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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Lawnmower torches Arbor Vitae on Portland Drive
The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge