By Bettye Craft
On May 22nd the United Way of Pierce County awarded Varisty Letters in Community Service to 536 students from around the county. The students volunteered over 126,000 hours which would equal $2.8 million if the students were paid for this work. The 9 SHS students in the group of recepients were: Songhee An, Ian Chamber, Deelyn Cheng, Sarah Denning, Alexander Essenberg, Niki Hobbs, Katie Howard, Taylan Swift, and Samantha Wiegman. These students volunteered 1,848 hours. They worked in elementary classrooms, oriented new students to the high school, helped at VBS, led activities for Girl Scouts at day camp, collected food, tutored, and cleaned up a park as part of the volunteer activities in which they participated. Rod Koon, of the United Way of Pierce County Board of Directors descibed this year’s event as: “Why we should have faith in the future celebration.” These Steilacoom students are definitely an example of that.