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May 3, 2013

Looking for stories about Sergeant Major Zachary

Dear Editor,

Sergeant Major Reid Zachary is retiring after 19 years of teaching JROTC at Snohomish High School.

Many students have gone through the program at SHS in this time, including students from other school districts. Some of these students have gone on to serve their country in the armed forces, others have gone on to further education or careers. All will have a story to tell of their time with the Sergeant Major.

Current students and the Parent Association are planning to put together a scrapbook of his time with the school district but we are in need of pictures and stories.

We are asking anyone with memories of the Sergeant Major to write them down or if you have pictures of him to copy them and please send them by April 30 for inclusion in the scrapbook to: Lauren Snyder, c/o Snohomish MC JROTC,

P.O. Box 871, Snohomish, Wash. 98290 or to submit via email, send to

Thank you for your help in this matter.

Lauren Snyder, parent


WEA should let taxpayers know how their money is spent

Dear Editor,

It is such a shame that the Washington Education Association union (WEA) has recently put out an attack flyer against some Washington State Senators, including Sen. Steve Hobbs (D-Lake Stevens), who are attempting to put forth education reform measures.

The Senators have championed measures like: enrolling highly talented students in advanced classes, providing intervention and support so every child reads at grade level by third grade, making faculty assignments based on mutual agreement between teachers and principals, and giving schools letter grades so parents can see the quality of education their children are receiving.

The WEA would prefer no changes be made, they just want the State Legislature to just give them more money.

The state already spends $10,300 per student, which is from an increase in funding by 32 percent during Gov. Gregoire's time in office, but still over 25 percent of our children are not graduating.

Instead of focusing on spending, demonizing Senators trying to make changes, the WEA should be concerned with educating our children. Taxpayers and parents should demand to know how every dollar is spent and expect positive results.

Todd Welch

Lake Stevens


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