Highline Kiwanis Breakfast Will Kick Off Strawberry Fest

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The Highline Kiwanis Club will kick off this weekend’s Strawberry & Arts Festival with their annual Pancake Breakfast this Saturday, June 20th. Cost of the breakfast is a donation of $5. Kids age five and under eat free.

The fundraising pancake feed, which includes Black Forest ham, strawberries, coffee and orange juice, is from 8am to 11am at the Burien Fire Station, located at 15100 8th Ave SW.

All proceeds will go to the Kiwanis’ Camp Schoenwald, which is maintained through their fundraisers and concession sales.

Since 1952, thousands of young people have enjoy outdoor discovery every year at Camp Schoenwald, a secluded 10-acre wooded facility owned by the Highline Kiwanis just east of Sylvester Junior High School.

The grounds include trails, a lodge for indoor activities and sleeping quarters, a big tepee with a huge fireplace, and an amphitheater that serve Boy and Girl Scouts, Campfire Girls and many other youth organizations. It is open for both day camps and overnight camping to these groups under adult supervision on a first-come, first-served basis – always free for all.

Local Kiwanis members are proud of the fact that they help young people – especially those who are disadvantaged – experience the outdoors without charging a penny. For many boys and girls who come here, this is their first experience in the outdoor world.

But while Highline Kiwanis continue to welcome young people to this camp, they are undertaking a building project with volunteer labor to replace the north caretaker’s home that was destroyed in a March 2008 fire.

The foundation has been built. Now they hope to have the cabin’s walls and roof in place before a new rainy season begins this fall. The interior of the two-bedroom building with a spacious living room, a small deck and a carport will be completed as fundraising permits, in addition to regular maintenance of the camp.

Every member of the Highline Kiwanis is taking part in building the new caretaker’s cabin. They are:

  • Brad Ausen
  • Tim Bovey
  • John Ester
  • Glenda Ester
  • John Gaston, president
  • Sue Her
  • Pheng Her
  • Ly Ho
  • Jim Jennings
  • Chuck Johnson
  • Ken Kerr
  • Jim Louvier
  • Tom Munslow
  • Jan Noorda
  • Richard Schroeter
  • Karol Stephans
  • Dick Thompson
  • Leif Vieweg
  • Frank Weise, vice president
  • Bruce Weise

To find out how you can help the Highline Kiwanis rebuild, please contact John Gaston at [email protected].

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