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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 25, 2013 n DAILY UPDATES AT WWW.VALLEYRECORD.COM n 75 CENTS

Fast-moving 12-year-old takes national running title Page 8

The sparkle effect Everybody learns in first-ever Mount Si developmental cheer partnership

King County will return former golf course to farming

BY SETH TRUSCOTT Editor

BY CAROL LADWIG Staff Reporter

A proposed 18-home development near Fall City was stopped recently, by the sale of the 191-acre site. King County recently purchased the former Tall Chiefs Golf Course, and intends to restore much of the land to the county’s Agricultural Production District.

HOLIDAYS

SEE TRADE, 3

North Bend girl is a force for giving in Operation Christmas Child Page 2

INDEX

School contract talks still stuck By Valley Record Staff

Opinion 4 5 Puzzles 5 Obituaries 7 Health 9 Notables On the Scanner 10

Vol. 100, No. 31

As schools close down for the holidays, two groups of employees in the Snoqualmie Valley School District are still at work under the terms of expired contracts. Both the Public School Employees (PSE) and the Snoqualmie Valley Administrative Secretaries Association (SVASA) unions have been in negotiations with the district bargaining team off and on since last spring.

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Partners on the Mount Si Sparkle Effect team, cheerleaders Avery Dahline, Amanda Antoch and Hailey Weed support Eve Clemens as she learns to be a flyer in a human pyramid. In its first year at Mount Si High School, the Sparkle Effect mixes children with developmental disabilities with a group of committed cheerleaders, as a competitive cheer squad where every participant discovers something new.

SEE CONTRACT, 6

“Mac!” calls Kaitlyn Rogers. “You did a good job today,” the Mount Si freshman tells her cheer teammate. Mac responds with a smile, and a thumbs’ up sign. As she speaks, Rogers is also communicating with the gestures of American Sign Language. Her sign language textbook sits on the table nearby. “I’m a visual learner,” says Rogers. Mac, 16, has global development delay, and doesn’t speak. “If he can see a connection with hand motions and what I’m saying, it’ll better connect, and get the point across.” There is learning happening for everybody in this room. Today, just like every Tuesday evening, is cheer practice for Mount Si’s Sparkle Effect team. Newly formed at the start of this school year, Sparkle Effect mixes young people with developmental disabilities with typical cheerleaders. Except, the case could be made that nobody’s typical in this room, and that some exceptional things are happening. Take Rogers. She wasn’t asked to learn sign language. “I’m doing it because I love to learn,” she said. She sees the benefits in learning to work with other people who aren’t exactly like her.

What is Sparkle? Snoqualmie resident Marci Nicholson is the advisor for this new program, sharing coaching duties with her sister, Mount Si head cheer coach Jessii Stevens. SEE SPARKLE, 3

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Snoqualmie Valley Record, December 25, 2013