Etcetera - 12/13/12


A four-hour interactive training for high and middle school students interested in serving as peer mentors for students with disabilities will be hosted by Parent-to-Parent at the YMCA, 340 S. Park St.

Training will be from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for high school students, who can count this toward their 40 hours of volunteering. Middle school students will train from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 21 and can also count this time toward volunteer hours.

Training will include information on five specific disabilities, stereotypes of people with disabilities, how to interact with a person with disabilities, problem solving and more.

Post-training, there will be many opportunities peer mentors can choose. For more information contact Cyndy Knight, Parent-to-Parent coordinator, at 509-524-2940 or; or Christy Druffel, YMCA director of youth development at 509-525-8863 or

During an executive board meeting members of Walla Walla American Association of University Women Branch raised $400 to kick off their holiday season of giving.

Proceeds went to the Health Center for a newly established Caring for Co-pays fund that helps offset the cost of prescriptions and follow-up care with primary care providers for student patients seen at Lincoln High School and Blue Ridge Elementary.

Chris Blackman, AAUW's president-elect, said her organization's mission is to break down barriers by promoting education and advocacy for women and girls.

"We see this Caring for Co-pays fund as a wonderful example of AAUW's mission. A good education can only happen if kids have access to quality medical care."

AAUW's season of giving continues through the holiday season with donations taken at other AAUW events.

For more information, contact Chris at

Scottish Rite Foundation has scholarship funds available for college juniors and seniors.

The Masonic organization is offering $2,500 awards.

Funds are available to U.S. citizens living in Washington state and attending an accredited four-year college or university in the state. Applicants must have a 3.0 or better GPA.

It is not a need-based scholarship and income is not a factor.

The awards are renewable if awarded in the junior year.

For an interview appointment, call Paul Schneidmiller, owner of World Wide Travel Service and director of the Walla Walla-area Scottish Rite, at 525-8040.

The application deadline is March 25.

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at or 526-8313.


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