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Published: Friday, September 20, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Glacier Peak, Snohomish students unite to aid Kenyan village

  • Jessica Miller (left) and Dakota McFarlin invite passersby to donate a dollar during the "Paws for a Cause" fundraiser organized by Snohomis...

    Samuel Wilson / The Herald

    Jessica Miller (left) and Dakota McFarlin invite passersby to donate a dollar during the "Paws for a Cause" fundraiser organized by Snohomish and Glacier Peak students before the schools' football teams faced off Friday at Snohomish Veterans Memorial Stadium.

  • Paper paws and claws with donor's names hang on a chain link fence during the "Paws for a Cause" fundraiser organized by Snohomish and Glaci...

    Samuel Wilson / The Herald

    Paper paws and claws with donor's names hang on a chain link fence during the "Paws for a Cause" fundraiser organized by Snohomish and Glacier Peak students.

  • Niko Gavino, a student at Glacier Peak, writes his name on a paper paw during the "Paws for a Cause" fundraiser organized by Snohomish and G...

    Samuel Wilson / The Herald

    Niko Gavino, a student at Glacier Peak, writes his name on a paper paw during the "Paws for a Cause" fundraiser organized by Snohomish and Glacier Peak students.

  • Tucker Brigham hangs a paper paw ona chainlink fence during the "Paws for a Cause" fundraiser for a village in Kenya that was organized by S...

    Samuel Wilson / The Herald

    Tucker Brigham hangs a paper paw ona chainlink fence during the "Paws for a Cause" fundraiser for a village in Kenya that was organized by Snohomish and Glacier Peak students.

  • Spectators walk past paper cutouts of paws and claws hanging on a fence during the "Paws for a Cause" fundraiser organized by Snohomish and ...

    Samuel Wilson / The Herald

    Spectators walk past paper cutouts of paws and claws hanging on a fence during the "Paws for a Cause" fundraiser organized by Snohomish and Glacier Peak student bodies before the two schools' football teams faced off Friday at Snohomish Veterans Memorial Stadium.

  • Dakota McFarlin writes a donor's name on a paper cutout during the "Paws for a Cause" fundraiser.

    Samuel Wilson / The Herald

    Dakota McFarlin writes a donor's name on a paper cutout during the "Paws for a Cause" fundraiser.

SNOHOMISH -- Before the cross-town rivals fought it out on the field, students from Snohomish and Glacier Peak high schools harnessed their competitive spirit to generate some good.
The two school's associated student bodies sold cutouts of paw prints -- red for the Panthers or blue for the Grizzlies -- to fans in a packed Veteran's Memorial Stadium during Friday night's pregame.
They raised $395 to support a village in Kenya.
"The kids really embraced the opportunity to collaborate," said Teri Corwin, associated student body adviser at Glacier Peak.
"A lot of the kids grew up together and there's still that joy in seeing an old friend."
Despite a rivalry in the cross-town athletic departments, students have worked together since Glacier Peak opened in 2008. They call their efforts "Red, White and Blue" events -- a mixture of the school's colors.
"Both of our schools are very service-oriented," Corwin said. "We believe that serving others is a critical component of being a good leader and will continue to look at ways to serve local and global causes."
Girls soccer teams from the two schools did that on their own, according to Snohomish football coach and associated student body adviser Vince Ivelia.
Before Tuesday's match, the girls asked fans through social media to bring in bags of Skittles -- red for Snohomish or blue for Glacier Peak -- to support the schools.
The treats were donated to the Snohomish Boys & Girls Club.
"We have a friendly rivalry, but we can get together to help out and the kids really embrace it," Ivelia said. "It's worked out great for the community."
The money will benefit the Kenyan village through Free the Children, an organization that works to provide resources for education, health care, alternative income, food security and clean water.
Students are still deciding what to do with the 395 paw prints that were hung on the fence during Friday's game, but they are considering bringing them out for Veterans Day.
Ashley Stewart: 425-339-3037; astewart@heraldnet.com.

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