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Two Smart Students Awarded Swank Scholarship

Eileen Bassiri of Bishop Kelly High School (Boise) and Patrick Herring of Skyline High School (Idaho Falls) will each receive a $16,500 scholarship as part of the Micron Science and Technology Scholars program. Both high school seniors will be honored at an awards banquet with Micron CEO, Steve Appleton, and other company leaders. Bassiri will study mechanical engineering at Gonzaga University this fall and Herring plans to study physics at the California Institute of Technology. Their high schools will each receive an additional $1,000 grant for science and technology programs. A complete list of scholarship recipients is available at www.micron.com/scholars.

Fred Meyer Foundation Helps Meals on Wheels

Central District Health Department's Meals on Wheels program has received a community grant of $1,465 from the Fred Meyer Foundation. The money will be used to purchase food and arrange meal delivery for citizens 60 years of age and older living in Ada and Elmore counties. In 2003, Meals on Wheels delivered more than 130,000 meals. "Each meal costs approximately $5.50 to prepare and deliver, so this grant will enable us to provide an additional 266 meals," said Angela Spain, program manager for the CDHD Senior Health Services program. For more information about Meals On Wheels call 327-7460.

We've Got Spirit, Yes We Do!

Emily Terrell, a ninth grader at South Junior High School, Boise, was presented with an engraved bronze medallion to signify her selection as a Distinguished Finalist in the 2004 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program that honors outstanding youth volunteers. Emily helped to develop a summer "urban garden school" including planning the curriculum, preparing the site and recruiting and mentoring other young volunteers. Other honorees of The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards were Camille Schmidt of Pocatello and Jacqueline Sandmeyer of Boise. They were named the top two youth volunteers in Idaho. Both were honored at a ceremony at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., where they each received a $1,000 award.

Good Dog

Kristine Grant of Boise and her black Labrador retriever guide dog, Amira, graduated after a month of intensive training at Guide Dogs for the Blind, Inc. in San Rafael, California. Grant is a receptionist at the Idaho Commission for the Blind.

During the course of their training, Kristine and Amira learned to work as a team. They practiced safe travel techniques on stairways and elevators, on crowded sidewalks and across busy streets.

Guide Dogs for the Blind, Inc. has produced more than 10,000 trained guides for graduates across the United States and Canada since 1942. The organization is supported entirely by private donations. For more information, call (415) 499-4000.

I'm Lovin' It ... Toyota

Mallory Davis, a senior at Borah High School, was one of 100 high school seniors rewarded $1.12 million in college scholarships by Toyota Motor Sales, USA. The scholarships are valued at $20,000 or $10,000 each, over four years, for study at a four-year college or university starting in the fall of 2004. The winners, who make up the eighth class of Toyota Community Scholars, were chosen from nearly 10,000 students nationwide nominated by their schools. To be eligible, students must be proven leaders both in the classroom and in their communities.

Good Deeds highlights news about local nonprofit, civic and service organizations. Send info to Cynthia Sewell, Boise Weekly, 109 S. 4th, Boise 83702, fax to 342-4733 or e-mail to cynthia@boiseweekly.com.