Nine year-old Liam Juassi, whose grandmother, Laureen Jaussi and great grandmother Laurice Richardson attended Wahkiakum, will be speaking to the students. He is also a featured patient in a Doernbecher promotional video.
“We are so excited about Liam,” said Delaney Doumit, president of the Key Club. “He and his family are coming early for a tour of the town and the school. We met him two years ago at a Doernbecher ceremony to thank all the schools for raising money for the hospital.”
The Key Club has been planning this event since January with board meetings on Sundays and Key Club meetings on Friday.
“This is all student led,” according to Joyce Wilson, an advisor for the Key Club. “Jeff (Rooklidge) and I are letting them learn how to put a fundraiser together. We are just there for guidance.”
“There are currently about 20 students in the Key Club,” Doumit said. “We don’t have as big of an active membership as last year, so we really want to get the word out. We want to raise a lot of money for the hospital.
“We raised $7,800 last year. I would like to beat that,” she said.
The Doernbecher Court will be announced at the assembly on Friday. The court is comprised of a boy and a girl from each class who will spend the next week, March 17-21, competing to raise the most money and win the title of King and Queen.
At the grade school, classes will be competing in a Penny War all that same week. On Wednesday, root beer floats will be sold during lunchtime. That evening at 6 p.m., there will be a Movie Night at the high school. They will be showing Frozen and tickets are $1 per person or $5 for a family.
On Saturday, March 22, they will wrap up the week with a 25 table Bunco Party at 5 p.m. followed by an all boys Mr. WaKiHi Pageant at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for Bunco are a $10 donation and tickets for the pageant are a $5 donation.
Seven young men have signed up to compete for Mr. WaKiHi this year. They are Kyou Heon Kim, Trystan Mendez, Hsuan-Wei Huang, Jack Leavitt, Ryan Quigley, Nick Deal and Dew Noppawat.
One can pick up tickets at Kullerful Bokuets and Koffee Kafe and the high school, or contact students Whitney Kuller, Kennedi LaBerge, Sydney Hansen, Delaney Doumit or Peyton Souvenir for tickets as well.