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City of Seattle
Gregory J. Nickels (former Mayor)
NEWS ADVISORY
SUBJECT: Neighbor Appreciation Day Cards Are Here
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
2/7/2007  4:00:00 PM
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Neighbor Appreciation Day Cards Are Here
Student Art Contest Winners Selected,
Top Prize Adorns Neighbor Appreciation Day Cards

SEATTLE -- The 13th annual Neighbor Appreciation Day is Saturday, February 10th, 2007. Mayor Greg Nickels encourages Seattle residents to celebrate the occasion by sending a free Neighborhood Appreciation Day greeting card to those who have made their neighborhood a nicer, safer, place to live and play.

This year’s card art features the work of Halimo Gado, a nine-year-old student at Thurgood Marshall. Her work was selected from a record number of entries that wonderfully depicted neighbors helping neighbors. A celebration for the art contest winners and runners-up will be held 1 p.m. Saturday at Thurgood Marshall Elementary School.

To view all of these inspired pieces, please go to: http://www.cityofseattle.net/neighborhoods/appday/art.htm

Neighbor Appreciation Day greeting cards are available free to organizations and individuals in Seattle. The card is suitable for use throughout the year. If you would like to send cards to citizens in recognition of their special contributions to their neighborhoods, please contact Peter McGraw at 615-0950 or peter.mcgraw@seattle.gov. They are also available at all Neighborhood Service Centers, Community Centers, the Citizens Service Bureau at City Hall, and Seattle Public Libraries.

In 1995, Phinney Ridge activist Judith Wood suggested that the city designate “a special day to celebrate the goodness in those around us and to reach out and strengthen our bonds to each other.” Mayor Norm Rice responded by proclaiming the Saturday before Valentine’s Day as Neighbor Appreciation Day. The observance has grown every year since!

Neighbor Appreciation Day is a grassroots celebration. People and organizations throughout Seattle have organized block parties, open houses, award ceremonies, potluck dinners, and work parties to recognize and encourage caring neighbors. To see a list of events planned for Neighbor Appreciation Day, go to: http://www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/appday/events.htm

CONTEST WINNERS

Halimo Gado
School: Thurgood Marshall Elementary
Teacher: Sharon Nakanishi-Acena
Grade: 5
Age: 11

Maia Whitehorn
School: Coe Elementary
Teacher: Lonni Gunsolus
Grade: K
Age: 6

Elen Trenh
School: John Muir Elementary
Teacher: Marilyn Sauls
Grade: 2
Age: 7

Honorable Mentions

Linh Huynh
School: John Muir Elementary
Teacher: Gabrielle Smith
Grade: 4
Age: 10

Claire Furtick
School: Laurelhurst Elementary
Teacher: Bethany Lara
Grade: 1
Age: 6

James Chiu
School: Beacon Hill Elementary
Teacher: Paul Napolitan (Art Teacher)
Grade: 4
Age: 9

Ashley Escalante
School: Graham Hill Elementary
Teacher: Patsy Yamada
Grade: K
Age: 6

Cesar Madrigal
School: Van Asselt Elementary
Teacher: Sarah Clemons
Grade: 3
Age: 9

Ashley Manalang
School: Dunlap Elementary
Teacher: Donna Amira (Art Teacher)
Grade: 4
Age: 9

Bethia Fernandez
School: Dunlap Elementary
Teacher: Donna Amira (Art Teacher)
Grade: 5
Age: 10

Philip Kiefer
School: Coe Elementary
Teacher: Maria Rodriguez
Grade: 5
Age: 11

Claire Malarkey
School: Coe Elementary
Teacher: Elsie Miller
Grade: 4
Age: 9

Brandyn Gibson
Gatewood Elementary
Teacher: Catherine Picardal
Grade: K
Age: 5

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