Windsor Square feeds firefighters

Windsor Square’s first firefighters breakfast on Oct. 30 had a slightly lighter attendance than Windsor Square Activity Director Heidi Fisher had hoped for, and she worked to attract more participation in their first auction for the Marysville School District Benevolent Program.

“Firefighters get called out here often, so we wanted to say thank you to their paramedics and EMTs for rescuing us all the time,” said Fisher, who explained that the breakfast was free for firefighters and Windsor Square’s senior residents, but was also open to the public for a $5-per-person fee, which will go to the Marysville Fire District Foundation.

“We always appreciate when community members recognize our firefighters,” Marysville Fire District Public Education Specialist and Public Information Officer Kristen Thorstenson said. “It’s nice when firefighters can spend time with folks in situations that aren’t emergencies.”

Of the breakfast’s nearly 70 attendees, Fisher estimated that less than 20 were non-residents. She had sent e-mails, posted a notice on the Greater Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce Web site, and even invited people face-to-face, so she looks forward to seeing that attendance number grow next year.

Fisher also plans to turn the auction on behalf of the school district’s low-income and homeless children into an annual event. The silent auction took place in the lobby of Windsor Square and ran from Nov. 2-7.

MSD Director of Categorical Programs Heidi Johnsen explained that the district currently serves nearly 4,300 low-income students and more than 180 homeless students. Their needs include fuel cards so that students can attend extra curricular activities, hygiene items for teen girls, underwear and socks, gift cards for shoes, school supplies and backpacks, assistance in paying for ASB cards, school annuals and school pictures, and fee coverage for school textbooks lost or damaged by homeless students due to their frequent moves.

Windsor Square is located at 9912 48th Dr. NE and can be reached by phone at 360-653-1717.

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