Friday, March 1, 2013
“Thank you in advance for helping our students participate in an active and positive role in their community!” said Wendy Herman, HRVHS CWD coordinator.
Hood River Valley High School’s 16th annual Community Work Day is scheduled to take place on Monday, April 15, and organizers are seeking support to help make it a success.
For those who aren’t familiar with CWD, students from the high school find a business or individual to sponsor them for a day.
The student gives their time to do work for the business or individual. In exchange, the sponsor pays the student and the money received is given to nonprofit organizations that have been selected by student representatives.
Profits from this year’s event will be divided equally and given to the FISH Food Bank Building Project, Heart of Hospice Foundation, Helping Hands Against Violence and St. Francis House.
“Last year, we ran the event on a Saturday,” said Herman. Turnout of students wasn’t as high as prior years when the event was held on a school day. This year’s event returns to the school day format, ensuring greater student participation.
The money raised through the event was not adequate to fund the applying nonprofit organizations’ initiatives. For that reason, the nonprofits selected last year will be the recipients this year.
According to Herman, payments are processed as follows: Students work a maximum of five hours, the sponsor pays a flat fee of $45 (checks are preferred and payable to HRVHS/CWD) for the five hours worked; payment should be given to the student after they have worked. Students are to turn in their payment to the Summit Career Center located at the high school.
If a sponsor would rather mail their payment to the high school, the address is: HRVHS/CWD, 1220 Indian Creek Road, Hood River, OR 97031.
Payments should be mailed as soon as possible with the student(s) name(s) written in the memo part of the check. Invoice and statements are not sent from the high school but a copy of the contract can be faxed.
If you would like to sponsor a student (or students) or have questions, contact Herman in the Summit Career Center at 541-387-5034, ext. 1, or wendy.herman@hood
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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