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.

TNT: Caught in an industrial zone: District considers closing Lakewood’s Woodbrook Middle School


The Clover Park School District board will get a recommendation in January that Woodbrook Middle School be closed. District officials say the 53-year-old middle school has reached the end of its useful life, but some community and education leaders are blaming Lakewood officials, saying a change in zoning to help develop a business park forced the closure.

Read more: Caught in an industrial zone: District considers closing Lakewood’s Woodbrook Middle School | The News Tribune

Calling all Students: Launch Your Own Company


TACOMA, WA — Time is running out! The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) at Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber offers local students, grades six through 12, an opportunity to develop their own business concept with mentor support, gain investor funding, launch their company, and compete for scholarship dollars to further their education.

chamber-yeaIf you know a student that is a great candidate for this program, encourage them to apply immediately, before it’s too late! The DEADLINE is November 2, 2016; the online application is available here:

Last year’s graduate, Maxx Stewart, took the national title of AMERICA’S NEXT TOP YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR, WINNING A $30,000 COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP. He earned the opportunity to pitch his business, Spyder Grypz, to a national audience in Washington, DC. He competed against 6 other entrepreneurial startups and presented to a panel of national business leaders serving as judges. Check out his website by

Another YEA! success story is 15-year-old Rachel Zietz from Boca Raton. Rachel pitched to the Sharks in May and at the time had sales of $300,000 and now have sales approaching the $3M mark!

Help ensure that local youth have an opportunity to realize their dreams – entering the Academy as students – graduating as CEOs. Share this opportunity and consider being an investor to support the next generation of young entrepreneurs.

Caring for Kids to Stuff the Bus, Nov. 5


Caring for Kids is holding its annual Stuff the Bus event at Clover Park High School on Saturday, November 5th from 9:00 A.M.–2:00 P.M. We are preparing to help 650 families in need for the holidays. Volunteers from the high schools, middle schools along with the volunteer adults will be out in full force asking for toys and monetary donations.

In Clover Park School District alone there are 9,501 kids on free and reduced lunch according to the September statistics. So please stop by and help us help our kids in need! For more information contact Diane at 253-279-9777 or

Students, Clover Park District officials meet over safety concerns


LAKEWOOD, Wash. — After student protests and a ‘no confidence’ vote, the superintendent of Clover Park Schools finally sat down with student leaders at a closed-door session Friday. This all comes following a KOMO News investigation uncovering unsafe conditions for the students.

Read more: Students, Clover Park District officials meet over safety concerns