-- The Afterschool Alliance has elected Brent Cummings, the 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) program director for Walla Walla Public Schools, to serve as a 2014-15 afterschool ambassador.
Cummings is one of 13 leaders from 12 states to receive this honor this year. He and the others will continue to direct or support their local afterschool program, while also serving the one-year afterschool ambassador term. As an ambassador, Cummings will organize public events, communicate with policy makers, and build support for afterschool programs.
"I am excited to have this chance to help increase support for afterschool programs, which give students opportunities to explore their interests and passions," Cummings said. "Afterschool programs are critical to students' success in school, to their safety, to working families, and to the nation's workforce and its economy. We need to increase resources for afterschool programs and work toward the day when there is a high-quality afterschool program for every child who needs one."
Each ambassador will organize a major event for Lights On Afterschool, the Afterschool Alliance's 15th annual nationwide series of rallies for afterschool, to be held in October. Roughly one million participants attended the Lights On Afterschool events last year.
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-- The Kennewick Chapter of Scottish Rite Masons recently awarded $2,500 scholarships to 13 area students. The scholarships are awarded to students attending Washington colleges and universities for the 2014-2015 academic year, and are renewable for the 2015-2016 year provided the recipient maintains his or her 3.0 GPA.
The 2014-15 recipients are:
From Washington State University: Jacob McCarthy, Blair Westerman, Becky L. LeMastus, Nina Torrey, Angelica Cole, Danelle Herr, Pearl Kleppin, Nicole C. Ledesma, Aril Bartrand and Skeetz Guilbeau.
From Eastern Washington University: Brook R. Wilhelm.
From Whitworth University: Forest Dexter and Alexa Eisenbarth.