Briefs

Published on Thu, Mar 1, 2007
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Briefs

Want to foster literacy? Spell “triskaidekaphobiacs”
The Whatcom Literacy Council’s 11th annual Trivia Bee for Literacy silent auction is scheduled for Friday, April 13.

Participants will be invited to match wits with special guest player Ken Jennings of Jeopardy while dozens of teams compete to win the “Golden Bee,” a perpetual trophy and “year-long bragging right.” Last year, the Heavy Culture Reading Group took home the trophy.

All proceeds go to support the Whatcom Literacy Council’s effort to provide tutoring to adults in Whatcom County. The deadline for team registration is March 10.

For more information, call 647-3264 or visit www.whatcomliteracy.org.

Hospital offers free colon cancer testing kits
St. Joseph hospital’s cancer center will be coordinating a free colorectal cancer home-testing kit distribution next month beginning March 5.

The blood stool tests and informational brochures will be available at most local pharmacies, senior activity centers and the St. Joseph cancer center.

Completed tests will be returned to the cancer center for analysis and results will be mailed to participants.

Colorectal cancer is the second most common cancer resulting in death in the United States and ranks sixth highest in incidence in Whatcom County. Use of home testing kits have proven to reduce the mortality rate of colon cancer by 30 percent, hospital officials said.
For more information, call 738-6706.

Start preschool immunization now
The Blaine primary school has scheduled its kindergarten registration from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 29, at the Blaine primary school’s multipurpose room.

Children ages six years and older are eligible to enroll in kindergarten for the 2007-2008 school year if they will be turning age 5 on or before August 31, 2007.

A school nurse and both secretaries will be available all day to answer registration and health questions.

Parents should bring a copy of their child’s birth certificate, updated immunization records and a social security card. Updated vaccinations are required before the primary office can accept registration packets.

If a child’s immunizations are not current by March 29, registration packets are available and should be returned when the immunizations are complete. Blaine schools also require children to have their “Well Child” examination by a physician before the first day of school, although a 30-day grace period is allowed to obtain the exam.