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Kathy Bennett has been driving a Coupeville school bus like this one for almost four decades. (Photo courtesy Brad Sherman)

Give back a little to someone who’s given a lot.

Kathy Bennett, who was always really nice to me when she and her family came by Videoville, has been driving a Coupeville school bus for 35+ years.

At this point, some of her current passengers are grandkids of students who once rode her bus.

With the COVID-19 pandemic having shut down most in-person schooling, a lot of bus drivers have been sidelined, however.

As we approach the holiday season, Bennett’s family is reaching out to Wolf Nation, asking students past and present to send their mom a Christmas card.

If you include a sentence or two telling her a happy memory from your school days, or something good which has happened to you this year, even better.

Cards can be sent to the family homestead since 1977:

Kathy Bennett
3333 Day Road
Greenbank, WA 98253

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Tia Wurzrainer and other CHS athletes are organizing a toy drive for children in need. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

You can brighten a child’s life.

Coupeville High School’s Captain’s Panel, a group of Wolf athletes, is working with the middle and high school ASB groups to run a toy drive through Dec. 13.

New, boxed/packaged toys can be dropped off either at the CHS and CMS offices, or at any home basketball games over the next week.

Those games include:

Sat-Dec. 7 — CHS girls/boys, varsity/JV, vs. Orcas Island (3:30)
Wed-Dec. 11 — CMS boys vs. Sultan (3:15)
Thur-Dec. 12 — CHS C-Team boys vs. Squalicum (6:00)
Fri-Dec. 13 — CHS girls/boys, varsity/JV, vs. Concrete (5:15)

The drive is being run in conjunction with the Readiness to Learn Foundation, Toys for Tots, and other community organizations.

The intent is to help provide toys and financial assistance to those in need on Whidbey Island, while helping Wolf athletes demonstrate service to the community.

The Captain’s Panel is comprised of sophomore through senior CHS athletes, who have been selected by their coaches as leaders, people of character, and highly motivated student/athletes.

Prior to the toy drive, these Wolves also ran sports clinics for Coupeville Elementary School students.

The captains have planned, coordinated, and organized the drive, working with both schools to promote and educate other students to the cause.

If you donate a toy, either at the school offices (501 S. Main Street), or at basketball games, you’ll receive a candy cane, plus a warm glow in your chest.

Or, if you can’t be there in person, monetary donations can be sent to:

Holiday House
PO Box 280
Langley WA 98260

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Kiara Burdge, seen in her Coupeville cheer days, is now appearing in a national ad. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

All the commercial spots will be ours. Soon. Very soon.

Following in the (large) footsteps of Coupeville alumni Will Butela and Mike Duke, among others, former Wolf cheerleader and track star Kiara Burdge is currently tearing up the internet for Jane.com, a national site offering daily boutique deals.

You can see the entire two minute and 19 second ad, or if you’re just here for the Coupeville connection, pop over right to the 1:18 mark.

That’s where Burdge makes her debut as “Sharon,” with her first dialogue coming at the 1:28 mark.


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"Psst, Amazon Smile ... check it out." (John Fisken photo)

“Psst, Amazon Smile … check it out.” (John Fisken photo)

Your finger has the power.

With one simple click this holiday season, you can help support the Coupeville Booster Club and Wolf athletics.

The Booster Club has linked up with Amazon to take part in the company’s Smile program, which kicks 0.5% of eligible sales to the charity of your choice.

How to take part? It’s simple.

When you go to place an order through Amazon, shop at https://smile.amazon.com/, making sure to choose the Coupeville Booster Club as the charity you support.

The first time you do this, it’s important to check, as you’ll often be defaulted to another charity. Once you’ve tabbed the Wolves, you’re golden for future visits.

If you have an existing account/Amazon Prime, it won’t change how you log in, other than you ALWAYS start from the Amazon Smile page.

Go about your normal business, and a percentage of the profits gets kicked back to Coupeville, as easy as that.

With the holiday gift-giving season in full swing, you can stock up, dodge trips to the mainland and support local athletes, all with a simple click of the finger.

Have questions? Let’s let Amazon do the heavy lifting for me:


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Deb Smith, seen here with son Jacob at the state track meet last spring, is leading a drive to help Coupeville's homeless.

   Deb Smith, seen here with son Jacob at the state track meet last spring, is leading a drive to help Coupeville’s homeless.

Deb Smith spends a lot of time outside running.

Now the fitness enthusiast and Wolf mom is racing to lead an effort to help provide for homeless in Coupeville this holiday season.

She’s hoping to collect:

Socks and gloves
Hats and beanies
Sleeping bags
Wool blankets
Hygiene items
Non-Perishable food items
Gift cards (food or coffee)

Smith would like to pull everything together by Dec. 18, and she plans to supplement everything with home-baked cookies as well.

For more info or to donate, call or text Smith at (360) 731-7619.

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