On Saturday, Sept. 17, I had the opportunity to host for Sunnyside a Kids Corner at the annual celebration of Sunshine Days. What a truly wonderful experience!
The kids who participated in the activities were able to play with pinewood derby cars, make bracelets, puppets, rainbows, and bookmarks, as well as hear about canal safety, get on a school bus and listen to a story and receive a free book.
The response from the volunteers, parents and children was quite touching, just proving what I already knew to be true, what a great community Sunnyside is!
At this time I would like to thank the sponsors and volunteers who deserve a big round of applause for all their hard work and dedication:
Tina Knoth, from the Washington State Migrant Council, not only sponsored a booth, but printed and distributed flyers to advertise the event. Thank you for all your time, patience and hard work;
Dr. Rick Cole and Dave Taylor from the Sunnyside School District helped with the arrangement and transportation of the school bus;
Our readers Dorothy Leonard, Marge Van Tress and the 2004-2005 Miss Sunnyside Court of Andrea Phillips, Jamie Durbin, Jackie DeRuyter and Megan Cornelius and Tara Van Corbach for helping kids make bookmarks through the art of origami;
Lori Schilperoort, Kathy Tramel, Katrina Vanderstool, Lucy Partida and Miss Mabton and Pricess, who taught the kids canal safety through Cathy Cattails adventure;
Lisa Fairbairn, Corina Patina, Cierra Mendoza, Elizabeth Knowles, Joe Knowles, Pam Bennett, Marcus Mendoza, Maggie Waggoner, Sheila Waggoner, Sister Gracie Diaz and Sandra Linde from Sunnyside's Promise. Sunnyside's Promise helped with ident-a-kits and donated books for the book giveaway on the story bus;
Washington State Migrant Council Make-A-Bracelet Booth volunteers Tina Knoth, Toni Gutierrez, Diana Montoya and Elvira Martinez;
Frank Villanueva, Boy Scouts membership specialist, and volunteers who brought the pinewood derby track and Lisa Tapia of the Girl Scouts, who held Girls are Great mini-camps;
Roxanne McNerney and students Carlos Valenzuela, Jesus Valenzuela, Omar Balverde, Bobi Haringa and Beverleigh Quenan from Sunnyside High, who helped kids create rainbows, frames, necklaces and bracelets at their booth;
I would also like to thank Key Club member Rosie Perez and Venture Crew #632 Leaders Kristi and Dan Meyers, Scouts Jill Jetter, Annika Tronstad, Helen Shuttleworth, Emily Shuttleworth, Bettina Kempf, Andrew Meyers, Jonas Lane, Zinnia Lane and Hank Tramel for helping out wherever was needed;
Last, but not lease the committee members who allowed me this opportunity; Dorothy Leonard, Pam Turner, Elner Becker and Jose. Words are not enough to let you know how much I appreciated the time and effort that was involved in making this event a special one for the kids and the community. Thank you.
/s/ Darla Van Corbach, Sunnyside