Well saying thanks and so long to this year’s crop of students who have been a part of the store is certainly bittersweet. Yes, my baby Katie is graduating!
First let me thank two others who have volunteered (or been conscripted) with such enthusiasm for special events. We are sure going to miss Katrina Biehl and Joe Morgan!
Joe, an avid hunter and hiker I gather, and also a phenomenal photographer, is off to study at the University of Idaho next fall. He makes a great pirate, so I’m sure becoming a Vandal won’t be too hard! After getting to know him as Katie’s friend and classmate, I had to laugh to find out I’ve known his grandma since buying the store! Good luck and thanks Joe.
Katrina, also an avid hunter and adventurer, is headed to University of Nevada Reno. She has been a big part of the past four years in our house, and clearly made her share of party crews! We appreciate your cheerful help and sense of humor Katrina. Don’t be a stranger, and best of luck to you!
And our Katie….what can I say? We bought East Side Books when she was seven, so she has grown up with and in the store. She’s read through more than one shelf, and been a part of every event and party as well as moving to the new digs. It hasn’t always been her favorite activity, but she is used to being part of our family businesses and knows how much we rely on her and her brothers. As trade off, she always had plenty to read, gets to taste test the ice cream, and she’s a great tractor driver! Yes we will miss her next year in so many ways!
Katie is headed to Washington State University to study Organic Agriculture Systems and Basic Medical Science. She is interested in studying how food is grown affects health, and possibly watching some fun Pac 12 football games. Congratulations Katie!
Which brings to mind another matter, I am going to be short of party help in the near future…if you know young people who might be interested, please let me know! Since the parties are free community literacy events open to the public, they have successfully been used as community service hours when needed.