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Wednesday, December 15, 2004 Mercer Island Reporter All ISLAND BRIEFS Contact Senor Services at 448- 5740, 1-800-282-5815, or apply online at www.seniorservices.org. Lacrosse team to pick Volunteer drivers urgently needed up Christmas trees Call 275-3725 to have your Senior Services Transportation Christmas tree picked up after Program does not have enough the holiday. Please leave your volunteer drivers to help all of name, address, telephone num- the seniors who need rides to ber, and the day you would like medical appointments, your tree picked up. Senior Services urgently needs Possible pick-up days this hol- volunteer drivers to keep up with iday season are Wednesday, Dec. the increasing demand for rides. 29; Saturday, Jan. l; Sunday, Jan. A very flexible program, volun- 2; Saturday, Jan. 8; or Sunday, teers use their own vehicles and Jan. 9. choose which weekdays and Leave your tree outside the where they wish to drive. We pro- morning of your requested pick- vide mileage and parking reim- up with a donation attached to bursement, and supplemental li- the base of the tree in a Ziploc ability insurance. Drivers must bag. Checks should be made be at least 25 years old, hold a payable to the Mercer Island valid drivers license, and have Lacrosse Club. No tinsel or flock- no at-fault accidents within the ing, please. past three years. News tips? Call 232-1215 or e-mail news.tips @ mi-reporter.com Book for teens Continued from A1 She wrote adventure stories about herself and a childhood friend "We had to rent a television named Clarice. up there to watch it," she re- So what is it about Mars? membered. "We saw it on "It is the next frontier waiting Canadian television." to be explored," she explained. The teacher worked for six "We can do it. It is possible. The years at the Challenger exhibit at science is there." the Museum of Flight when she re- The 18-month process of writ- turned to teaching after her three ing and editing the book will also children were nearly grown. She . become a lesson for students. helped develop a Web site for A fellow teacher, Diana Low, NASA called "Live from Earth." helped edit the book. She and She has won several awards for her Ritchie read it out loud to the stu- teaching including earning a stint dents in their classrooms last year, at the Massachusetts Institute of taking out the religious refer- Technology. Her classroom at ences. Island Park is full of science proj- "The boys really got into it," ects designed to teach and inspire. Ritchie said. "They wanted to She was careful that the sci- know what happened to the two ence in the book was authentic. A characters who were interested professor of astronomy from the in one another." University of Washington re- The teacher had the fifth- viewed the book for scientific graders critique the book by writ- content. She relied also on what ing her anonymous comments. she gleaned from a book by Robert The teacher took those to heart. Zubrin called "The Case for Mars." "I told them I just didn't want Ritchie said she likes to write them to say nice stuff because I and did so sporadically as a child, was their teacher," she said. "But SPECIALIZING IN QUALITY+ DENTAL CARE FOR INFANTS, CHILDREN & ADOLESCENTS Fun and exciting kid-friendly enwronment,and canng staff Utilizing digital x-ray hnol to they really loved it." The book should be out by MIT has already ordered sev- Christmas and is available now eral copies of the book and will by ordering from Barnes and give them as awards to young stu- Noble, Amazon.corn or Tate dents, she said. Publishing. NORTHWEST TERRITORIAL MINT Buy and Sell All Forms of Investment Metal 1307 West Valley Hwy N. Ste 101 Auburn, WA 98001 www.nwtmint.com Great Stocking Stuffer Idea Fun Affordable Convenient iii Twice selected as one of the Top- I 0 Schools in America Program includes 7 Saturdays at Summit Central Starting ]anuary 8th Chartered Luxury Tour buses to the mountain - only 45 minutes away! New and Improved Terrain Park at Summit Central ig Optional lessons for Skiers & Boarders of all ages FOR MORE INFO TION, OR FOR AN APPLICATION, CALL 425-868-3820, VISIT US AT www.skimohan.com, OR EMAIL US AT SNOQUALMIE@SKIMOHAN.COM.BUS ES LOAD AT 8:30 AM, MORNINGS AT MERCER ISLAND HALL Best Big Home Sites in King County Choose from over 20 sites in the best locations in King County ranging from 3 to 10 acres. Then, build the home of your dreams with John Day Homes. Choose from four distinctive architectural styles Know final building costs before construction begins Schedules defined up front Walk your home before it is built. We've built these plans numerous times. Feel the craftsmanship before you buy. JOHN DAY HOMES Contact George Orren at 425.466.5600 jday@johndayhomes.com