Grays Harbor Community Foundation awards $68,779 in Discretionary Grants in 2nd quarter

The Grays Harbor Community Foundation is pleased to be able to invest $68,779 into the community through its second quarter discretionary grants cycle. The Foundation has been a resource to Grays Harbor County non-profits by offering a quarterly discretionary grants cycle, and this quarter, the Foundation awarded nine grant awards for discretionary funding. “Offering an […]

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  • Hoquiam Summer Meals Program Details

    HOQUIAM, Wash. – The Hoquiam School District announces the sponsorship of the Simplified Summer Food Program for Children.  Meals will be made available at no charge to attending children 18 years of age and younger

    Meals will be served at the following two locations:

    Art Pocklington Central Play Park

    401 H Street

    Hoquiam, WA 98550

    July 1st (Grand Opening) – August 23rd


    12:15pm – 12:45pm each weekday


    YMCA of Grays Harbor

    2500 Simpson Ave

    Hoquiam, WA 98550

    June 24th – August 23rd


    11:15 -11:45pm each weekday




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  • Hoquiam School District Talks Early Release

    HOQUIAM, Wash. – School board members heard from more teachers than parents at a meeting Monday night on the proposed shortened class schedule for the coming school year, as one parent spoke against the plan “I don’t think less seat time for our students is going to improve their education.”
    School Superintendent Mike Parker detailed the proposed options for an early-release Wednesday “We put together two alternatives, actually three if you count doing nothing, maybe we go to twenty days instead of every Wednesday, then the other option was to do every Wednesday.”
    Marissa LaLonde is a 4th grade teacher, she says Hoquiam’s teachers are stressed for time as it is.
    The standards keep going higher and higher, and we’re getting asked to do more and more, and we have to be effective. To be effective Teachers have to collaborate. – Marissa LaLonde
    The extra 90 minutes created by an early release would allow teachers of core curriculum to collaborate on teaching practices, make needed changes, and analyzing student performance.
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  • Hoquiam Mayor Jack Durney Announces Plans to Run For Third Term

    HOQUIAM, Wash. – Mayor Jack Durney announced today he plans to run for a third term, citing successes in his previous terms such as improving the city’s economy, beautification projets, sidewalk repairs, undated infrastructure and improved public safety many key concerns that came out of Hometown Hoquiam meetings six years ago. Mayor Jack Durney said in a press release today “I look forward to the opportunity to continue to serve the people of Hoquiam and am sincerely grateful to the support of my wife Sue Ann and my kids Jennifer Hogarty and Patrick Durney and all of the other employees of Durney Insurance Agency.  Without their support I would not be able to serve.


    I wear very proudly a button that says “We Try Harder in Hoquiam”.  That defines our City of Hoquiam organization that I am so proud to lead as well as the citizens of Hoquiam who for over a century have been dedicated to taking care of their home town in so many way.  My parents and grandparents have given me a legacy of city buildings, parks, and facilities that they worked hard to build over the years and have entrusted to me .  With the continued help of our city family and the broader community as a whole, I will continue to work hard to keep that rich tradition alive as a gift to our children and grandchildren.”


    To view the complete release from the mayor’s office, click the story title.

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    Hoquiam School District gets $200,000 grant for energy efficiency improvements

    The Hoquiam School District will receive over $200,000 in Energy Efficiency Grants from the state. Hoquiam is among 29 school districts across the state are being collectively awarded $9 million for school facility energy efficiency improvements, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction announced this week. The projects will produce immediate and long-term energy and operational savings, improve […]

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  • Hoquiam School District earns School of Distinction award

    HOQUIAM, Wash. – The Hoquiam School District this week was recognized as a School of Distinction in their region. School Superintendent Mike Parker tells us Educational Service District 113 notified them this week that they are one of twelve schools throughout the region that will receive the award.
    ESD 113 serves 44 school districts in Thurston, Lewis, Mason, Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties as well as approved private schools within those counties.
    To earn School of Distinction status, schools must be performing at least at the state average in each grade level measured in their school (3rd through 8th and 10th grade) on Reading and Math assessments. Schoolswere then evaluated on combined Reading and Math improvement over the last 5 years. The top five percent of the elementary schools, middle/junior high schools, high schools and alternative schools are designated as Schools of Distinction.

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  • Hoquiam School District Details Summer Lunch Program

    HOQUIAM, Wash. – The Hoquiam School District announces the sponsorship of the Simplified Summer Food Program for Children.  Meals will be made available at no charge to attending children 18 years of age and younger.  All meals are available without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. 

    To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue S.W., Washington D.C. 20250-9410 or call toll free (800)795-3272 (voice) or (202)720-6382 (TTY).  The USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

    Breakfast will be provided at Central Elementary in Hoquiam, WA from July 10, 2012 through August 23, 2012.  The meal will be served from 8:45-9:00 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday, and is open to children 18 years or younger.

    Lunch will be provided at 2 locations this year.  Central Elementary 310 Simpson Avenue, Monday through Friday from 11:30- 12:00 p.m. and Lincoln Elementary 700 Wood Avenue, Monday through Friday from 12:15- 12:45.  Lunch will be available June 20, 2012 through August 24, 2012.

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  • Hoquiam School District Invites Parents to Discuss Early Release Schedule

    HOQUIAM, Wash. – Hoquiam School District would like to talk with parents about the proposed early release schedule for the coming school year. A special meeting will be held on Monday May 14th at 5:30p.m. in the High School Library.
    School Superintendant Mike Parker tells us no action will be taken at Monday night’s meeting.
    The Board of Directors of Hoquiam School District No. 28 will hold a regular meeting Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. in Hoquiam High Little Theater.

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