“Tonight is about partnership,” said Clover Park Superintendent Dr. Doris McEwen. Indeed it was.
Lakewood Police and Fire, Safe Street, Boys & Girls Clubs and Clover Park School District came together to start forming the partnerships needed to make Lakeview a safer, better community.
Police Chief Saunders discussed the importance of building a relationship with the Neighborhood Patrol Team (Adam Leonard – 830-5034 and Kathy McCann – 830-5028), Lakewood Safe Street (Darlene Picon – 830-5017), Neighborhood Association (Joe Roddaway – 588-3069) and Lakeview Elementary School Resource Officer (Scott Young – 830-5084).
Calling 911 is not the best option when you witness speeders, patterns of crime, mail and/or identity theft, prostitution or drugs. These incidents are where the Neighborhood Patrol Officers come in. Call their desks direct and they will help the caller get the ball rolling to cleaning up their community.
Clover Park Superintendent Dr. Doris McEwen then stepped to the mic to implore community members to “get of the vote” for the February 7 school bond (PDF). According to McEwen, the bond is for $65 million. $55 million to rebuild Lakes High School and $10 million to build a new Lakewiew Elementary. If the bond passes, Washington State will kcik in anoth $16 million in matching funds.
On top of Neighborhood Watch and the school bond, Boys & Girls Clubs President Gary Yazwa discussed the new Boys & Girls Club that will be built at Lakeview. The plan, if the school bond passes, will be to build the new Lakeview Elementary in concert with the new Boys & Girls Club. The facility would be a crowning jewel for a community much in need of such a place.
As the evening wrapped up with numerous door prizes, many people smiled, shook hands and pledged to create the partnerships that will help this community succeed.