Ramirez, Thompson are March Elks ‘Students of the Month’

Evelia Lachino Ramirez and Andrew Thompson, both seniors at Hood River Valley High School, were chosen as March Students of the Month and recognized for their community service work at a recent Hood River Elks Lodge meeting.


Evelia maintains a 3.45 GPA taking honors Writing 121 and participating in the expanded option courses at Columbia Gorge Community College, having obtained 43 college credits. She has received certification of completion from Child Care Partners and Oregon Registry in Strategies for Working with Challenging Behaviors and Early Education and Family Studies.

She was a member of the Challenge Club that discusses various topics in students’ daily lives with different groups and during Community Work Day she was front cashier at Novedades el Potrillo.

Evelia volunteered more than 300 hours at ESOL level (A2) class which helps to promote students with English development, and helped with registration and testing of students for placement into the correct English levels, writing on the board, teaching computer skills and introducing and gathering classroom materials at the Columbia Gorge Community College.

She volunteered approximately 700 hours to Broad Coastal Spanish Radio answering phones, taking dedications, putting phone lines on air and creating introduction commercials for the Spanish radio. She assisted the kindergarten teacher at Bambinos International Learning Center during snack time and free time and helped move yard sale items to display.

She presently works for the school district in Little Learners Pre-School.

Evelia is the daughter of Rafael Lachino and Maria Leticia Ramirez. She plans to complete her associate degree in early education and family studies at Columbia Gorge Community College and later obtain a bachelor’s degree in education.


Andrew Thompson maintains a 3.98 GPA and is taking honors and advance placement classes in U.S. history, calculus, government, chemistry, medical biology and physical science. He was a member of the executive council his junior year.

Andrew is a four-year varsity athlete and is presently captain of both the football and lacrosse teams, receiving all-league honors. He is a member of Link Crew, helping with freshman orientation.

For the past three years during Community Work Day Andrew worked at Hood River Middle School helping students in their classroom, worked at Andrew’s Pizza cleaning the play area, and did yard work.

As part of Student Government, Andrew assisted with the activities for Air Guitar, the Luau, the Sadie Hawkins dance and Mr. HRV.

Andrew’s community service includes coaching for the Hood River lacrosse third- and fourth-grade teams during practice. He is also a referee for the Oregon Youth Lacrosse Association for third to eighth grades, making sure they stay safe and in control during the games.

He volunteered at the Youth Football tournament running the down marker and chain gang. As part of the football team, he helped clean up the local waterfront park by pulling weeds, picking up trash, shoveling bark dust and planting trees.

He volunteered for the canned food drive and FISH food bank collecting cans and food for the needy. He participated in Youth Heart of Hospice setting up Christmas decorations for the elderly, later having lunch and keeping them company. He also participated in the Christmas Project, giving out food and baskets for those less fortunate.

Andrew is presently working as a busboy at Brian’s Pourhouse. He is the son of Michael and Erin Thompson. He would like to attend University of San Diego majoring in pre-med.

Both students will be recognized at the annual “Student of the Year” banquet to be held on Sunday, June 3.

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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

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