Girls group

If 100 girls from fifth-grade through college joined forces to make a difference in their communities by giving voice to other girls, what could they accomplish?

The Power of 100 Girls, sponsored by Hack+, is recruiting inspiring and dedicated girls and young women to join its Founders Circle to support girls overlooked in a traditional grant or scholarship system. To become a Founders Circle member, girls must commit to raising and/or donating $100 annually, then meet quarterly to review applications and select girls, women and related organizations to support.

“Founders Circle members are independent thinkers who are passionate about helping girls and young women who are, for various reasons, overlooked or unable to pursue the help they need to succeed,” said Merrill Keating, 16-year-old founder of The Power of 100 Girls and a freshman at the University of Washington. “As an introvert myself, I have noticed so many girls miss out on scholarships and awards because society favors extroversion. Without access to a good support system and connections, many of these girls can fall through the cracks.”

Advisory Council members include Sen. Christine Rolfes and Bainbridge Islander Peter Drury, chief strategy officer for Wellspring Family Services.

Visit for details.

Art contest

Kitsap County Public Works Stormwater Division is looking for five local artists to apply their clean water vision to storm drains at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds and Event Center in Bremerton this summer.

“We provide paint, a storm drain and a $200 stipend. You bring your brush, yourself, and your message about how storm drains connect to our local waterways and Puget Sound. Send us your design and show us what you’ve got,” directions say.

Art for Clean Water is a public art and education project. The project, introduced in 2019, will bring murals to storm drains throughout the county.

Artists can submit their designs via a paper application or online at Entries are due June 11.

Equity grants

Kitsap County based nonprofits and fiscally sponsored projects who are Black-led and/or serve the Black community, as well as other communities of color, are invited to apply for the most recent round of grant funding available through the Kitsap Racial Equity and Empowerment Fund.

This is the second round of funding offered by KREEF, which awarded $10,000 in grants in fall of 2020.

Apply by June 1. Contact for details on how.

Ballot writer

The Kitsap County Auditor’s Office – Elections Division seeks volunteers to write arguments against the Bainbridge Island parks measure that will appear on the Aug. 3 primary ballot.

The BI Metropolitan Park & Recreation District is asking voters to restore the district’s original property tax levy rate of 75 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value.

Interested parties should contact the Elections Division by 4:30 p.m. May 21. Please email or call 360-337-7280 if interested. Arguments are due by 4:30 p.m. May 28.


A headline in last week’s North Kitsap Herald was incorrect. One of the educators honored, Eric Bockelie, is male.