Corporations for Communities Awards 2017

Corporations for Communities Awards 2017

The Corporations for Communities Award honors extraordinary Washington businesses that give their best efforts in helping their communities. On Monday, December 4th, Secretary Wyman presented five businesses with a National Association of Secretaries of State Medallion Award during a ceremony honoring the businesses for the exceptional work they have done for their communities. Honorable mentions and special recognition went to seven additional organizations. Secretary Wyman selected these businesses to receive the NASS Medallion Award for their efforts to go above and beyond…

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State Library’s Teen Video Challenge has begun

State Library’s Teen Video Challenge has begun

Interested in creating video content? Love your local public library? You’re in luck, because the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) Teen Video Challenge (TVC) is underway! Use your imagination and create a video promoting summer reading at the public library that includes the 2018 CSLP TVC teen slogan “Libraries Rock!,” and you could win $100 for yourself and a $50 award for your public library partner! One winning video will be selected as the Washington winner, and all state winning videos will…

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Making the Season Bright

Making the Season Bright

It’s the giving season and the Holiday Kids’ Tree symbolizes it in the best way. Each year, the Association of Washington Business (AWB) hosts the Holiday Kids’ Tree lighting marking the end of their Holiday Kids’ Tree Project of that year.  The project collects donations and funds to be given to children and families in need in rural areas. According to the AWB website, more than $390,000 in cash donations and thousands of gifts since the project started in 1989….

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‘Tis the season!

‘Tis the season!

The holiday season is officially here and the smell of evergreen fills the Legislative Building with the arrival of this year’s Holiday Kids’ Tree! The tree, delivered November 28th, comes from Rainier, WA and was donated by Weyerhaeuser’s Vail Tree Farm. The Noble fir stands at 30-feet tall and will be adorned with over 7,000 LED lights and stuffed animals for this year’s theme of “Friends of the Forest”. The “Friends of the Forest” theme features animals native to the State of…

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On the road again

On the road again

Over the past few months, Secretary Wyman has been traveling around Washington on a number of multi-purpose trips. As she is the Secretary OF State, we’ve been calling these community visits her Secretary IN State tour. Since August, she’s visited Kelso and Longview in Cowlitz County; Vancouver and Camas in Clark County; Aberdeen in Grays Harbor County; Pasco, Richland and Kennewick in Benton and Franklin Counties; Walla Walla in Walla Walla County; Bellingham and Fairview in Whatcom County, Mount Vernon…

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Student Mock Election results mirror statewide outcome

Student Mock Election results mirror statewide outcome

Each year, students across Washington get to participate in a mock election to show how they would vote on candidates and measures if given the chance in real life. The Mock Election is a non-partisan, educational event that teaches kids to be informed voters. Nearly 180,000 students have voted in Washington’s annual Mock Election since 2004. Students vote on the same measures and candidates adults will decide. Not surprisingly, the student results were very similar to those of Washington’s registered voters who…

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WTBBL offering braille transcribing course

WTBBL offering braille transcribing course

If you’ve ever been interested in learning braille, what better place to learn it than at the state’s premier braille-service library? Earlier this October, the Washington Talking Book & Braille Library kicked off its annual braille transcribing course. (Sorry, it’s too late to join the class this year. But it’s likely the class will be offered next October.) The free class started with 21 enrollees, the second-highest number since the class was reintroduced in 2008 after WTBBL transitioned to a…

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Lights, camera, action: Video shows how Korea 65 exhibit was installed

Lights, camera, action: Video shows how Korea 65 exhibit was installed

For several years, Capitol visitors have been treated to some amazing exhibits in our front lobby, courtesy of our talented and creative Legacy Washington team. The latest is “Korea 65: The Forgotten War Remembered.” The exhibit, along with a series of online profiles, focuses on Washingtonians who experienced the Korean War in different ways, from U.S. soldiers who fought in the war to Korean-Americans who grew up in Korea during or after the war. Ever wonder how an exhibit actually…

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Student contest on Korean War ends November 30th

Student contest on Korean War ends November 30th

Washington students in grades 6-12 have until the end of November to take part in a contest sponsored by our Legacy Washington program. Legacy Washington’s Korea 65 contest encourages students to explore the question of how the Korean War affects Washington state today. Entries can be submitted as writings, film projects or two-dimensional art. The contest ends Nov. 30. Go here to sign up and learn about contest rules and other details. The contest is in connection with Legacy Washington’s…

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State Library kicks off Historical Zine contest

State Library kicks off Historical Zine contest

The Washington State Library has launched a fun contest for Washington students and adults that allow them to express themselves about some part of state history. The Historical Zine Contest is in its third year. For those wondering what are Zines (rhymes with beans), they are basically self-published magazines – often via a photocopier – that give the creator’s point of view on a subject. Contest participants are asked to create a Zine about some aspect of Washington history. The…

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