Valley Voices


Students Shine at Spring Fair

Forty three Yelm FFA members attended the Puyallup Spring Fair to provide public demonstrations. Using skills they have learned in their agricultural classes, students elevated their abilities to communicate, show personal responsibility and take on a challenge in a new arena. Developing work readiness skills one opportunity at a time. All students did a fantastic job and represented Yelm proudly.

Women in STEM

Alliance Enterprise, a leading tech company in the software field and headquartered in Dupont, hosted a Women in STEM event this week. Young ladies from Yelm were invited to learn about the tech related careers associated with the Software Development Life Cycle. The team focus with high levels of communication and interpersonal skills was a major focus. While the national average of Women in STEM is 26 percent, Alliance has a 50 percent staffing ratio. Thank you Sven Akerman and Lisa Gifford for hosting this terrific event.

Students Prepare for Job Fair

Ready to apply their skills, students prepared their employment portfolios for potential employers. Worksource of Thurston County hosted employers from various career pathways to include health care, office clerical, retail, customer service, agriculture, construction, finance and a variety of summer employment. Yelm students dressed to impress while exhibiting strong communication and listening skills.

If you have a summer job or internship opportunity, please contact Teri Pablo at 360-458-6543. Let’s connect students to careers.

Yelm FFA Plant Sale a Budding Success

More than 165 students provided sales, service and delivery of almost 300 purchases in the first five hours of the sale that opened last Wednesday. The amazing support of the local community provided students an opportunity to learn about business operations, importance of communication and value of hard work and commitment. As of Thursday evening, revenue neared $19,500 which will cover start-up costs for next year and support the multiple FFA events and activities for the members. Special appreciation to Hillary Hull who mentored the student leaders and Kathi Hicks, Bonnie Gerber and the other Ag teachers who came out to assist throughout the day.

‌In addition to the Greenhouse Operations class, the Home Shop students created yard art, planters and decorative signs to complement the flowers and vegetables. They also provide customer assistance and coordinated parking.

The newest aspect of the sale was the addition of “Tornado Joe’s.” DECA transported the coffee cart outside and provided coffee, tea and other beverages to customers. This endeavor provided exciting ideas for next year and how to expand student-based enterprise and demonstration of our student’s skills and abilities.


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