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ADVISORY/Senior Citizens and First-Grade Class Connect for Valentine's Day Cookie Decorating Party

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WHEN: Thursday, February 14


TIME: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM


WHERE: Central Area Senior Service Center located at 500 30th
Avenue South, Seattle


WHAT: It's Valentine's Day and several senior citizens at the
Central Area Senior Services Center will be in for a sweet
treat when two dozen little cupids stop by for a heart-felt
afternoon. In honor of this special day, a first-grade class
from Bailey Gatzert Elementary will join the seniors for a
festive Valentine's Day cookie decorating party. Complete with
frosting, sprinkles and candies, the kids will partner with
seniors to decorate several batches of cookies. In addition,
the kids and seniors will create Valentine's Day cards for one
another as a memento of the afternoon. There will also be a
variety of games to enjoy including a Valentine's Day candy
toss and pin the arrow on the heart. A group of Washington
Mutual CAN! (Committed Active Neighbors) will be on site to
help lead the activities.


WHO: Marcia Long, Washington Mutual Executive Vice President of
CAN! will be on site and available to answer any questions.

Bailey-Gatzert Elementary School strives to create an empowered learning community that provides academic excellence and recognizes the uniqueness of every student and their families. The school's dedicated staff meets the needs of individual students by recognizing each child's needs and giving them the appropriate academic challenges.

The Central Area Senior Center is a neighborhood activity and resource center that strives to provide quality services that supports the independence of seniors. The Central Area Senior Services Center is a place that welcomes people looking for new experiences as well as those who wish to simply refresh old ones, come together and share. The various mix of backgrounds and cultures makes for a diverse atmosphere full of vitality.

Washington Mutual's CAN! Program encourages employees to get involved in their communities by serving side-by-side with their co-workers on volunteer teams. Employees are eligible for up to four hours of paid time each month to do volunteer work. In 2001, CAN! members volunteered over 200,000 hours of service.

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CONTACT: Washington Mutual
Darcy Donahoe-Wilmot, 206/377-3635
or
425/444-2500 (mobile)