Tuesday, March 29, 2011
The 2010-11 school year is about to turn the corner and head into the final lap, with the end of spring break and students' return to class on Monday.
Final projects, exams and other important items of the business of education will fill our young people's schedules for the next 12 weeks.
(Of course, kids in our neighboring school districts in Washington get their break next week.)
Things get busy between the academics and a full sports schedule, including Horizon Christian School's return to baseball after a six-year hiatus.
For Hood River Valley High School, two other big events deserve the community's attention.
The 14th annual Community Work Day is scheduled to take place on Friday, May 20. Students hire on for the day with a business, organization or individual. The students give their time to do work the business or individual needs done. The money raised will be given to a nonprofit organization.
This is a worthwhile opportunity for students to gain experience while working for the good of the community. Contact Wendy Herman in the Summit Career Center at 541-387-5034, ext. 1, or email@example.com to arrange to hire a student for the day.
HRVHS students from all four grades can get involved. Meanwhile, members of the Class of 2011 will stay busy this spring fulfilling final requirements before their commencement ceremonies in the second week of June. Their reward, beyond the diploma itself, will be the annual all-night party at Hood River Elks Lodge.
The community can also help with Project Graduation, a community effort organized by volunteer parents to provide a safe place for kids to celebrate.
It takes substantial community support to fund the entertainment, prizes and food. If you can make a monetary or in-kind donation, contact Melissa Ing at 541-308-6694.
Project Graduation and Community Work Day are two proud traditions deserving extensive support. The folks organizing them are planning now. Let them know how you can help. The final lap will be finished before we know it.
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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"
Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge