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KENT MERIDIAN HIGH SCHOOL PUTS ON VOLUNTEER TEA

May 24th, 2012 at Thu, 24th, 2012 at 6:06 am by lesliehamada

Ray Lee is honored for his work at Kent Meridian by Debbie Theisen

 

Wednesday afternoon many of the members of the community that had volunteered throughout the year at Kent Meridian High School with Challenge Day, Senior Project Presentations, tutoring, Career Day, music programs, and whatever else was needed were treated to a wonderful afternoon tea with cookies and some wonderful entertainment from their music department. Debbie Theisen who oversees in a staff position volunteers at KM stated she had over 300 volunteers on a list to draw from many needs at KM. A few volunteers were recognized for special work throughout the year. The symphony, jazz band, and singing groups preformed with many great and varied numbers. It is great to see such community support for our schools. That is what keeps our high schools and community thriving.

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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