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Peninsula School District tells students to put away their cell phones

Jul 31, 2023 | By:

Heads up, students. When you get back to school on Sept. 5, plan to tuck that cell phone away, take those air buds out of your ears and stash your headphones. Peninsula School District has enacted a ban on cell phone use at school except during lunch. All social media apps will be blocked on

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Rotary of Gig Harbor seeking potential exchange students

Jul 28, 2023 | By: Cindy Reed

Editor’s note: The Rotary Club of Gig Harbor wrote this article and submitted it for publication. The Rotary Club of Gig Harbor is looking for parents who feel they have raised exceptional young people who are destined for great futures — and for young people looking for ways to leverage their learning experiences by going

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‘Operation Doors’ at Discovery Elementary has begun, addressing school safety concerns

Jul 13, 2023 | By:

Peninsula School District intends to install interior doors on the open-concept school by the first day of classes on Sept. 5.

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Homeless students lose resources during summer break. Who’s filling the gap?

Jul 10, 2023 | By:

When summer break comes, the connection with schools is disrupted, leaving homeless students potentially adrift, but the district and other organizations help with such things as food and transportation.

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Jennifer Chushcoff: Hidden deserts in our midst

Jul 05, 2023 | By:

If you spend more time maintaining your lawn than enjoying it, it’s time to consider your alternatives. Removing a lawn, or at least a portion, is good for the planet and for you. Looking out the window, those lush lawns seem pretty harmless. That’s only because a glance doesn’t reveal the truth. A lawn is

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Two in Tow & On the Go: Library offers prizes for summer readers

Jun 30, 2023 | By:

The Pierce County Library Summer Reading Program is back, running now through Aug. 31. Read, track your progress, and score cool prizes. This local program is a family favorite of ours. Here’s why!

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It’s a small world: Gig Harbor alums meet at Airborne training in Georgia

Jun 28, 2023 | By:

Two Gig Harbor High School alumni earned their Army Airborne wings on June 23, 2023, at Fort Moore (formerly known as Fort Benning) in Columbus, Georgia. Ethan Baker, a 2020 Gig Harbor grad and a rising senior in the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Gonzaga University, and Zach Standifer, a ’21 Gig Harbor grad

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Rotary Clubs bestow leadership awards on nine local students

Jun 27, 2023 | By:

Nine students from Gig Harbor and Henderson Bay high schools earned Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) from the Rotary Clubs of Gig Harbor Midday and Rotary North this month. The award recognizes students who are community and school leaders, as seen in their dedication to community service. Local students earning the honor include Cassius Via,

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Captain SeaHawk obliterates graduating seniors’ lunch debt at Peninsula High

Jun 26, 2023 | By:

Captain SeaHawk strikes again. In his quest to aid graduating seniors at Peninsula High School, Wallace Watts of Gig Harbor — known as Captain SeaHawk for his over-the-top fan persona — raised more than $3,000 earlier this month to obliterate lunch debt for the Class of 2023. Seniors must pay all fines and fees to

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More Peninsula students earn varsity community service letters than ever before

Jun 26, 2023 | By:

A record number of high school students in the Peninsula School District earned varsity letters in community service this school year. Sixty-four students spent a minimum of 100 hours helping others in various ways throughout the county. In years past, the requirement for receiving a varsity letter was 145 hours per school year. But, after

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