Wednesday, September 18, 2002
The Aspire Program at Hood River Valley High School is back for a second year. The program’s mission this year is to build on the foundation put in place last year for connecting students with volunteers from the community.
Aspire trains and matches Aspire advisers (volunteers from the community) with students at HRVHS. The ultimate goal is to help students research and identify college admissions information and locate scholarship opportunities. In order to accomplish this, the Aspire Program Developer matches Aspire advisers with students in a one-to-one mentoring relationship. They meet once a week or every other week at the school.
The Aspire program offers a great opportunity for parents of students who are currently enrolled at HRVHS or parents who have kids at home who will be attending high school within the next few years. But anyone interested in connecting with their local public schools is invited to inquire about becoming an Aspire adviser.
“Our local schools are only as good as the community members who support (them),” said Vince Ferguson, Aspire program developer. “This is a great way to get involved with your local schools.”
The Aspire program is currently seeking potential advisers interested in learning more. Advisers must be prepared to volunteer two to four hours per week, have a desire to work and communicate with teenage students, and help track the students they are matched with. For more information contact Vince Ferguson at 387-5034 or by e-mail at HoodRiverAspire@yahoo.com.
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I Can't Keep Quiet singers at "Citizen Town Hall"
‘I can’t keep quiet,’ sing members of an impromptu choir in front of Hood River Middle School Saturday prior to the citizen town hall for questions to Rep. Greg Walden. The song addresses female empowerment generally and sexual violence implicitly, and gained prominence during the International Women’s Day events in January. The singers braved a sudden squall to finish their song and about 220 people gathered in HRMS auditorium, which will be the scene of the April 12 town hall with Rep. Greg Walden, at 3 p.m. Enlarge