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April Pool’s Day on Sun.

  • Friday, April 18, 2008 4:11pm
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April Pool’s Day on Sun.

Weyerhauser King County Aquatic Center will host April Pool’s Day from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 20 at the center, 650 SW Campus Drive. Event is free and open to the public, and includes water activity stations, a raffle and lessons. To learn more, call (206) 296-4444 or (253) 927-5173.


Spring Valley Montessori School held its 13th annual Jump Rope for Heart event on March 28 to raise money for the American Heart Association, part of the school’s community outreach program. Fifty-five students in first through eighth grades participated in the event and raised $4,474. The students started jump-roping in February and are still eager to jump rope at school even thought the event is over. The event was organized by Lori Sweeney.

Preschool for low-income families

The Federal Way School District Head Start and the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) are accepting applications for the 2008-2009 preschool programs.

The intention of the program is to provide free preschool for low-income families.

To qualify for the program, children must be 4 years old by Aug. 31 of the upcoming school year, with limited space available for 3-year-old children, said Eileen Borne, ECEAP Federal Way coordinator.

Borne said that families must qualify under federal income guidelines and be at or below the federal poverty level.

The preschool programs provide children with hot meals, snacks, field trips and health screening as well as activities that are geared toward building self-esteem, together with social and physical skills.

Linda del Pilar, Federal Way Head Start Coordinator, said that the program is also focused on family support.

“We provide parents with lots of training opportunities to help them find jobs,” del Pilar said.

To receive an application, call the Federal Way School District information line at (253) 945-2397 and leave a message with name, telephone address and child’s date of birth. Also contact Eileen Borne at Federal Way ECEAP at (253) 945-4581 or Linda del Pilar at (253) 945-5882.

Photo contest

Federal Way has announced a postcard photo contest open to high school students. The city is looking for photos of local attractions with the winning photos to be used for marketing and publicity purposes for brochures, calendars, postcards, advertisements and their newsletter. To be eligible, the photographer must be enrolled in Federal Way Public Schools. Photos must be in color and high resolution, a minimum of 300 dpi. Photos should entice viewers to visit the attraction. Deadline for entering is 5 p.m. April 30. The city is offering a $250 cash prize for each of the winning photos. E-mail or call (253) 835-2501.

Enterprise fundraiser

The Enterprise Elementary School PTA will host an ESCAPE charity auction at 6 p.m. April 26 at the Centre at Norpoint in Federal Way. Funds raised will benefit the Accelerated Reader reading program and repairs to playground equipment.

The event will feature dinner as well as silent, dessert and live auctions. R-mail or call (253) 945-2621.

Plant sale

The Marine Hills Garden Club will sponsor a plant sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 26 at 29301 7th Place S.

The event will feature an opportunity for participants to learn more about planting and gardening. Garden tours will be available and keynote speakers will give gardening tips and advice.

Contact Judy Mcdonald at (253) 839-4413 for more information.

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