from Mariner and the community make the event possible. The Harvest Fest is combined with the annual canned food drive, organized by Mariner’s National Honor Society students. Admission to the Harvest Fest is canned food and other non-perishable items. The donated food will go to the local food bank.

Kamiak Dulcineas planning two fundraisers

Members of the Dulcineas, the Kamiak dance team, are busy planning their season of fundraising, which helps raise funds needed for upcoming dance competitions. Mark your calendars and plan to help the Dulcineas by dining out at one of the following locations:

  • October 25: From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. the Old Spaghetti Factory in Lynnwood will donate 15 percent of purchases made by customers who present a printed Dulcineas flyer. The flyer is available at or email for more information.
  • November 15: Italian Dinner Fundraiser. Enjoy a three-course Italian dinner in a magically transformed Kamiak Commons, served by the Dulcineas. Adult tickets are $18 or two for $30. Tickets are $12 for children and seniors 65 and older. Special desserts and Italian sodas will be available for purchase. Take-out is also available beginning at 4 p.m. For tickets or more information, email

Mattress sale coming soon

The Kamiak Performing Arts Boosters is holding its second annual mattress fundraising event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17 in the Commons at Kamiak. Proceeds from the event benefit more than 700 students and help pay for instruments, uniforms, competitions, travel expenses, and most importantly, scholarships. The commons will be turned into a show room with major brands of mattresses at discounted prices, with financing options. The event is open to all employees and the public. Mattresses are delivered in about two weeks. For more information, see the boosters Facebook page at http://bitlly/Beds4Kamiak2 or to watch a video, text the word Kamiak to 360-283-5553.

Tickets on sale for Foundation breakfast

The annual fundraising breakfast for the Mukilteo Schools Foundation will be held at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 12 in the Commons at Kamiak. The featured speaker will be Gerry Ebalaroza-Tunnell, the co-author of the book “Beautiful You Are” and a doctoral candidate in the department of transformative studies and consciousness at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Tickets to the foundation breakfast are $50 each and can be purchased at


To Georgia McClaskey, Special Olympics and Unified Sports coach and coordinator at Kamiak, on being recognized as the 2018 most inspirational area leadership team member by Washington Special Olympics. In addition to her work as a classroom teacher, McClaskey has gone above and beyond as the school’s Special Olympics advisor and Unified bowling, basketball, and track coach. Last year, McClaskey and two student unified participants were recognized as Unified Ambassadors to the Special Olympics games held in Seattle. She also led the Unified Summit for Snohomish County last fall at the Rosehill Community Center.

Congratulations also

To Ashley Lucke, a plan time teacher at Challenger, on receiving a $2,000 grant from Voya Financial Unsung Heroes, a program that inspires success in the classroom. She plans to use the money to purchase materials for a K-5 introductory robotics program that will be implemented as a joint effort between STEM and technology teachers. The goal is to increase student exposure to STEM career fields and to inspire them to pursue further education and training in fields that interest them. “I am thrilled that Voya financial chose to support the STEM program at Challenger,” said Lucke. Voya will present the award to Lucke in her classroom later this month.

Mariner held first-ever Link Conference

Mariner recently held its first-ever LINK Leadership conference with a great turnout. LINK Leadership is a group of students who have developed leadership skills that they can use to support freshmen students at school. More than 180 students from area high schools attended the all-day event. They interacted with each other, formed connections, and learned fun strategies to engage students. Adult advisors also had time to meet and exchange ideas for program enhancement. “I’ve never seen such a great way for students to grow and connect with others,” said Sockheng Centeno, Mariner LINK leader. LINK coordinators hope to make the conference an annual tradition.

Prudential Spirit of Community Award

For the past 23 years, the Prudential Spirit of Community Award has been given to more than 100,000 middle and high school students across the country for helping the less fortunate, promoting health and safety, protecting the environment, and serving their communities through many other volunteer activities. The search is now underway to identify thousands more who have made meaningful contributions to their communities over the past 12 months. These awards, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, honor outstanding community service by students in 5th through 12th grades. Applications must be completed by Nov. 6. For more information about prizes and the application process, go to

Craft fair coming soon

The 25th annual Mukilteo School District Craft Fair will be held at Mariner High School from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3. Come stroll through the booths of more than 130 crafters, smell the scents of the products, and see the furniture, dips, candies, jewelry, textiles, yard items, candles, pottery, and more while you listen to the wonderful seasonal music and chat with the fabulous vendors. The event is sponsored by the school district employee social committee with proceeds going to the scholarship fund for graduating seniors.


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