Category Archives: Events

The most important 6-1/2 hours of a child’s day


Submitted by James Leet, Lakewood’s Choice

As you may know a school day is about 6 1/2 hours long, depending on the grade. What you may not know is what needs students have and what resources are available to them. For our November CHOICE coalition meeting on November 2 (1 pm) , administrators, school resource officers and others from the school community will share what they know best.

Lakewood's Choice

The location of the meeting has changed to the Clover Park School District Administration building, room 6B.

Special education athletes to participate in districtwide track meet

More than 250 special education athletes will participate in Clover Park School District’s (CPSD) Track Stars Invitational Wednesday, June 1 at Harry Lang Stadium (6015 111th St SW in Lakewood) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“This is a great celebration of what students with disabilities can do,” said director of special education Sean Whalen. “Our culture puts a lot of focus on the limitations of people, not what they are able to do. Our mission in special education is to expand the horizons for our students, to make their world as big as possible. This event showcases our efforts to do that. From designing the event logo to training for the events to this public performance, this is about what our students are able to do.”

The meet features running, wheelchair racing and softball throwing events. Two new events, bowling and dance, were added this year. A number of community and military volunteers help students complete the events. The district has held the Track Stars event since 2007.

For more information contact Whalen at 253-583-5170.

Special education athletes compete during the 2015 Track Stars Invitational. This year’s event will be held June 1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Harry Lang Stadium.

2016 Military Kids & Families Summit set for April 15


Camp Murray, WA – The 2016 Military Kids and Families Summit will take place on Friday, April 15, 2016 at the McGavick Conference Center at Clover Park Technical College in Lakewood, WA. The summit is titled “Making Connections” to Strengthen Military Families.  The event targets social service providers in the Puget Sound area who serve military kids and families, including providers both on and off-base in the communities surrounding Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Camp Murray.  

MKFP Making Connections Summit (1)

April is the month of the military child and April 15th coincides with the Governor’s proclamation honoring military kids.  The goal of this summit is to bring on and off-base social service providers together to discuss how their work overlaps, and how we can all collectively better serve military kids and families in our communities. Among the areas that will be discussed during the summit are what resources are provided for military families at JBLM and Camp Murray, accessing crisis assistance on and off-base, community resources for military families off-base, and the network of information and referral services available for military families both on and off-base. Each of these areas will be discussed by a panel of functional experts in their areas, and time will be allotted for discussions, questions, and answers between the panelist and summit attendees. The summit will also include a youth forum centered on this year’s month of the military child theme, “Military Youth-Their Journey and Their Adventures.”

Current sponsors for the event are Washington National Guard Joint Services Support, Joint Base Lewis-McChord Armed Forces Community Services, South Sound Military and Communities Partnership, WA Department of Veterans Affairs, and United Way of Pierce County.  The event is organized by the WA Military Kids and Families.
Partnership whose membership includes United Way of Pierce County, Joint Base Lewis McChord Armed Forces Community Services, WA National Guard Joint Services Support, WA Department of Veterans Affairs, South Sound Military and Communities Partnership, American Legion Auxiliary, Give an Hour, National Military Family Association, and many more.

Calling all Makers! (Young ones especially)

MAKERFEST is May 21st at Pierce College.  What will YOU show this year?


What is MakerFest?

MakerFest is an event where makers can show off what they have made and how they made it. Think of it as a big-show-and-tell event. It provides an opportunity for people to gather, connect, and explore the processes, products, and joys of making. MakerFest is inspired by MAKE magazine’s annual Maker Faires, but is not affiliated with or endorsed by the MAKE brand or company. Features of the Fest include; displays, demonstrations, workshops, and hands-on activities.

Our Manifesto:

MakerFest is a festival-style celebration of makers. A Maker is a person that engages in the process of making or producing something. Makers run the gamut from woodworkers, tinkerers, coders, crafters, to robot builders. The Maker movement includes amateurs, enthusiasts, hobbyists, innovators, and entrepreneurs.

MakerFest is a free, non-commercial, non-competitive, community-building event. It provides an opportunity for people to gather, connect, and explore the processes, products, and joys of making. The goal of MakerFest is to engage and excite youth, families, and adults to explore Maker/DIY (Do-It-Yourself) culture and become Makers themselves.

MakerFest is an inclusive event; gathering folks of all ages, ethnicities, cultures, genders, and sexual orientations.

What is a maker?

Chris Williamson, a maker himself, put it this way:

A maker is anyone that uses their abilities to create, whether it be mechanical, electrical, musical, visual or anything else. This world is full of things that were created by makers. Without makers, there would be no innovation and creation. That want of those things, and teaching myself how to make things in order to have them is the engine of everything I have achieved in my whole life up till now… It doesn’t matter what you make, and it doesn’t matter why. The importance is that you are making something.

Want to know more?

Read This: What does it really mean to be a Maker? By Charles Gantt

Watch This: Adam Savage’s Maker Faire 2012 Talk: Why We Make

Father-Daughter Star Wars Dance, March 12

Come to a galaxy far, far away for the City of Lakewood’s 14th Annual “STAR WARS” Father Daughter Dance! Let the force awaken on the dance floor! Enjoy tunes from Tatooine & treats from Admiral Ackbar’s snack bar.

Yes, this is exactly the party dads and daughters have been waiting for. May the force be with you.

  • WHAT: Father-Daughter Star Wars Dance
  • WHEN: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, March 12
  • WHERE: Lakes High School Commons, 10320 Farwest Drive SW
  • DRESS: Everyone dresses in their own way from casual to semi-formal or costumes.
  • COST: $35 per couple; $10 each additional daughter
  • REGISTER: Attendees must register by February 29, 2015. Visit for more information.
  • CONTACT: Sally Martinez, 253-983-7758 or