'Good News' from the Renton School District
January 25, 2013 · 11:20 AM
Renton School District “Good News” provided by the district.
• Renton High School students in the DECA Marketing program raised more than $1,000 at the school to donate to the Ronald McDonald House program which provides a “home-away-from-home” for families so they can stay close by their hospitalized child.
• Business Education teachers at the Secondary Learning Center brought in community partners to participate in mock employment interviews where students learn how to interview for jobs. Representatives from local businesses and the Renton Chamber of Commerce participated in the interviews.
• Two students in the district’s H.O.M.E. program recently won the People’s Choice Award as part of the annual Renton Film Frenzy competition for amateur filmmakers. Sisters Amelia (a first-grader) and Abigail (a fourthgrader) Zimmerman wrote, storyboarded, starred in, and produced the movie, Girls in Ghostland. Their father and grandfather helped them with the filming and editing.
• Sierra Heights Elementary School recently celebrated their annual Culture Day that allows students and staff to be immersed in the diverse cultures that make up the extended school community. Students and family members proudly presented their cultures at the event that allows for better enrichment and understanding.
• The district’s transportation department recently received a grant for $134,000 from the Department of Ecology to install heater units into 47 school buses that provide a greener way to warm-up buses, and reduce fuel consumption, engine wear and driver efficiency. The heater units are used to warm the buses heating and cooling system prior to starting the vehicle which allows for shorter idle times during pre-trip preparation. The grant will also be used to purchase aftermarket diesel multi-state filters on 18 buses which will further reduce emissions.
• Benson Hill Elementary School students, staff and parents showed incredible generosity during the holidays by collecting over 1,300 pounds of food that was donated to the Emergency Feeding Program of Seattle & King County which provides balanced nutrition meals to struggling individuals and families throughout the community.