This will mark KNA’s 7th year of collecting items of food donated by caring citizens from throughout Kennydale. The drive will run through the month of November. As in past years, the Kennydale Elementary School will be the collection point for all donated food; please look for the collection barrel in the school lobby. And, of course, the school’s students will again be partnering with KNA, with the class that collects the most items receiving a pizza party! Last year’s drive collected 2,105 items from students and staff of Kennydale Elementary, with another 2,000 items were donated by Kennydale residents. Marcie Palmer, a longtime resident and supporter of the Kennydale Community, will again chair this year’s Drive. Please feel free to contact Marcie at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Please remember that all Kennydale residents are encouraged to drop off their food donations at the school; you don’t need to have a child attending there! Acceptable donations include non-perishable goods such as canned food, pasta, boxed meals, juice, cereal, etc. In the interest of balanced nutrition, no leftover Halloween candy, please! KNA will deliver the food to the Reach Center of Hope. The Center of Hope is a Renton organization that creates a safe environment for mothers and children seeking shelter, a place for showering, laundry, food and counseling. For more information about them, please visit their website at www.reachrenton.org .
Thank you for anything you can share with this very worthwhile organization!
On August 17th representatives from the Kennydale neighborhood Association delivered new backpacks and school supplies (valued at $600) to Kennydale Elementary School. These items had been purchased throughout the summer by KNA members and other caring residents who took the time to seek out back-to-school sales to get the greatest value for each dollar spent. In addition, cash donations from other residents were utilized to fill out the variety of items that had been requested by the school. The need for these items goes on year-round, but KNA puts an emphasis on getting these items together at its summertime neighborhood events so that they will be ready for donation before the first week of school. A great big thank you to all who donated items, shopped, and/or contributed funds towards this endeavor!
This year’s event marked a transition from the past format of a “neighborhood picnic” to a more global event in which our neighborhood was empowered to play a larger role in the planning and implementation. Sounds like a daunting task, but with excellent guidance from the City of Renton Neighborhood Program and their new Neighborhood Event Grant procedures as well as KNA’s long experience with doing large-attendance events and the participation of a core group of involved residents, we believe that our event went well and was enjoyed by everyone who attended.... over 260 people in all. That is lower than we expected, but we attribute this to a week of haze and light ash from forest fires to the east and a decision by some families to stay indoors.
An event such as this of course requires a substantial effort on the part of many people in order be successful, including the individuals and local businesses who contribute goods, prizes or cash donations, and also the neighbors who contribute their time & cooking skills by bringing a food item to share! We extend a sincere thank you to the following organizations, people and businesses:
Grant funding for fried chicken, equipment for games, tables & chairs, setup & cleanup, & and guidance to KNA in planning this event throughout 2017: Drey Hicks, Neighborhood Coordinator, and the Renton Neighborhood Program
Monitoring of games, setup and cleanup, and assistance wherever needed: 19 Hazen High School students, coordinated by their adviser, Brett Crueger; and supervised by Lynne Milnor
Prizes for the Member Raffle: Summer Nails, Hair Clips, and Dino’s at NE 44th Street (Exit 7); Salon Tewl at 938 - 110th Ave. SE, Ste. 4 in Bellevue; Lisa Lam & Marcie Maxwell, Windermere Realtors at 3800 NE 4th Street, and by KNA Board Members
Face Painters: Sponsored by Rosie Rourke – Jon L. Scott Realty, Kent WA
Balloon Clown: Sponsored by Farmers Insurance – Tasca/Wagner Agency, Renton WA
Emergency Vehicle Displays: Renton Regional Fire Authority
Ice and BOGO Cards: McDonalds at Exit 7, Renton WA
King County Library: Mobile Library2Go Van
Potluck Food Service: Sue & Mac Jahnke, Marilyn & Jon Danielson, Lynne & Bruce Milnor, Hazen Students and Marlene Winter
KNA Membership/Welcome Table/Greeters/Raffle: Darius & Vicki Richards, Janice Dougherty, Natalie Yusen, Mary Erikson & Derrick Reese
Event Planning, Advertising, Setup and Cleanup: Picnic Co-Chairs Lynne Milnor and Vicki Richards, and all the KNA Board
Exhibitor Booths: ERC Regional Trail Org.; Kennydale Elementary PTA; Kennydale United Methodist Church, Kennydale Lions; and candidates for Renton City Council: Diane Dobson, Ruth Perez, Jamie Smith and Armondo Pavone
Event Photography: Gary Palmer - To see all of Gary’s photos from this Celebration & Potluck and many other Renton events, go to: www.garypalmerofrenton.smugmug.com and follow the “Picnic” links
KNA’s two Ice Cream Socials enjoyed record high number of attendees again this summer. At our July 18th social, we served 204 people and initially went through all of the ice cream, but we restocked quickly so that everyone was served. Sincere thanks to Kennydale resident and event sponsor, Jon Bye (Jon Bye and Associates Realty) for covering the cost of the ice cream and supplies, and to our new chairperson for this event, Luke Welling (and his wife, Jenn), and to the KNA Board members who assisted.
At our second social on August 15th, we likewise had a large crowd of 187 people, with an ample supply of ice cream and goodies for all who attended! Thanks again to Luke, Jenn and our KNA team, and Luke’s firm, Homeseed Loans (email@example.com) for sponsoring this event.
And special thanks to Drey Hicks, Neighborhood Coordinator for the City of Renton Neighborhood Program, for providing tables, chairs and all sorts of new games for our citizens: Ladder Golf, Outdoor Jenga, Bocce Ball and more. These will be a feature at KNA’s future summertime events!
KNA is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in Kennydale and fostering community spirit.