Category Archives: Education

The Hunter Challenge: Backpack Drive


Backpack 5 - Dan, Sue Hunter & TruckSusan & Dan McNeely, owners of North Creek Roofing got involved in a Backpack Drive headed up by the Liberty Road Foundation in 2013, but they soon realized that all of the backpacks were being taken to schools in the Tacoma area. Do tell.

So, in 2014 they still wanted to be involved in the backpack drive, but they also wanted to contribute to the local schools. They proceeded to team up with Heatherwood Middle School & this started the North End Backpack Drive. Sue says: “I was proud to head up & present to our local businesses, through the Mill Creek Business Association, and to commit to 85 backpacks. We were able to meet that goal, and actually beat it by 25 backpacks, raising enough to provide 110 backpacks! AND, this is where the story really begins.”

At the end of the backpack drive she received an email that said:

“Hi Sue,

“Our 10 year old son Hunter, has a “share” savings account where he uses as he chooses for people or drives that are of interest of him in helping or sharing with others. We picked up your flyer from the YMCA , he has chosen your drive to use his “share” money. He has currently $211.25 but I told him we’d help him and pay the difference to get 10 backpacks for kids/families in need.”

Backpack 7 - Hunter & Backpacks

This started the Backpack Drive for 2015 called the “Hunter Challenge” —   “Meet or beat Hunter’s 10!”. Hunter lives with his parents in Mill Creek, and they were able to help us deliver the backpacks last year.

You can go through North Creek Roofing or straight to Liberty Road Foundation. Every $25 will purchase 1 backpack filled with school supplies. There will be an opportunity to donate at the Mill Creek Festival at the North Creek Roofing booth.  A large corner of the booth will be dedicated to Hunter’s Challenge with the goal, where it stands and filled in each day with new numbers. Be sure to check out the “Hunter Challenge” video on the Liberty Road Foundation Website. Click on this link:  Liberty Road Events: Hunter’s Challenge  to view it, get more details & make a direct donation. Meet or beat Hunter’s 10! Backpacks purchased with funds raised will go to Heatherwood Middle School as that is the designated local school.

Click this link to download/print the flyer/form Backpack Drive Flyer-Mill Creek



Free Landscaping Workshops

For those of you who are tired of all the same old lawn maintenance techniques & want to try something different, the Snohomish Conservation District & sponsor, City of Mill Creek will be hosting Free Landscaping Workshops in Mill Creek. Do tell.

Mark these dates on your calendar:

Saturday, June 20th 11:00 to Noon at the Lil Sprouts Nursery

Saturday June 27th 10:00 to Noon at Central Market in Town Center. This is the same day as the Mill Creek Garden Tour. Visit: for tour tickets while you are at it.

Get more info & be sure to RSVP @


Sustainable Landscape Certification & Build a Rain Barrel Workshops

reducing lawnThis weekend & classes are filling up fast!

The City of Mill Creek and Snohomish Conservation District will host two workshops this Saturday, April, 12th at the Lively Environmental Learning Center. The first workshop, Sustainable Landscaping Certification, runs from 11am-12pm, and is free! Attend this one-hour class to learn about the City of Mill Creek’s new Sustainable Landscaping Certificate program where you can receive a free, on-site consultation that will guide you through sustainable practices and recognize your efforts with a beautiful award to display in your garden.  Do tell.


The second workshop, Build Your Own Rain-Barrel, will be held from 11-1p.m. and costs $25. At this hands-on workshop, you will be guided through simple steps to assemble a rain-barrel that you can take home. Both workshops will be held at the Lively Environmental Center, 1918 Seattle Hill Rd. Mill Creek, WA 98012. Register now at 

For questions, contact Kate Riley, 425.377.7004

Mill Creek Workshop flyer_FINAL

MC Council & Everett Public Schools Board to Hold Special Joint Meeting


The Mill Creek City Council will hold a special Council Meeting on Tuesday, March 25, 2014.  The purpose of the meeting is to hold a joint working session for both the Mill Creek City Council & the Everett Public Schools Board of Directors to discuss the proposed joint Mill Creek/Everett Public Schools Jackson H.S. field upgrade project. Do tell.

Part of the meeting will also be used to explore future (potential) partnering opportunities.  The Council will not take final action on any items. Public is welcome to attend however there will be no opportunity for public comment at this meeting.  This topic will come before the Mill Creek City Council on April 1 at which time public input will be welcome.


Everett Public Schools’ Community Resource Center, 3900 Broadway Everett, in the Port Gardner Room (1st floor on the left as you enter the building).


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

This meeting is open to the public as prescribed by law.

We are trying to make our public meetings accessible to all members of the public.  If you require special accommodations, please call the City Clerk at (425) 921-5732 three days prior to the meeting.

Kelly M. Chelin –  Executive Assistant/City Clerk

15728 Main Street   Mill Creek, Washington 98012

(425) 921-5732 direct

(425) 745-1891 office

(425) 745-9650 fax

Clearwater School to Host Parents’ Forum

image-3When: Sunday, February 24, 1-2PM

Where: Lake City Branch Seattle Public Library

What: Reluctant to Enthusiastic: A Clearwater Parents’ Forum

Parents at the Clearwater School in Bothell grapple with thorny issues resulting from sending their children to a democratic school. Providing their children with the freedom to be responsible for their own learning can be a daunting endeavor. Parents will discuss issues such as unlimited gaming, learning the fundamentals, how their kids are doing at Clearwater vs. traditional school, and how they themselves handle their difficulties with giving young people control of their lives.

In a radical departure from traditional schooling, Clearwater considers students responsible for their own education. Students choose what they want to do, when they want to do it and with whom and in ways that… serve them best.

Given the freedom to pursue their passions and the infrastructure to take responsibility for their lives, Clearwater students become confident, articulate adults with the skills they need to succeed. They graduate, get jobs, attend college, all without GPAs, transcripts or other stamps of approval that more traditional schools require. Do tell.

Sound Intriguing? Presentation is FREE & open to the public. Parents, students, community imagemembers, educators and journalists are welcome.

To learn more about The  Clearwater School including the history, philosphy of education, visit online:

Sunday, February 24, 1:00-2:00PM @ Lake City Branch – Seattle Public Library

which is located @ 12501 28th Ave NE  Seattle, WA 98125   206-684 7518

Charity Fit Camp – Benefit Boys & Girls Clubs

Run 2 Be Fit is presenting a Charity Fit Camp on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 8:30AM at the Everett Boys & Girls Club —  2316 12th Street in Everett.

This is a self-defense & combat style camp, which is FREE.  But, please bring cash donations to support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County. All proceeds from the Fit Camp benefit the Everett Boys & Girls Club. This event is open to all – males & females. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by guardian. Waivers will be signed by all.

Over the years, Boys & Girls Clubs have been a “home” to many amazing children who have grown to be productive, caring, responsible adults. Their goal is to continue this tradition of making a difference in our community. They offer many sports, educational programs, recreational games & teen programs for members ages 5-18. Do tell.

Following the workout there will be a DEMO for Damsel in Defense. Damsel in Defense is about equipping women with the tools to not only keep them safe but also to give them confidence to know that they have a way out if they ever feel threatened. They offer “affordable & adorable products” & education to help women keep safe.

For more info about Run 2 Be Fit & to sign up online for the camp, visit:

Call Arnie & Grace Martinez (425) 610-9311 or email them at


WSU Extension Master Gardener Program

Did you know that the WSU-Snohomish County Extension Master Gardener Program located right in Mill Creek’s backyard at McCollum Park trains new Master Gardeners every year, once a year, during the Winter? Whoo, that was a long sentence.

First, what is a Master Gardener & what do they do? Washington State University Master Gardeners are trained community educators – specialists in gardening & environmental stewardship. They operate Plant Problem Clinics, and they maintain three Demonstration Gardens: in Marysville, at Extension offices at McCollum Park & at the perennial border at the Evergreen Arboretum at Legion Park. They also conduct workshops, provide speakers, work with youth groups & provide mentors & educators through the Growing Groceries Program, the Natural Yard Care Program & the Rain Garden Program.

So, are you interested in becoming a Master Gardener? Training includes 80 hours of classroom & workshop instruction one day a week – on Thursdays – for three months, from January through March, as well as online instruction using “your” home computer. Tuition for this training is $245 which covers direct costs, materials & online training fees, plus a volunteer commitment of 50 hours each year for two years working in the various Master Garderner programs. If your work schedule does not permit you to make the volunteer commitment, you would be looking at tuition of $745. Obviously, this is something an applicant would have to be passionate about & to be in a position to fully commit to the training program. Do tell.

Applications are available at the Extension office & from the website now. The deadline for applications to be received by the office is November 2, 2012 for the class beginning in January 2013.

For more information about the Master Gardener Program regarding the training,  Plant Problem Clinics, the Demonstration Gardens, any of the other educational outreach work they do & the Snohomish County Master Gardener Foundation check out their website at

Information obtained from the WSU Extension Snohomish County website.

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