Whidbey's youths get $5,600 boost to stay active

The Healthy Island Youth Initiative received a big boost from three donations totaling $5,600.

Island Thrift gave the committee $5,000, Soroptimist International of Oak Harbor donated $300 and Walmart added $300.

The Healthy Island Youth Initiative scholarship was developed to get children physically active for at least 60 minutes every day. The donations help children participate in activities like sports and clubs.

Since 2011, 66 scholarships have been awarded, totaling $5,283 and ranging from $35 to $150.

The South Whidbey Parks & Aquatics Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization, acts as the fiscal agent for the initiative and its scholarships.

Donations to the scholarship fund can be made payable to South Whidbey Parks & Aquatics Foundation and mailed to P.O. Box 157, Freeland, WA 98249, with a note on the memo line directing it to the “HIYI Scholarship Fund.”

Any Whidbey Island youth may apply for a scholarship to participate in any organized sport or physical activity by printing an application from


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