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Passport helps students keep up with the changing world

Parents, volunteers, teachers and staff unite to help Betz Elementary students learn about far off places


John McCallum

A parent-volunteer reviews a Betz student's geographic knowledge for The Passport Club.

Next time you run into a student from Cheney's Betz Elementary School, ask them what level they are in the Passport Club? If they're a "Geo Whiz," they should respond by naming all 195 countries in the world.

If they can't do it off the top of their head, they have got a small, blue book to prove that they know them.

The Passport Club was started by Betz parent-volunteer Daiatra Westlund. Westlund got involved in the program when her family lived in Olympia, which is where former elementary school teacher and parent-volunteer Lynn Erickson created the program in 1994.

According to a Jan. 14...

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