PARKDALE NEWS: Jog-A-Thon students need your box tops

For those of us who save those “Box Tops for Education” from our grocery purchases, here’s a great way to make them count.

Students at Parkdale Elementary School will be participating in the PTO-sponsored Healthy Heart Jog-A-Thon this Wednesday, Feb. 12, and instead of asking for pledges, students are collecting the box tops from neighbors, family and friends in order to raise money for their school.

Community members are asked to please donate their Box Tops for Education to a Parkdale Elementary student or drop them off at the school office.

Funds raised by the Jog-A-Thon are used to provide students with PTO-sponsored projects such as new playground equipment and educational assemblies.


Parents, Parkdale Elementary wants YOU to volunteer for the school’s biggest fundraiser of the year.

Each spring the carnival is a big event that requires a lot of parental involvement before, during and after to be a success.

Volunteers are needed before the carnival to donate raffle items or pledge cash sponsorships and to set up game booths the evening of Thursday, March 13, and classrooms at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, March 14.

During the carnival parents are needed to sell raffle and game tickets, or work a carnival booth during the 5:15-6:15 p.m. or 6:15-7:15 p.m. shift.

Clean-up after the carnival starts at 8 p.m., when volunteers will take down all the booths and put classrooms and the kitchen back in order for the school day.

If you can help with any of these needs, please contact Alison Betzing at 541-370-5644.


Raffle tickets for the Parkdale Elementary School carnival go on sale starting this Friday, Feb. 14, for $1 each and can be purchased from students, PTO members or at the school office.

If you or your business would like to donate items to the raffle, contact Sarah Wilson at 503-819-4092, Parkdale Elementary School at 541-352-6255, or send donations to Parkdale Elementary School at P.O. Box 69, Parkdale, OR 97041.


Parkdale Elementary School will hold a free Movie Night from 6-8:30 p.m. at the school library on Friday, Feb. 21, showing Disney’s “Riddle in a Bottle” and “Shark Riddle.”

Library doors open at 6 p.m. and popcorn is available from the PTO for $1 each.

Parents are required to attend the event with their children.


Auditions will be held Monday, Feb. 24, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at the Wy’east Middle School Performing Arts Center for the Missoula Children’s Theater production of “Hansel and Gretel,” courtesy of the Columbia Center for the Arts.

Registration is now open through Hood River Community Education at

Students from grades 1-12 will be cast in this production of 55 roles with an enrollment fee of $40.

Rehearsals are Feb. 25-28 from 3:30-8 p.m. each day and the final performances will be held on Saturday, March 1, at 2:30 and 5 p.m.


The Parkdale Skate Club is still ongoing and will continue each Saturday night at the Parkdale Elementary gym until March 15.

Each Saturday from 6-8 p.m. elementary, middle and high school students with their parents are invited to come out and have fun skating for a nominal once-a-year registration fee of $3 per family and $1 fee for each skater per week for skate rental.


New Vision School students at Mount Hood Town Hall recently enjoyed celebrating the Chinese New Year of the Horse courtesy of the Tai Chi for Balance class taught there.

Tai chi instructor Janet Essley led the combined class through the Chinese calendar story and class members left the young students with traditional Cantonese red gift envelopes containing money, along with small oranges.

Elders, teachers and students enjoyed this sharing and hope to celebrate the Chinese New Year together again next year.


A reminder: The February meeting of the Parkdale OSU Home Extension Study Group will be held with other extension groups in the area this Thursday, Feb. 13, at 11 a.m. in Hood River at the Hood River Extension Classroom, 2990 Experiment Station Drive.

Attendees will learn about “Quinoa and the Economics of ‘New’ Grains” by Jon Gehrig and will enjoy a quinoa-themed potluck afterward. The meeting is open to the community.


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