Back in January 2011, Verity launched our Cartwheel for a Cause contest – in which we asked our community to submit 60-second YouTube videos about a cause they felt deserved $5,000. One of our 37 entries came from Martha Lake Elementary in Lynnwood, WA. Their video explained how their playground was old and unsafe (the school district is going to force them to tear it down) and they do not have the funds for a new one.

While they didn’t win Cartwheel for a Cause (Verity did donate $200 toward the effort!) this group isn’t giving up easily. They submitted for the Kaboom! Let’s Play Video Contest, where they could win $15,000 for their new playground. They have made the top 10 and we think all our Verity blog readers should consider voting for their project. It is a great thing for a group of local kids who just want to play safely!

Not convinced yet? I found out about this amazing next step from this adorable letter the group mailed to me. A picture of their new playground that is hand colored and accompanied by a letter written out by the kids. You can’t possibly look at this thing and not feel compelled to vote!

Register and vote for this great local cause!

Melina Young

My name is Melina Young and I am the director of marketing at Verity Credit Union. I love everything to do with marketing, advertising, public relations and social media – especially all the research that goes into making a product or service really work for our members and making sure the right people hear about it. In addition to my time spent marketing, I have a blog and write about celiac disease, which I was diagnosed with in 2010. Basically, I can’t eat any of those foods we all love that are made with wheat, barley or rye.

I have also recently started running and completed my first 5k in 2011. Some people may not know that I used to do a lot of acting, dancing and singing in my life. I was in a Nike commercial with Gary Payton in junior high (if anyone ever finds the footage please send it my way!) and I used to compete as an opera singer in high school. I almost majored in musical theater in college, but I’m very glad with my decision to study marketing!

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  1. Melina Young says:

    I just wanted to follow up and let everyone know the results of the contest. There were a total of five schools that will receive $15,000 grants – and Martha Lake Elementary is one of them! Congratulations to MLE and thank you to everyone who read this post and voted!

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