By Jordan Donohue
Political Science Intern
The Communities in Schools’ trip to Olympia day was fun, productive, and informative! Our Whatcom County branch sent an all-star group down to the State Capital: Executive Director Dennis D’Amelio, board member Richard May, Options School teacher Leslie Adamson, Options and Northwest Tech student Timmy, and myself. Our mission was to meet with Senators and House Representatives from the 40th and 42nd Congressional Districts of Washington. Every member of our group played an integral part in informing Olympia about the fantastic work that Communities in Schools is doing in Whatcom County. Each Senator or House Representative showed a genuine interest in reducing the dropout rate in Whatcom County and improving educational resources in our schools! Most notably, Timmy and Leslie did a fantastic job of promoting Options High School, Improv for Education, as well as Communities in Schools as a whole. Here in Whatcom County we look forward to ongoing progress with Olympia to help Communities in Schools grow and constantly improve the standard of education in our area.