I am a 1976 graduate of Jenkins High School, the last class to graduate from the “old” high school. As many young people before and after me, I was eager to leave Chewelah and see the world.
In 2004 my husband Matt and I decided to return to Chewelah. WHY? Chewelah is a great place to live and raise a family. When we moved back I was amazed at how many people such as myself had left for a time and moved back; had gone to college and returned here to live; or never left but stayed here to live, work and raise families.
Why are these people still here? Chewelah sits in a beautiful valley that has something to offer everyone year-round. People of Chewelah are friendly and helpful. We are a small town with a big heart, but parts of our town are getting old. One of the highlights for my kids when we first moved back here was our tour around the Middle School. I showed them my old locker from when I was in 7th grade. They were very impressed! I was not! What was already old in the 70’s is now run-down and tired. Now is the time! People such as myself, old-timers who were raised and educated here, have good memories of our life in Chewelah. We also realize that in order to keep up with our neighbors to the north and south we must continue to update and improve. Chewelah is not only a great place to raise a family, it is also a great place to retire.
Whatever reason has brought you to Chewelah, we ALL need to come together to keep Chewelah alive. Let’s vote YES on the school bond. A strong school DOES equal a strong community.
Diane (Stroyan) Cobb