• Students who participated in St. Joseph’s Catholic School’s Warm Hearts, Warm Hands project collected 597 pairs of gloves and mittens for kids in need. The gloves were donated to Catholic Family & Child Service.
The project is part of the school’s 50th anniversary celebration. It is one of several service projects the school has organized to show the community their thanks for support.
The next project for the students will be a food drive benefiting the Tri Cities Food Bank. To learn more, visit www.sjcatholicschool.org.
• Benton County’s Anderson Ranches and America’s Farmers Grow Communities make large donation to a local chapter of the FFA Alumni Association
The Prosser FFA Alumni Association recently received a $2,500 donation from Benton County’s Anderson Ranches and America’s Farmers Grow Communities.
According to FFA adviser Denine Trump, the FFA will use the money to cover the costs of travel to the Washington State FFA Convention. The group also hopes to increase the opportunities available to their students by allowing them to visit local agribusinesses to expand their knowledge of careers within the industry.
“Anderson Ranches is thrilled to have the opportunity to support the FFA in our community,” said Carl Anderson. “They give youth interested in agriculture an opportunity to gain hands-on skills and leaderships abilities needed to ensure the future of agriculture.”
For five years, America’s Farmers Grow Communities has collaborated with farmers to donate more than $16.5 million to more than 7,300 community organizations across rural America.
• Two James McGee Elementary students receive and plaque for being chosen as Students of the Month
The Tri-Cities Exchange Club has honored two James McGee Elementary School students as the April Students of the Month: Angel Zavala and Caitlin Tolley.
Zavala, a fourth-grader in Sharla Marquez’s class, is a hard working student who achieves academic success and is eager to help his peers when they are struggling, according to a news release. Zavala eagerly volunteers to complete difficult tasks and answer difficult questions, and is a leader in the classroom.
Tolley is in Kevin Girard’s fifth-grade class. She strives to do her best in every subject, is helpful to the teacher and struggling students, according to a news release. She is fascinated by word etymology, as well as Roman and Greek mythology. She is very passionate about learning.
Both students received a plaque and $20 in McDonald’s gift certificates.