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@ * * 10- Mukilteo Beacon SCHOOLS August 27, 2014 Kamiak senior wins $7,500 in Build-A-Bear contest A Kamiak High School senior who is president of the non- profit Hugs for Ghana was re- cently honored by Build-A-Bear Workshop. Michael Bervell, of Mukilteo, is one of 10 extraordinary kids from around the world to be named a Huggable Hero this year. Each winner received a $5,000 scholarship and a $2,500 donation to a charity of his or her choice. Hugs for Ghana has collected more than $12,000 in donations, $20,000 worth of sports gear and nearly 4,000 books to go to children in need in Ghana, West Africa. As president, Michael mobi- lizes students in the community through volunteering, fundrais- ing and collecting in-kind dona- tions. In 2013 and 2014, he organized two Ghanaian Culture Night hmdraisers in his community and raised a total of $12,000. He has partnered with a range of organizations and dozens of school to hold donation drives. The 2014 Huggable Heroes Photo courtesy of Hugs for Ghana Michael Bervell, a senior at Kamiak High School, hand-delivered hundreds of jerseys, soccer balls, athletic shoes and teddy bears to children in need during a trip to Ghana, West Africa this year. contest was open to children ages 8 to 18 in the United States, Canada and the United King- dom. Build-A-Bear Workshop received more than 500 nomi- nations, which were narrowed down to 48 finalists. An independent judging orga- nization oversaw the selection of the 10 Huggable Heroes. Since 2004, Build-A-Bear Workshop has rewarded more than 100 young volunteers from around the world, who have collectively raised more than $10.3 million and gathered more than 300 million items for their causes. In turn, Build-A-Bear has in- vested more than $1 million in recognizing and honoring their heroic efforts. To date, more than 12,000 kids have been nominated for the Huggable Heroes program for making the world a better place. "Huggable Heroes is a reward- ing program in every sense of the word," said Gina Collins, Build-A-Bear Workshop chief marketing officer. "Our 2014 Huggable Heroes have given so much of them- selves, and it seems only fitting for Build-A-Bear to award each of the winners scholarships which will benefit their future education, while still giving each of them the opportunity to once again help their very wor- thy cause." Hugs for Ghana aims to help Ghanian children in hospitals, schools and orphanages. It now has two student boards and more than 100 members. The organization was founded in 2007 by Michael's sister, Ra- chel Bervell. After a family trip to Ghana, Rachel, then a student at Kami- ak, was inspired to help support underprivileged children there. Beth of their parents are from Ghana. When Rachel graduated, Michael's brother Joel became president of the organization. He passed the title on to Michael when he too graduated from Kamiak. Hugs for Ghana has donated thousands of dollars worth of medical and school supplies, teddy bears and now sports gear to benefit Ghanaian children. As president, Michael also in- troduced initiatives to serve the local community and to expand to other high schools across Washington state. For more information on the Huggable Heroes program, visit www.buildabear.com/huggable- heroes. For more information on Hugs for Ghana, visit www. hugsforghana.org. -Edited by Beacon staff Mukilteo schools get new principals, assistant principals Students at several Mukilteo School District schools will notice a change of building ad- ministrators when they return to classes on Sept. 3. Harbour Pointe Middle School, Endeavour Elementary and Ol- ivia Park Elementary have new principals while six elementary schools will have new assistant principals. The new principal at Harbour Pointe is Kevin Rob.rich, who was most recently an assistant principal at Henry M. Jackson High School in the Everett School District. He also was previously a dean of students and athletic director at Skyline High School in the Issaquah School District and was a teacher at the high school and middle school levels in both Everett and Bellevue. He holds a bachelor's degree from Oregon State Univer- sity and a master's degree from Western Washington Universi The principal at Endeavour is Steve Raymond, who comes from within the Mukilteo School District as having been the assistant principal for both Horizon and Fairmount elemen- tary schools. He has worked in Mukilteo ,, PRINCIPALS/)age |5  Facing Layoff?. Self-Employed, A Recently Discharged Veteran? 311 students receive school wardrobes at Clothes For Kids Clothes For Kids opened for its 31st year of serving low-income Snohomish County students on Aug. 20. In just three days, the organization provided school wardrobes to 149 boys and 162 girls. "We estimate that we provided a total of 7,043 pieces of clothing and shoes during the first three days," said Nancy Laird Burris, CFK program manager. "Thanks to generous donors in the spring and summer, we have solid inventory for the next few weeks. '?us we enter the school year, though, we will need to reple- nish." Clothes For Kids seeks dona- tions of new and gently used school clothing for pre-school through 12th-grade students. Every student receives three pairs of long pants or jeans, a winter coat, three pairs of new underwear, three pairs of new socks and one pair of new shoes. "We especially need donations of jeans and pants for students aged 5 to 12 years old," Burris said. "We anticipate serving as many as 4,000 students this year -which means we will go throu- Photo courtesy of Clothes For Kids Volunteers Beth Uri and Sofia Uri, Program Manager Nancy Laird.Burris, volunteer Jasmine Doughty and client Carolyn Jackson at Opening Week of Clothes For Kids. gh a total of 12,000 pairs of jeans or pants before March 31." Donations can be dropped off at the back door of Clothes For Kids Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon or Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 to 8 p.m. More information about donating can be found at www.clothesforkids.org. Wardrobes distributed to low- income students impact the wellbeing of their entire family, Burris said. One parent during Opening Week said, "Thank you so much for doing this. I can't tell you the relief and peace of mind this gives me." With many families still fee- ling the affects of the difficult economy, this is a great time to . CLOTHES .go 14 SIGN UP FOR FALL CLASSES NOW! 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