Rotary Club of Lake Stevens

We Need a New Playground for Our Explorers was the message given by Kristina Schweizer, Skyline PTA President on Friday, January 28th at our weekly Club meeting.

This link will provide you with all of the details of the great need at Skyline Elementary as the current playground is badly in need of being replaced. Kristina emphasized the need "to provide the students with a safe, engaging, and accessible space to play" for all students. 
The current playground is falling apart. The structure has several broken pieces, chipping paint and band aid fixes aren't going to help the situation of deteriorating equipment. According to Kristina, the lack of elements to choose from causes overloading of the pieces they have and swings which are a vital component of any playground, but they need replacing rather than repairing.
WHAT THEY NEED: Skyline needs a playground that meets the needs of all their children. 1) Multiple Elements Structure:  A structure for kids who want to slide with multiple slides of assorted sizes. A structure for kids who want to climb and hang and utilize full body movement. 2)Various Elements: Kids need swinging, rocking, imaginative play, balancing, hanging, and stretching activities, as well as a place to rest. ADA Compliant: There needs to be elements that ALL students can access and use regardless of their abilities.
Donate today! Visit their GoFundMe site to make a direct donation: are a 501(c)3 Non-Profit organization. All donations are tax deductible. You can reach out to them if you have any questions, comments, or ideas at
Kristina commented after this article was published that she wanted to let you know that our amazing students and their families brought in $40,143.00 with our Apex fundraiser that finished on Friday. We are motivated to bring this playground into reality. 
Joyce Bell, founding member of our Club celebrated an early morning birthday cake the day following her 95th birthday. Congratulations Joyce and many more to come. So young at heart.
In honor of Josie, our Rotary Exchange Student who is going to Norway, our two past presidents sang the Norwegian Fight song out of respect for her destination. Your guess is as good as mine whether the fight song was Mitt lille land, listed as the new national anthem in 2011 or was it another song that they developed unexpectedly out of the blue?  Will we ever know the "rest of the story?"
Our guest speaker for Friday, January 13th was Terry Bockovich who spoke about the Down to Earh program she is involved with at this time. According to Terry there are 1,094 community gardens in the state since the beginning of the Eagle Ridge Community Garden. Working on a transition program at Mt. Pilchuck with new growing space and with the Lake Stevens Community Resource Center. Partnering with Steve Allen, who will be adding murals to each of the projects. Currently trying to raise money for his projects.
In my time in Lake Stevens, we had the duck, now the Vikings and the newest is Fred the Dragon. Fred was extremely popular on Halloween night at the Mill in downtown Lake Stevens when the community celebrated.
The most popular character at the Halloween celebration with families taking pictures of their children in the arms around Fred the Dragon. Gary O'Rielly, Club Secretary and Chris Vallo, Club President presented a certificate and badge to Fred the Dragon's co-owner, Laurie Westover.
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Lake Stevens

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Fridays at 7:25 AM
Lake Stevens School District Educational Center
12309 22nd St NE
Lake Stevens, WA 98258
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No Formal Meeting 30 Dec
Bill Webster
Feb 10, 2023
KlaHaYa Days, non-profit status and organizations it contributes to
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Feb 17, 2023
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