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June 9th, 2012 at Sat, 9th, 2012 at 8:45 am by lesliehamada

Kent Meridian SEA Club

Friday evening, June 8th,  the community of Covington and the friends, parents, and students of Cedar Valley Elementary were treated to a Multicultural Night at the school gym. Countries around the world were represented by tables of families sharing their heritage in design, craft, costume, and food. It was well attended by the community and has become an annual event. The event was put on by the PTSA of Cedar Valley and Jennifer Harjehausen is the current President. The committee chair Lyuda West and her co-chairs Cari Rivers and Joni Bentley planned the event well.

Lyuda West, Chair Multicultural Night

Many of the teachers in the school had their classrooms decorated  to display different countries and pictures to show the culture, land, and history. When the children arrived they were issued Passports and as they visited the various tables and countries and learned about them they were given stickers to demonstrate they had been in that country. They had also displayed from their after school Art Club–Artwork several students had done and anyone was allowed to bid on this beautifully framed and ready for hanging Art work–the proceeds will go to help their after school program continue. The evening also included live entertainment from various countries,

Bag Pipes Entertaining

The final event of the evening was a drawing for a prize. This is a great example of bringing the community and schools together and a free night of entertainment for families and kids.

Greeting the Community



Leslie is a wife, mother, & grandmother. She has worked in marketing, communications, & writing professionally. For the past 17 years she has resided in the Covington area and doing volunteer work in the King County Area. While her children attended University Place Schools she was actively involved in youth activities and PTA. She was in executive leadership in the organization as President in school PTA on all levels. In addition she held a District PTA leadership position. Currently her youngest child Lisa is a teacher and last year was recognized as NASPE 2009 High School Physical Education Teacher of the Nation. Her two sons are employed in Computer and engineer firms. She has two beautiful grandchildren. Leslie's pride & joy is Pee Wee Hamada her stay at home Cocker spaniel and her inspiration for her first Children's Book: "Pee Wee's Adventure In the Woods" which addresses boundaries for young children and safety issues through an exciting animal book. Leslie has been actively involved in her Community volunteering for over 40 years. She has mentored in high risk elementary schools since college. Presently she is Director for emergency services for her church Kent United Methodist. She is Chair of the Kent Ecumenical Network Board. It is her sixth year on Catholic Community Advocacy Board. She received an award last year from Governor Gregoire for work with felons. This past year she was recognized for work in social justice and poverty by the South King County Human Service Commission. Last year she received an award from the Southern Sudanese Organization in Seattle. In 2005 she received the SKC Award for the Spirit of Caring. In 2005 she traveled to San Francisco to work at the Soup Kitchen of Glide Memorial and help with immigrant Chinese pre-school students at Gum Moon Community. Her passion is working with kids and social justice issues. Presently she is working to start a Kids Boxing Program in the Kent East Hill area to give the kids a great after school program.

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