Just for fun Ashley Hart joined the Irving Elementary track team this past spring. Now it’s led her all the way to the Hershey North American Track Championships in Pennsylvania.
It turns out that Ashley is faster than girls her age from Oregon, Washington, Montana, Idaho, Alaska, British Columbia and – yes – even the Yukon Territory.
The Irving 5th grader-to-be won the 200 meters at the state meet. She figured that was the end to the track season, until the state director recently called to say her time in the 200m was the fastest in the region and that they’d fly her to Pennsylvania to compete at nationals on August 2nd.
Now she’s taking things a little more seriously, but in the end it’ll still be another run for fun.
Just a few weeks ago Amber Lee was performing a song at her graduation ceremony at Willamette High School. It’s been a whirlwind since then.
At the invitation of Senator Ron Wyden, Amber was flown to Washington, D.C. (her first time aboard a plane) to testify before the Senate Finance Committee about the severe challenges facing low-income students interested in attending college.
She’ll receive state and federal financial aid and some scholarship support, but Amber still needs to come up with more than $14,000 just for her freshman year at Portland State on her way to becoming a physician.
Amber hopes her testimony before the Senate committee helps bring about legislative change to assist deserving students who cannot afford college.
Dozens of large garbage bags full of clothes have been hauled away from Bethel’s schools.
The unclaimed lost and found items – most of them in perfectly good condition – will be given new life.
Volunteers with the Bethel Clothes Closet at Bethesda Lutheran Church will launder the clothes, separate them by size and gender, and add the reusable articles to their already impressive collection of clothes to be given away to families in need.
Bethel families can “shop” for free, lightly-used shirts, coats, pants, hats, shoes, gloves, and new underwear and socks. Each family gets their own private time to choose the clothes they want.
Bethel families in need can contact their Bethel school office in August to make arrangements to visit the Clothes Closet.
31 seniors were awarded diplomas at Kalapuya High School’s graduation in a ceremony highlighted by student reflections, a year-in-review-video, and supportive family and friends.
Bethel’s other schools headed into summer break with field trips and field days, hugs and well-wishes, retirement parties and registration for summer courses.
Meanwhile, construction will begin on the new Fairfield and Malabon elementary schools during the summer, and will continue on Willamette’s science addition.
The first day for students in the 2014-15 school year will be Tuesday, September 2nd.