North Salmon Creek — Alki Middle School's Giving Tree helped 17 Vancouver families during the holiday season by providing them with donated gifts, clothes and other necessities. The annual Sharing and Caring project brought in more than 300 gifts and filled 56 stockings to be given to families in need living in the Vancouver district. "When they first mentioned the Sharing and Caring program, I decided right then and there I'm going to do jobs for people to go and get money to do it," said Alki sixth-grader Tess Raz in a post on the Vancouver Public Schools' website.
When the new year was just shy of being two hours old, a Vancouver couple welcomed their newborn baby girl. Aubrey Maya Schneider, born at 1:43 a.m. to first-time parents Kyle Schneider and Cassie Carter, is the first local baby born in 2015.