Area continues aid for tsunami victims

Plateau residents have joined the worldwide effort to help victims of Southeast Asia countries devastated by the Dec. 26 tsunami. The natural disaster has claimed more than 155,000 lives, and countless more remain unaccounted for.

Locally, the most dramatic fund-raising activity is planned for Friday evening at White River High School.

All are invited to arrive at 7:30, offer a cash donation at the gate and join others in a circle around the track. They will do "the wave," which originated in the Pacific Northwest, in what is being billed as a "Wave after Wave" event.

Following the wave, there will be a candlelight vigil in honor of the tsunami victims.

Proceeds will be forwarded by the high school Associated Student Body through World Vision.

Anyone seeking more information can contact Herb Entz, the district's parent involvement coordinator, at 360-829-5794.

In Enumclaw, six schools are raising money for the tsunami relief efforts.

€ Students at J.J. Smith Elementary School will be collecting aluminum cans for the tsunami relief. For information, call the main office at 360-802-7316.

€ Kibler Elementary School is hosting a coin drive titled Children Helping Children. There is a bear jug in the main office where anyone is welcome to drop off coins. All the money raised will be going to UNISEF's tsunami relief efforts. The drive is expected to last one month. For information, contact counselor Debra Schapiro at 360-802-7269 or e-mail her at

€ Southwood Elementary School collected $1,285.16 during a coin drive that ended Friday. All proceeds will be deposited at Washington Mutual Bank.

€ The students and staff at Sunrise Elementary School in Enumclaw raised $1,240.55 during an eight-day coin drive that was organized by Ann McGonagle's third-grade class. The money was turned over to World Vision.

€ Westwood Elementary School's Associated Student Body asked students during the week of Jan. 10-14 to donate money they would usually spend at the student store on popcorn, candy and other items to the relief fund. During the first three days, students had donated about $700. All money will go to the American Red Cross.

€ Several efforts are under way to raise money for the Tsunami relief efforts at Enumclaw High School. Teacher Rob Lightbody is working on fund-raiser bracelets similar to the Lance Armstrong bracelets, and a possible dinner is in the planning stages as well. For information on the bracelets contact Lightbody at 360-802-7794 or e-mail him at For other information, contact Kevin Smith, ASB advisor, at 360-802-7722 or e-mail him at

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In the business community, one insurance firm is offering a popular reward for all employees contributing to the relief effort.

Employees of Bell-Anderson Insurance have the opportunity to turn their charitable donations into a month of comfort. Anyone making a donation of $25 or more will be allowed to wear jeans to work during the month of February. The company is sweetening the pot by contributing a dollar for every dollar contributed by employees. The donations will go to Northwest Medical Teams International.

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