Bidding Farewell to 2012

The year just ended was a wonderful one in many ways for the Explorations Academy community.  Our school continues to grow in both size and quality, and we continue to move ahead on a number of exciting new projects.  However, it is hard to look back on 2012 without a measure of sadness, as we lost several folks who have played significant roles in our school.  Here are some brief notes recognizing three wonderful folks that we’re going to miss moving forward.

 

2012 Julie Davis Mug

Julie lost her hair to chemo but never her spirit!

Julie Davis

December 28, 1965—March 12, 2012

Julie was a creative and fun-loving individual who also managed to be a prominent banker who gave much to her community in general, and to Explorations Academy in particular.  She was a long-running Board member and Board chair, serving from 2003 until cancer made her participation impossible in 2010.  Julie blessed our school with her upbeat spirit and problem-solving abilities, and was particularly instrumental in helping the school through a difficult period in 2005.  Julie leaves a significant gap and is missed by many in the Bellingham community.

 

2012-Steve Lambert

Steve was only 32 at the time of his death.

Steve Lambert

December 29, 1979 — August 21, 2012

Steve was one of Explorations Academy’s first students and a member of our first graduating class in 1996.  While an Explorations student, Steve was well liked for his playful nature and ability to get along with anyone.  He received a lot of acclaim when, during his Final Term, he won a solar bicycle competition in collaboration with the Vehicle Research Institute at WWU.  At the time of his death, Steve had recently moved from Seattle to Kirkland and was deeply involved in the music and drumming community around Seattle.

 

2012-Jon Roise

Jon was a very warm and generous soul.

Jonathan Roise

May 11, 1945 — October 14, 2012

Jon Roise is a Quaker who founded and directed Si A La Vida, an agency providing care, housing, and education to street youth in Managua, Nicaragua.  Jonathan was active in the 1960’s civil rights movement, enrolling voters in the South and supporting Dr. Martin Luther King’s nonviolence work.  Si A La Vida, the organization he created, served hundreds of children who were lost or abandoned, giving them hope along with the tools to be helathy, independent and successful.  Explorations Academy students worked with Jon at Si A La Vida on our first international expedition in Nicaragua in 2003.

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