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Eight years ago I posted an article on this blog, To Russia with love, about that year’s fundraising efforts by Camp Siberia. Now known as Bainbridge Island/Kitezh, the organization is one of the island’s oldest cultural exchange and service organizations for teens. For over 15 years, it has been bringing Bainbridge Island teenagers to Russia to provide friendship and support to children who had been momhugorphaned and/or displaced as a result of social and economic upheaval following the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

Each year from in 1999 through 2011, Bainbridge high school students traveled to Russia to put on an American-style summer camp experience for orphans. In addition, Camp Siberia helped many of these orphans gain vocational and academic opportunities through a scholarship program. (Since 2011, Bainbridge Island/Kitezh has continued to provide cross-cultural friendships and exchanges with Russian orphans through an ongoing, local program in Kitezh).

This summer, Hannah Crichton and Kyle Scoble, two former Bainbridge High School students who participated in the Camp Siberia program in 2007, will return to Russia to find campers from their summer with Camp Siberia, and capture on film a window on their current lives.

As Hannah explains, “They are now all young adults, living in the real world, without financial support or education. Our short documentary will explore the paths these former campers have taken and update us on the day-to-day lives they currently live. Statistics are not in these kids’ favors – most Russian children who leave the orphanage system around age 16 end up on the streets, becoming involved in crime, committing suicide, or unemployed. The campers we are profiling are all making their own paths, and we can’t wait to see them again!”

Hannah and Kyle are raising money for the costs of this project through Indigogo. You can learn more about their project, budget and their qualifications at this link: Tiny.cc/russiansummer

Hannah says they’ve raised about $8000 toward their goal of $17,700, and they are grateful for all donations, large or small.

Send some love to this worthwhile project by donating! Posting the link to their Indigogo page on Facebook or Twitter would be really helpful too.  Tiny.cc/russiansummer





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A pile of dirt. Lumber. Bags of compost. Galvanized steel tubs. Nothing, really, but a hodge podge on a lawn.

_MG_0166But then, the trucks and cars arrive. High school students, retirees, moms with their kids, drill-wielding dads. A man in a wheelchair, another with a cane. Someone fires up a barbecue and turns on some music. It’s a party. Little kids play on the swings and supervise the grownups. Big kids haul dirt in wheelbarrows and hammer lumber to make raised beds. Men drill holes in the tubs, fill them with gravel, dirt and compost. In two hours, nothing really becomes something wonderful. The Island Terrace apartment complex has a community garden.

On Saturday, a dozen Bainbridge High School students from the amazing Camp Siberia program provided muscle, equipment and good humor. Other hardworking friends of the project included Debbi Lester and her father-in-law, Richard Vancil (husband of Councilor Debbie Vancil, who checked in on the work too), my husband Dan Mallove, Councilwoman and farmer extraordinaire Hilary Franz and her son Nathaniel. Island Terrace manager Renee’ Levesque organized the tenant-gardeners, who not only worked on the garden, but fed the crew a tasty barbecue potluck. A special shout-out to Helen Loleas who put together the potluck and rounded up donations from local businesses. There are pictures of the fun and a couple of Youtube videos (courtesy of Debbi Lester) after the jump.


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BHS juniors Simon Paterson and Jake Mallove received Honorable Mentions in Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre High School Musical Theatre Awards for their work in the high school’s spring musical, Anything Goes.

Paterson, who played the gangster Moonface Martin, received Honorable Mention in the category of “Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role.” Mallove, playing the alcoholic Elisha Whitney, was recognized for his “Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Featured Ensemble Role.” 

This is the first year BHS has entered the 5th Avenue awards competition, in which hundreds of Western Washington high school students participate. The recognition comes at the end of a rocky transitional year for the high school theatre program, following last year’s retirement of long-time theatre head, Bob McAllister.  (more…)

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