Notable neighbors: News of note about your friends and neighbors in the Treasure Valley

July 16, 2013 

Brett Wilder was awarded a $250 scholarship to the University of Idaho by D.L. Evans Bank.

Wilder, a 2013 graduating senior of Meridian High School, has demonstrated academic excellence and community service, and had additional outstanding contributions to his school as well as the Idaho Future Farmers of America (FFA). He's the son of Steve and Laura Wilder.

Every year, D.L. Evans Bank awards eight scholarships to each of the following colleges and universities: Idaho State University, Boise State University, College of Idaho, College of Southern Idaho, University of Idaho and College of Western Idaho.

The Garden City Library Foundation has received a grant of $3,500 from the Allen Foundation Inc. to be used exclusively for Bells for Books, a mobile literacy program.

The library has presented more than 850 programs to more than 31,000 children and adults and offers a variety of programs such as Bells for Books, chess, summer reading, teen reading week, Books and Brushes and Day of the Child/Pirate and Princess. These programs promote literacy and stimulate intellectual development.

The Bells for Books program serves low-income and non-English-speaking patrons, users who cannot easily access the Garden City Library. In 2012 the program served 4,969 children and 690 adults. It also serves as a traveling library for the Learning Lab, Head Start, Kids Kampus and Anser Charter School.

With the Allen Foundation's generous grant, the Garden City Library will continue to promote the library for the families of the community.

Lauren Smyser, Byce Shaw, Alex Martin, Audrey Nolan, Kayla Cocozzo, Kelsey Dempsey, Malori Basye, Mackenzie Roan, Karoline Woodhead, Kati Durkin, Julia Hobson and Abigail Neef are the newest local area members of The Idaho Meth Project Teen Advisory Council for the 2013-2014 school year. The council assists the project in its statewide community outreach program, and members also provide a teen perspective on the prevention campaign's strategies and messages.

The Teen Advisory Council is composed of high school students from across the state who were selected through a competitive application process. Council members participate in school presentations, volunteer at community events throughout Idaho, reach out to friends and families and engage peers online via social media and provides an engaging and exciting forum to collaborate with peers, earn community service experience and help create unique events that promote meth prevention messages.

An event to welcome the new members of the Idaho Meth Project Teen Advisory Council was held in Boise in June. Council members heard from several guest speakers, including former Boise news anchor Claudia Weatherman, who briefed the teens on how to work with the news media, and Jason Hausske, the founder and CEO of One4All, who led a collaborative discussion on how to utilize social media to raise awareness. Advisory Council members also began planning community and social media activities for National Meth Awareness Day on Nov. 30.

Smyser is in the 11th grade at Parma High School; Shaw is in the 10th grade at New Plymouth High School; Martin is in 12th grade at Bishop Kelly High School, Boise; Nolan, is in 11th grade at Bishop Kelly; Cocozzo is in 11th grade at Capital High School, Boise; Dempsey is in 11th grade at Capital; Basye is in 10th grade at Capital; Roan is in 11th grade at Riverstone International, Boise; Woodhead is in 11th grade at Riverstone International; Durkin is in 11th grade at Boise High School; Hobson is in 11th grade at Meridian High School; and Neef is in 11th grade at Mountain View High School, Meridian.

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