She works behind the scenes, helping the most vulnerable families in Bethel.
Now Donna Butera has received public recognition for her efforts as Bethel’s Homeless Liaison, providing assistance to families who are without shelter or are in transition.
Donna was honored at the We Are Bethel Celebration with a Milk Toast, a traditional toast of milk. Each year at the Celebration, a special toast is made to a significant contributor to the Bethel community.
As the Homeless Liaison, Donna ensures that appropriate services are provided for children to continue their education despite their uncertain housing situations.
She has also developed a well-earned reputation for going to great lengths in assisting Bethel children with clothes, school supplies or medication, and directing families to appropriate and available social services.
A small fire on a griddle in the Malabon kitchen set off smoke alarms, sending students and staff to the exits.
The fire, caused by cooking oil that splashed onto a griddle, was quickly extinguished, well before firefighters arrived.
Malabon’s regular fire drill practice proved valuable, as 350 kids evacuated the school calmly and orderly. Firefighters also commended the kitchen staff for their quick action.
And while students didn’t get the Pasta Primavera that was on the lunch menu, they enjoyed sack lunches in the classroom while the cafeteria was completely aired out.
For the 43rd consecutive year Willamette students have been recognized at the school’s Academic and Athletic Awards Program.
Hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of scholarships for Willamette seniors were announced from colleges and universities, private foundations, community organizations and businesses.
High-achieving Willamette seniors were also singled out by each academic department in the school. Some were recognized for membership in the National Honor Society, Forensics Honors, and the Music Honor Society.
Graduation for the class of 2011 is June 10th in Wolverine Stadium.
The Pioneer Memorial Cemetery’s annual Memorial Day observance once again included performances by Shasta’s Symphonic Band and Choir.
Playing and singing inspirationally appropriate songs, the Shasta students have become part of the Memorial Day tradition at the cemetery across from Mac Court on the University of Oregon campus.
The event also included a trumpet solo by Willamette senior Elissa Sherry, a former Shasta Band student.