Tukwila’s volunteers deserve our thanks | Editor’s Note

Volunteers are the selfless among us who see a need to fill or answer a call to serve, without expecting anything in return.

Volunteers are the selfless among us who see a need to fill or answer a  call to serve, without expecting anything in return.

And, in Tukwila, there are plenty of selfless people.

In 2013 volunteers of all stripes in the city donated more than 10,065 hours to help others through their churches, their schools, their government and their businesses and community organizations.

Last week was National Volunteer Week, as proclaimed by Mayor Jim Haggerton, to recognize those volunteers who made such a difference in Tukwila.

This month’s cover story is about two “guardian angels,” two women who watch over a busy school bus stop on South 144th Street just west of Tukwila International Boulevard.

Ann Lemus, a mother, an aunt and a grandmother,  saw a need and acted. Dozens of grade schoolers waiting to board the bus to Cascade View Elementary School had little or no adult supervision. They were endangered by impatient drivers and by their propensity to act like, well, kids.

Lemus and her step-daughter Marie Lemus organized a system to line up the students that cut the time to load them in about half. And they’re there nearly every day, morning and afternoon, to help monitor behavior – and, as you’ll read, make sure they don’t go to school wet.

The Lemus team is unique and Ann and Marie deserve the thanks of all the adults who live in the nearby apartment complexes who have kids at that stop.

This is also a larger story of parental responsibility. Until your kids board a school bus after leaving home, you’re responsible for their safety.

The school district expects that the kids will show “classroom behavior” at the bus stop and on the bus. But that doesn’t always happen, so thanks to any adults who step up to keep our kids safe.


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