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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302

Regional Report: Feb. 8, 2001

the Inland Register

(From the Feb. 8, 2001 edition of the Inland Register)

IDAHO FALLS — The Knights of Columbus Council 1663 gave a check for $3,311.25 to Mary Ann Fox whose son recently had a liver transplant. The money will be used to help pay medical expenses. The money was raised through an International Dinner Fund-Raiser. Some of the money came from the state Knights Pennies from Heaven Fund.
KELLOGG — The Knights of Columbus council presented a check for $1,500 to help with the Silver Valley Special Olympics program. The money was raised through the Knights’ annual Tootsie Roll Drive.

— Idaho Catholic Register, Boise
COTTONWOOD — Pioneer Days in Idaho County: Volume 2 has been reprinted by the Historical Museum at St. Gertrude Monastery. Both Volumes 1 and 2 were written by Sister Alfreda Elsensohn, who founded the museum in 1931. Copies can be purchased at the museum or local bookstores.

PORTLAND — A recent photo exhibit in the Buckley Center Gallery at the University of Portland shows the scope of the university’s volunteer services program. Nine student photographers documented the 15-year history of the program, showing students volunteering in Oregon hospitals, homeless shelters, schools, and barrios.
PORTLAND — Grade school students at St. Mary of the Valley raised over $2,000 in a penny drive during Advent, with the money to be used to establish a library in a rural community in Guatemala. The students wore friendship bracelets which were handmade gifts from children in Guatemala, to remind them of their goal. Not only did the students contribute to the project, so did parents, grandparents and friends.
—The Catholic Sentinel, Portland

Archdiocese of Seattle

PUYALLUP — Danielle Ross, a fifth grader at All Saints School, won a $100 savings bond and a T-shirt with her art entry in Catholic Relief Services “Circle the World with Love” contest. Danielle won the junior prize, open to students in grades four and five. Her drawing featured the planet Earth with a rainbow and stars.
SEATTLE — Students at Assumption-St. Bridget School made a pair of mobiles each containing 1,000 origami cranes. The mobiles were given to the families of student Jeff Nachtigal and former librarian Sue Read, both of whom are ill with leukemia. The paper cranes symbolize peace in the Japanese culture.
SEATTLE — Andy Swanson, 14, of Assumption-St. Bridget School, won the boys’ title of a speech contest held recently at Bishop Blanchet School. His dramatic rendering of “The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere” in the dramatic interpretive reading category earned second place. But more notable was his first-place speech in the expository category in which he told about his accidental discovery last summer that he had juvenile diabetes. He explained the symptoms of his disease and how his life has changed in order to keep the disease under control. Swanson won a $2,000 scholarship to Bishop Blanchet High School.
TACOMA — Students at St. Charles Borromeo School hold a “Shoes for the Children” collection each year. This year they collected over 2,000 pairs of new shoes in the drive, a ten-fold increase from 14 years ago when they first began the drive. The shoes are purchased in bulk beforehand, and students use their chore money to buy them at $8 a pair.
—The Catholic Northwest Progress, Seattle

Diocese of Yakima

YAKIMA — Students at St. Joseph/Marquette work in a program called Ambassadors in Action. They helped with orientation of new students in the fall, giving tours of their school and answering questions. Most recently they helped with Providence Hospital’s Festival of Trees, decorating cookies and “making antlers for the little kids.” As Ambassadors, they are able to volunteer their time meeting new challenges and having some fun in the process.
— Central Washington Catholic, Yakima

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