Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - May 31, 2013

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District Stories
 School Board meeting Tuesday, June 4
School Board meeting Tuesday, June 4

- 6:30 p.m.

- District Office (364 S. Park St.)

- Meeting open to the public

 District to honor 2013 Graduates of Distinction recipients
Walla Walla Public Schools names this year’s honorees for the Graduates of Distinction program. They are: Carol Minnick Santa, Ph.D., Class of 1962; Daniel J. Reid, Class of 1974; and Craig Nelson, Class of 1981.

These individuals have distinguished themselves in their communities, professions, or careers and continue to bring honor to the district. Celebrate alongside these distinguished alumni at a reception in their honor on Tuesday, June 4 (details listed below). Listen to their stories and hear who helped shape their lives during their school years.


Date: Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Time: 5:30 to 6:15 p.m.

Place: Walla Walla School District Board Room


Carol Minnick Santa, Ph.D.

Carol is currently Educational Director and owner of Montana Academy which provides education and support for troubled youth. She also created Project CRISS (Creating Independence through Student-owned Strategies). Her nominator was classmate Judy Chamberlain Holloway. Her most inspirational staff members were Donald Kamp (Math), Robert Schweger (Drama) and Elizabeth Kirkman (Latin/Grammar).

Daniel J. Reid

Dan has worked for Opp & Seibold General Construction Inc. in Walla Walla for 22 years and currently is the General Manager. He has been very involved in local civic, athletic and non-profit organizations from 1991 to the present. His nominator was his sister-in-law Hali R. Myers. Dan’s most inspirational staff member was his high school English/Literature teacher Richard "Dick" Poole.

Craig Nelson

Craig and his brother Reid are Co-Presidents of Nelson Irrigation Corporation in Walla Walla. He has been very involved in local athletic and non-profit organizations, and he spearheaded a campaign in 2004 to renovate the Garrison Middle School track. His nominators were his wife, Mindy, and children: Luke, Bailey and Madison Nelson. Craig’s most inspirational staff members were wrestling coach/ math teacher Al Sievertsen and track coach/math teacher Ron Huntington.

 District partners with WSU for telephone survey on Wa-Hi facility
Walla Walla Public Schools is partnering with the Washington State University Social and Economic Sciences Research Center to conduct a telephone survey to determine opinions about facility improvement priorities for Walla Walla High School. WSU representatives will begin making calls June 3 and conclude their work by mid-June.

This third-party telephone survey is estimated to take eight to 10 minutes per call to complete. WSU will sample 5000 households with a goal of 300 completed surveys. The district will publish the final results from this scientific survey model.

"During our two public meeting this spring, we were encouraged to ask more questions and listen to the community," said Superintendent Mick Miller. "When you see WSU come across on your caller ID, we hope you will answer the phone and respond to the survey. We have a 50-year-old high school in need of modernization. The school board and the district need community feedback as to how the district should move forward."

A bond proposal to modernize Walla Walla High School was rejected by voters in February. No decisions for a future Walla Walla High School bond have been determined.

 Last Day of School Thursday, June 13
Students at all schools will be released on the early dismissal schedule Thursday, June 13. The first day of school for the 2013-14 school year is Tuesday, Sept. 3. Check with your school to learn about summer programs.
 School End-of-Year Celebrations
 - Lincoln High School Graduation: Thursday, June 6 @ 6 p.m. - WW Fairgrounds

- Walla Walla High School Commencement: Friday, June 7 @ 7 p.m. - Wa-Hi Commons area (gym if raining)

- Pioneer Middle School 8th Grade Recognition: Tuesday, June 11 @ 7 p.m. - Wa-Hi Gym

- Homelink 8th Grade Graduation: Tuesday, June 11 @ 6:30 p.m. - Wa-Hi Auditorium

- Garrison Middle School 8th Grade Recognition: Wednesday, June 12 @ 7 p.m. - Wa-Hi Gym

 Transportation Cooperative saves taxpayer dollars - By Steve Olson, Transportation Director
It’s been my privilege to direct The Southeast Washington Transportation Cooperative since we opened for business three years ago. The cooperative saves taxpayers’ money, improves school bus safety and extends school bus life. This partnership offers member school districts Walla Walla Public Schools, Prescott, and Dixie discounted school bus maintenance and repair service. We also provide school bus inspection support, bus driver professional development, school bus preventative maintenance and record keeping services.

We now have data to show how taxpayers are reaping the benefits of this cooperative. Our shop rates for partner districts are $45 per hour. The average vendor shop rate is $90 to $105 per hour. We buy our diesel fuel in bulk at nearly 20 cents less per gallon than retail. This saves taxpayers on average nearly $10,000 per year in fuel costs. We use a variety of oil filters and our costs average 60 to 80 percent below retail prices. We see the same range of savings for fuel and air filters. We purchase coolant for 90 percent below retail costs. These numbers add up quickly.

We appreciate the support from the community for this cooperative, especially in a time of economic uncertainty. This project was built with state matching dollars and helped stimulate the local economy as more than 11 local construction firms were employed as subcontractors.

Our kids are safer and our operations are more efficient as a result of this cooperative. We are located at 1162 Entley Street across the street from Koncrete Industries. We welcome you to stop by to tour the facility and see how your community investment is paying off. Thank you Walla Walla taxpayers!

 Police conduct back seat law emphasis checks
Law enforcement officers are conducting back seat emphasis patrols near schools. They are looking for children under 13 years of age who are riding in the front seat if a back seat position is available. Please pay attention to this law to avoid a ticket.

The law on this is referenced in RCW

46.61.687subsection 1c:- (c) The driver of a vehicle transporting a child who is under thirteen years old shall transport the child in the back seat positions in the vehicle where it is practical to do so.

- As written by the Washington State Legislature, you can seat children over 8 years old secured in a properly adjusted safety belt in the front seat if there is no other practical place for them to sit.

- If a child must ride in the front, move the seat as far back as possible, to be away from the air bag and take extra care to make sure the child is buckled up properly.

For more information, contact the City of Walla Walla Police Department or the Walla Walla County Sheriff’s office.

 Retirement Celebrations 2012-2013 (remaining)
District Office: Pat Johnston

- Thursday, June 6 / 3-5 p.m. / Board Room

Green Park: Mike Lambert

- Friday, May 31 / 4 p.m. / Gym

Head Start/ECEAP Preschool @ Blue Ridge

- Marilyn Day

- Sandy McCoy

Wednesday, June 5 / 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. / Blue Ridge Cafeteria

Walla Walla High School

Wednesday - June 12 / 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. / Wa-Hi Commons

Wa-Hi Staff to be honored:

- Jim Briggs

- Craig Buchanan

- Karen Dazell

- Carol Franklin

- Shelley Mann

- Pamela McBride

Pioneer Middle School: Jo Anne Poulson

Monday, June 10 / 3:30 to 5 p.m. / library

Special Programs

Special Education/Assistive Technology Assistant

- Marcia Clausen

- Thursday, June 6, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Pam Hundley's home

Special Education/School Psychologist

- Peggy Tierney

- Monday, June 10, 3 to 4:30 p.m., District Office Board Room

School Stories
 Edison Elementary plans memorial dedication to honor the late Missy Peterson
Date: Monday, June 10

Time: 8:30 a.m.

Location: Edison Elementary (1315 E. Alder)

Edison Elementary staff and students are planning a dedication ceremony to honor the late Missy Orrick Peterson Monday, June 10, 8:30 a.m. at Edison Elementary (1315 E. Alder). The Missy Orrick Peterson Memorial will include the unveiling of a new bench in Missy’s honor located at the front entrance of the school. The event will also feature a butterfly release as a tribute to Peterson and her lasting spirit.

Peterson was a longtime school volunteer and co-founder of the Books for Babes program. She was actively involved in the Explorer Gifted Learning program and a leader in the Parent Teacher Association.

 End-of-Year Dessert Celebration for Explorer Families
Date: Sunday, June 9

Place: Pioneer Cafeteria (450 Bridge St.)

Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m.

- Families are asked to bring one dozen cupcakes, your choice of flavor.

- EPO will provide napkins, ice cream cups, and beverages!

Questions? Becky Waggoner – Schwartz (509-526-8621 / bwaggoner@wwps.org)

 Correction: Garrison student not included in music for newborns story
Garrison Middle School student Harmon Rambo was not included in last week’s story about Garrison Middle School students production of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star. Their song is played each time a baby is born at Providence St. Mary Medical Center. Harmon was part of the group which performed the song. Please excuse this omission.
 Area students to showcase films at local youth film festival
Walla Walla Public Schools is sponsoring a youth film festival Saturday, June 1 at the Walla Walla High School Auditorium from 4 to 8:30 p.m. SPIFFY, Student Produced Independent Films For Youth, is a unique experience for students.

"This festival, the only one in the region, will give students a chance to showcase their video talents. When you put a kid behind a camera, amazing things happen," said Dan Calzaretta, coordinator for the festival and teacher at Pioneer Middle School.

Learn more about SPIFFY at: https://sites.google.com/site/pioneerexplorers/

Information: Dan Calzaretta: dcalzaretta@wwps.org / 509.527.3050

 Mid-Columbia Conference announces Spring NECA/IBEW award winners
 The Mid Columbia Conference is proud to announce the spring winners of the NECA/IBEW MCC Award. The National Electrical Contractors Association and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers are proud to present the 9th annual recognition of these fine scholar athletes from Walla Walla High School.

- Hannah Burns, Track and Field

- Zane Henderson, Baseball

 Current and former Meadow Brook students invited to say good-bye to school at BBQ Fun Night
Since the year is drawing to a close and with the new configuration of our district, this will be Meadow Brook’s last year. We want to celebrate all the great times we have had at Meadow Brook with current and past students, families, staff and community. Come one, come all! Free food, entertainment, and games with prizes! Thursday, June 6, 6 to 7:30 on the playground. Hope to see you there!
 Walla Walla High School student first to receive Walla Walla Public High Schools Scholarship
Congratulations to Walla Walla High School senior Travis Stinebaugh for earning the first scholarship award from the Walla Walla High Schools Scholarship Fund in the amount of $3000. Walla Walla High School Class of 1962 graduate Jerry Zahl, with the support of classmates and the community, has established a high school scholarship fund to help area graduates get to college. Currently the fund, managed by the Blue Mountain Community Foundation, has nearly $30,000 with a goal to exceed $100,000 in the next five years. Stinebaugh also received $427 from the Ann Weatherill Memorial Fund. He plans to attend the University of Washington and earn a degree in computer science.

To make a donation or learn more about the Walla Walla Public High Schools Scholarship fund, visit the Blue Mountain Community Foundation website:

www.bluemountainfoundation.org. For additional information, contact Jerry Zahl at: jkazahl@charter.net.

 Farm-to-School Update - By Beth Thiel, Coordinator
New webpage

A new webpage on the district’s website describes the Farm-to-School program, now in the fifth month of a 24 month grant. http://www.wwps.org/programs/farmtoschool/farmtoschool.htm Please visit to hear how you can get involved with farm to school and school gardens and like the Facebook page for regular updates.

Asparagus Month

On Friday, over 2000 students tried seasonal, locally grown asparagus and more than 1600 voted that they liked it! The asparagus was grown by Locati Farms, gently roasted by nutrition services staff at every school and offered by a terrific group of volunteers (Kara Shulke, Tessa Matson, Katherine Boehm, Sharon Lederer, Krista Davidson, Christina Price-Huntington, Sara Wutzke and Heidi and Stuart Chapin, Pioneer Middle School Power Team and High School Culinary Arts students). Thank you – this work depends on volunteers. Look for local kale purchased from Welcome Table Farm next week, June 4.

Monthly Tasting Table

Next school year there will be a monthly tasting table in each cafeteria. We are looking for volunteers to dedicate four hours per month to run a tasting table (a full description of the process is described on the webpage under programs tab). If you are interested, please contact Beth Thiel at bthiel@wwps.org

Chef-in-School Project

Earlier this spring five very generous chefs dedicated time to the Chef-in-School Project. Hannah McDonald of Brasserie Four, Damon Burke of Salumiere Cesario, Heidi Peterson of Red Reina, Dan Thiessen of WWCC, and Jake Crenshaw of The Olive Café inspired five elementary schools while developing new lunch recipes that can incorporate local produce. Two of these dishes will be standardized to meet requirements and served weekly in next year’s lunch rotation. Look for rice bowls and wraps next school year for lunch.

Healthy living linked to academic achievement

Encouraging our students to eat well is really important for good health and academic achievement. Three elementary school teachers are helping educate students about wholesome food by developing garden lessons that are linked to core standards. Danae Darby (Sharpstein Kinder), Lucy Gregoire (Green Park 2

nd), and Rebecca Tate (Edison 4th) will spend time this summer helping our school garden program become the best it can be. Many thanks for lending their expertise.

School Gardens

School garden activities will continue during the summer with the help of a Summer Vista Associate splitting time between the school gardens at Sharpstein, Edison, Green Park and the Veterans Administration therapy garden. Participants in Campfire and City Parks and Recreation Summer Programs will benefit from summer gardens and cooking lessons.

If your student’s elementary school has a school garden, contact your PTA to sign up for a week of summer garden care. Each school needs 10 families to help weed, trellis and harvest for one week. Instructions will be provided.

 Walla Walla High School seniors earn Latino Club "ADELANTARSE" Scholarship
Walla Walla High School seniors Brenda López and José Carrasco are the 2013 recipients of the Walla Walla High School Latino Club’s "ADELANTARSE" Scholarship. A scholarship of $750 will be designated to a college of their choice for tuition expenses. The funding of this award is through fundraising programs of Exploring Post 311 and a grant from the First Fruits Fund managed by the Blue Mountain Community Foundation. As students, Brenda and José had to overcome the many barriers of English as a second language learners while attaining their education.

López has been active in Hispanic Youth Exploring Engineering and Sciences (HYEES) Camp at Walla Walla University, Garrison Night School Estrellita pre-literacy program, Walla Walla High School Link Crew, SOS Outreach Bluewood Ski program, the Post’s effort in the Salvation Army fund drive, and Walla Walla High School Latino Club. She is currently the Walla Walla High School Latino Club President. She is planning on attending Washington State University this fall.

Carrasco is active in Walla Walla High School Latino Club, the Garrison Night School Pre-literacy program, Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program, OneAmerica, SOS Outreach Bluewood Ski program, and the Post’s effort in the Salvation Army fund drive. He is planning on attending Walla Walla Community College this fall.

Community Stories
 Exchange Club of Walla Walla awards 2012-2013 grants to local youth agencies
The Exchange Club of Walla Walla recently announced the recipients of its 2012-2013 grant program which provided $13,000 to local agencies.

2012-2013 Grant Recipients:

- Campfire: $3,500

- Community Center for Youth: $1,000

- Friends: $2,500

- Fort Walla Walla Museum: $1,500

- Girls Council: $500

- WW Council for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect: $3,000

- WW Hospice - Camp Amanda: $500

- YMCA: $500

TOTAL $13,000

The Exchange Club of Walla Walla Grant Committee consisted of members Tracy Shrouf (chair), Tami Stapleton, Veda Logan, Lyle Hanson, Linda Emmerson, Liz Conover and Sherilee Coffey. The 2012-2013 recipients will be awarded checks at the Exchange Club meeting Monday, June 3 at the Marcus Whitman Hotel and Conference Center.

The Exchange Club Foundation commits to allocating 100 percent of its net proceeds from all fund raising activities to its pillars of service: child abuse prevention, community service, youth program, and Americanism. The fundraising policy and more information about the Walla Walla Exchange Club is online at: wwexchangeclub.org

Exchange, America’s Service Club, is a group of men and women working together to make our communities better places to live through programs of service in Americanism, community service, youth activities, and its national project, the prevention of child abuse. Club members meet each Monday at 12 noon at the

Marcus Whitman Hotel and Conference Center.

 Wa-Hi athletes earn awards at Blue Mountain Youth Recognition Evening
The 37th Annual Blue Mountain Youth Recognition Evening was held Wednesday night at the Baker Boyer Bank downtown lobby. The event was sponsored by the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin and Baker Boyer Bank. Congratulations to this year’s winners!

Blue Mountain Youth Awards (Scholarship, Leadership, and Citizenship):

- DeSales High School: Timothy Caudill, Jr.

- Walla Walla High School: Mattie Smyth

- Walla Walla Valley Academy: Alex Aamodt

Coach of the Year:

- Michelle Ferenz, Whitman College Women's Basketball

Female Athlete of the Year:

- Alyson Ambler, Walla Walla High School

Male Athlete of the Year:

- Jonah Hoe, Walla Walla High School

Scholar-Athlete of the Year:

- Molly von Borstel, Weston-McEwen

Team of the Year:

- Walla Walla High School Softball

 Walla Walla's Chamber Music Festival Expands - By David Mumm
The 2013 Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival, June 6 to 29, features a whirlwind of 32 events over 24 days. Walla Walla's sixth annual summer festival will bring together 22 artists to perform a huge variety of music from Beethoven to Guns n' Roses. The Festival emphasizes smaller venues and close encounters among audience, performers, and great works of chamber music past and present. A complete schedule of events, artist bios, and music clips are available at the Festival website, wwcmf.org. Here's a summary:

The Portrait of an Artist Series

The first concert for the 2013 summer series features acclaimed violinist Stephen Miahky in a new series called Portrait of an Artist. This interactive series will introduce audiences to a single musician with an interview and recital. The first event will be held on Thursday, June 6, at Garrison Creek Cellars. On Thursday, June 13, the series features Nashville's Felix Wang on cello at Waterbrook Winery. For Thursday, June 20, Boston's Sarah Brady will thrill audiences with flute at Sinclair Estate Vineyard, and on Thursday, June 27, you can learn all about Canadian pianist Winston Choi at Sinclair Estate Vineyard.

The Tasting Music Series

The Festival also features four concerts in the Tasting Music series. The audience will hear chamber music masterworks in intimate settings and taste wine from four of Walla Walla's most acclaimed wineries. The first event in the series will be on Monday, June 10, when the Festival brings Beethoven to visit Canoe Ridge Vineyard. The second event in the series will be on Friday, June 14, at Walla Walla Vintners. Composer Anton Arensky will be featured on Friday, June 21, at Rasa Vineyards. The Festival visits TERO Estates in Milton-Freewater, Oregon, for the final Tasting Music event on Friday, June 28.

The Special Event: Collage

On Tuesday, June 18, the Festival takes over the tasting room at Charles Smith Wines with one flute, one clarinet, one soprano, one viola, three cellos, five violins, and all kinds of chamber music. The wide variety of music will alternate from five stages in the small 120-seat venue. Collage is a style of performing in which varied musical styles are performed continuously and seamlessly from multiple locations in and around the audience. In this way, music from antiquity rubs elbows with "wet ink" compositions in a way that keeps the audience guessing throughout. Beethoven and Pink Floyd will be part of the same set. There is one show at 6:30 p.m. and a second at 9 p.m.

Special Event: Kreutzer Sonata

We return to the jimgermanbar in Waitsburg, Washington, for our Special Event: Kreutzer Sonata. There are three famous compositions called Kreutzer Sonata. The first by Beethoven. In 1889, Tolstoy, famous for his epic novel War and Peace, also published a novella called The Kreutzer Sonata. Czech composer, Leoš Janácek, wrote his string quartet of the same name in 1923. These two works, both examples of what can happen if exposed to the music of Beethoven, wrestle with issues of morality, feminism, and the institution of marriage. For this special event, Whitman College philosophy professor Julia Ireland will delve into the nitty gritty of Tolstoy's novella, and WWCMF Founder and Artistic Director, Timothy Christie, will guide an exploration of Janácek’s unique musical voice.

The Festival Series

These four performances form the centerpiece of the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival. The concerts are thoughtfully programmed and exquisitely performed. They feature an international roster of Festival musicians, and a huge selection of music will be performed from Beethoven, Debussy and Tchaikovsky to living composers. At the first event audiences will be treated to the world-premiere of an original work commissioned for the Festival by American composer Ching-chu Hu. All the events begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Gesa Power House Theater in Walla Walla. The performances are Tuesday, June 11; Saturday, June 15; Saturday, June 22; and Saturday, June 29.

Free Events

The festival also offers 17 free events including four concerts for children, three outreach events, and ten open rehearsals where you can see musicians at work.

Tickets to the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival range from $8 to $20 and are also available at wwcmf.org.

 The Health Center finalist for $100,000 grant
The Health Center (THC), which provides clinics for students at Lincoln High School and Blue Ridge Elementary, is one of two finalists in the Health Category to receive a $100,000 grant from the Washington Women's Foundation. Results will be announced Wednesday, June 12.

This foundation is one of the leading philanthropic organizations in the state. Representatives from the Washington Women’s Foundation made a visit to The Health Center in May as part of their review of THC's $100,000 grant application which would be used over three years. Of the 340 non-profits seeking funding from WWF, only 15 organizations were asked to host a site visit. During the May visit, four WWF members were able to see the clinics and learn more about the services rendered there. This visit helped THC advance to the final round in this very competitive process. The Health Center is competing against Antioch University Seattle, Community Counseling and Psychology Clinic for the top award. The runner up will receive $2500. THC is the only organization being considered from Eastern Washington.

 The Health Center plans Chocolate Journey to benefit students
Saturday, June 8 is The Health Center’s 2nd annual CHOCOLATE JOURNEY Benefit for Kids! A party with a purpose! This unique event is a FUNdraiser to support high-need children served by The Health Center’s medical and mental health programs at Lincoln High School and Blue Ridge Elementary.

Date: Saturday, June 8

Time: 7-10 p.m.

Location: The Pavilion at the Walla Walla Fair Grounds


- $60 per person, includes chocolate-themed tapas, desserts, three glasses of wine, silent auction access

- Order online: http://thehealthcenterww.org/

- Phone: call Deborah at (509) 529-5432

- Mail: Send payment to The Health Center/534 South 3rd Ave., Ste. 16/Walla Walla, WA/99362

Questions: Call Deborah at (509) 529-5432 or email Deborah@TheHealthCenterWW.org

 Join The Moms’ Network of Walla Walla for a fundraiser benefiting Books for Babes
On Saturday, June 8 The Moms’ Network will host a celebration to honor Books for Babes and give the community a chance to participate and support this important community organization. The event is at Book & Game in downtown Walla Walla from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and open to the public. Everyone is welcome to come enjoy treats, crafts and story times while learning more about The Moms’ Network and Books for Babes.

Books for Babes puts new books into the hands of families of newborns in the Walla Walla Valley to encourage early literacy. Each newborn receives a bag containing soft books, hard books and a homemade book from local children. From June 8th to June 30 anyone in the community can purchase the soft book at Book & Game and donate it directly to the book bags for newborns.

The books cost $6.75 each and on June 8 any soft book that is purchased, the Moms’ Network will match the purchase with an additional book. You can also purchase the soft book at the Moms’ Network website www.themomsnetworkww.com throughout the promotion.

"This is a wonderful partnership for us" says Karri Bruce, Books for Babes board member. "With the support of the Moms’ Network and the community we can continue to provide early learning opportunities for the children of Walla Walla. The event on Saturday the 8th is also a great way to learn more about both organizations and have fun with your family."

The Moms’ Network of Walla Walla provides opportunities to local parents to communicate receive and exchange information, network with each other and be involved in the community. To learn about the event or The Moms’ Network, please contact Beth Swanson at 509-301-7471 or beth@themomsnetworkww.com

 The Moms’ Network to offer Art & Play at the Children’s Museum
On Monday, June 17, The Moms’ Network will offer another Art & Play morning at the Children’s Museum from 10:30 a.m. to noon. There will be several art activities set up for children ages 1-6 years old. The activities include Play-Doh, scrounge art painting and much more.

There will also be access to the entire Children’s Museum during this event. This is a free community event and siblings are welcome to attend.

"The Moms’ Network is excited to offer this community program again" states Beth Swanson, President of The Moms’ Network. "Art & Play is a fabulous way for toddlers to explore and learn with their parents. We provide art activities that are too messy for home so families can get the experience without worrying about the clean up."

The Moms’ Network of Walla Walla is a grassroots organization that provides an opportunity for parents to communicate, receive and exchange valuable community and parenting information, network with each other and be actively involved in the community. For more information visit www.themomsnetworkww.com or beth@themomsnetworkww.com 

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