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Category: Youth


Cascade Christian grad reunites with the medical team who saved her life

Just weeks before her high school graduation last spring, Sarah Davis’ family wasn’t sure she’d be able to make it to the ceremony. She had been severely injured in a car accident. But the determined student made it to the finish line. She’s now a student at Pacific Lutheran University.

Davis and her parents recently returned to Tacoma General Hospital to meet the medical team who helped her survive.

To see a story and photo from the hospital’s blog, click here.


Can you open your home to a homeless youth?

Housing 4 Success (H4S), a Pierce County-wide effort to end youth and young adult homelessness, is recruiting for host homes in the community.

The program pairs a young person experiencing homelessness with a caring individual/family that has a spare bedroom and wants to make a difference. Host home providers receive support services from a housing specialist along with financial assistance.

H4S is a collaboration between Associated Ministries, the REACH Center, Shared Housing Services, Vadis, and Oasis, It is funded by Pierce County, the City of Tacoma and Tacoma Housing Authority.

The youth and young adults accepted into the

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Car museum hosts benefit for sick boy

A nine-year-old boy with roots and family in the Auburn area is fighting for his life and needs an expensive cell transplant. That’s why his family and friends are hoping to sell lots of tickets for a fundraiser they’re holding Saturday night in Tacoma at LeMay: America’s Car Museum.

Eli Olsen was only 3 years old when he was diagnosed with hereditary pancreatitis, celiac disease and a cystic fibrosis gene. For the last 4 months he’s been unable to eat and has been sustained through a feeding tube in his chest. Eli and his family have moved to California, but

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Hungry kids get help in a backpack from St. Leo Food Connection

St. Leo Food Connection has resumed its weekend food backpacks for Tacoma students who are at risk of going hungry when school lets out.

This is the fifth year of operation for the program. This year, it will serve an estimated 420 students each week in 14 Tacoma Public Schools.

This month, the program will also expand to two schools in Lakewood’s Clover Park School District.

The backpacks are sent home with kids every Friday during the school year. Each is packed with six kid-friendly meals and snacks, including fresh fruits and vegetables.

St. Leo is partnering with local schools

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Children’s Museum offers special night for special needs kids

The Children’s Museum of Tacoma will join with SPECIAL Families of Pierce County to host monthly evening programs for families of children with special needs.

Parents can network with other parents and hear a guest speaker. Children will have the chance to have a sensory-friendly play experience in the museum. Trained volunteers and museum personnel will be there to support children as they explore the galleries.

Programs are scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 11, Nov. 8 and Dec. 13.

The program is free, but donations are accepted. Space is limited, and families are asked to register in

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Summer reading gets wild at Puyallup Library

People from wolf conservation project Wolf Haven International will be at the Puyallup Public Library (324 S. Meridian, in downtown Puyallup) on July 20 to educate kids about wolves. (No live wolves will visit the library.)

At 1 p.m., children in grades kindergarten through grade 2 can experience Den Digs, where they will learn four components of wolf habitat – food, water, shelter, and space – through hands-on activities. Then at 3:30 p.m., children in grades 3 through 6, will take part in Wolf Café. They’ll learn how the wolf has adapted to its role as a key predator and

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New Youth Theatre hosts open house Saturday

Tacoma Youth Theatre hosts an open house on Saturday, June 30, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the First Congregational Church school building in Tacoma. The building is at 918 Division Ave., at the corner of ‘J” and Division.

You can meet Managing Director Scott Campbell and Artistic Director Maggie Knott and learn more about Tacoma Youth Theatre’s mission, goals, and structure.

All youth (ages 5 – 18) who attend the open house will receive a free Tacoma Youth Theatre membership. Members save $50 off enrollment in any class, camp, or production for the entire calendar year, a membership

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