Parkdale Jog-A-Thon is awesome

On side note, school carnival is March 14

‘THIS IS WHAT AWESOME LOOKS LIKE’ reads the  shirt of Parkdale Elementary School’s Kevin Rojas-Giles, who leads fellow first-graders Abrahan Santillan, Finnegan McQuade and Victor Morales Wednesday afternoon as they get punches on their lap-counting cards by parent volunteer Alison Betzing.

Photo by Adam Lapierre.
‘THIS IS WHAT AWESOME LOOKS LIKE’ reads the shirt of Parkdale Elementary School’s Kevin Rojas-Giles, who leads fellow first-graders Abrahan Santillan, Finnegan McQuade and Victor Morales Wednesday afternoon as they get punches on their lap-counting cards by parent volunteer Alison Betzing.

Parkdale Elementary School students worked up a sweat this week during their annual Healthy Heart Jog-A-Thon fundraiser. Under the watchful eye of the school’s iconic Pete’s Dragon painting (extra credit to those who can remember the dragon’s name), students took turns running laps around the gymnasium and, with the help of teachers and parent volunteers, getting punch-cards as Swiss-cheesy as possible during their allotted time.

The fundraiser raises money for PTO-sponsored projects such as new playground equipment and educational assemblies utilizing the national Box Tops for Education program. Rather than collecting cash, students collected the small Box Tops for Education cutouts located on more than 250 consumer products. Those tops can then be redeemed for cash (10 cents each) and used as schools see fit.

Although the fundraiser is over, community members are asked to keep their eye out for the Box Tops logo on products they purchase. They can be collected and donated to the school (or other schools around the county) throughout the year.

In other Parkdale news, although only very loosely sports-related, the annual Parkdale School Carnival will take place the evening of March 14. Games and prizes galore are the theme for this long running fundraiser and community event. Volunteers are currently being sought to help with setup, takedown and staffing of game booths. For more info or to volunteer, contact Alison Betzing at 541-370-5644. Raffle tickets for the carnival went on sale starting this Friday and are $1 each, sold by Parkdale PTO members and students.

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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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EliseTickner says...

Woops! That's not Kevin Rojas-Giles! That's Kevin Baker.

Posted 16 February 2014, 12:28 p.m. Suggest removal

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