Arlington youth earns Disney grant
Local Arlington 5-year-old Jackson Martin was awarded the national "Disney Summer of Service" grant and will help a work party this March to prepare the Haller Park splash pad.
The work will take place on March 11 and children aged 5 to 12 are invited to participate in the service project on that day.
Jackson Martin is one of the 340 winners across the country who will receive $500 through Youth Services America.
The grant is awarded to kids age 5 to 12 and "helps children organize projects to help beautify or make their communities stronger, better, greener," said Breanne Martin, Jackson's mother.
The two learned about the grant while watching the Disney Channel together.
"One day we were watching the Disney Channel and a commercial came on advertising the Disney Summer of Service grant," said Breanne Martin.
"So we went online and found out a little more about it," she said.
Jackson and Breanne thought of the Haller Park splash pad, a water park currently in the works largely funded by the Arlington Rotary Club, donations from organizations like the Stillaguamish Tribe and grant funds.
"I've been part of the Rotary Club since 2012. We go out and sell Duck Dash tickets and Jackson joins me," said Breanne Martin.
Recent years of Duck Dash sales have gone toward bringing a splash pad to the park.
"So he thought it would be a great thing to donate the $500 to that project," she said.
Jackson Martin presented the $500 check to the Arlington Rotary during one of their monthly meetings on Feb. 9.
"Engagement with youth is a large focus of our club and it's fantastic to get kids started early in service," said Erik Granroth, current president of the Arlington Rotary Club.
The funds are going to be used to support the service project that will help prepare Haller Park for the splash pad.
"We don't know exactly what we're doing on March 11. It's going to be depending on weather and where exactly we're at in the process," said Granroth.
Breanne Martin said it will likely involve moving some dirt around, perhaps some sodding, and there may be a lot to do if the city is done installing the park's new bathrooms by then, she said.
"As we get closer to the date, we may have some more updates on what exactly were doing," she said.
A couple of other service organizations may be helping during the day as well, said Granroth.
The March 11 project begins at 9 a.m. at Haller Park.
Anyone "that wants to support the building of the splash pad or support their communities or be involved in the Disney Summer of Service grant," can participate, said Breanne Martin.
She also encourages children aged 5 to 12 to join them in their project.
Food will likely be available at the service project as well, said Breanne Martin, so she said anyone who is planning on attending should RSVP at her e mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.