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Grant Funds Mental Health Services

Bethel Health Center Director Brooke Cottle accepts a check from Marian Blankenship of the PacificSource Foundation. $50,000 in grant funding will provide school-based mental health counseling in Bethel at the elementary grade level.

Marian Blankenship with the PacificSource Foundation personally delivered a check to Bethel Health Center Director Brooke Cottle.

It’s the kind of drop-in visit the Health Center loves to welcome.

Blankenship brought the first of $50,000 promised by the Foundation over the next two years to provide school-based mental health services for Bethel students at the elementary grade level.

The Bethel Health Center provides comprehensive health care services for Bethel students – everything from well-child exams to treatment of acute illnesses or injury – out of its clinic located inside Cascade Middle School.

With the grant from the PacificSource Foundation, the Health Center is able to provide mental health services in the school setting rather than requiring students and parents come to the Health Center for assistance.

Wonderful Watercolor Wins Art Show

Her watercolor – created on a found background – has earned the First Place Award for Willamette’s Rylee Schuch at the LCC High School Art Show

Willamette senior Rylee Schuch has been awarded First Place at the LCC High School Art Show.

Her watercolor was painted on a “found background” – an old map donated by a history teacher.

Rylee is an Advanced Fine Arts student working towards her Advanced Career Endorsement.

There are 10 WHS students with work on display at the 13th annual LCC High School Art Show.

It runs until April 19th in Lane Community College’s Building 11.

Kalapuya Grant Funds New GIS And Outdoor Education

Kalapuya students will work from the shore and will use the school’s fleet of canoes to map plants around Fern Ridge Reservoir this spring.

A $20,000 grant will soon send Kalapuya High School students out in the field for a mapping project with the Army Corps of Engineers.

The grant from the Mozilla Gigabit Community Fund will provide handheld Geographic Information System (GIS) computers via a partnership with the National Science Foundation. It will be administered through the Bethel Education Foundation.

Kalapuya students will assist with a comprehensive mapping of invasive species and culturally important plants around Fern Ridge Reservoir. They will also monitor the ecological restoration projects that KHS students have completed in recent years.

Students will stream the GIS data back to the Army Corp, getting literal hands-on training with emerging GIS technology, which could be a new career path.

Kalapuya’s is one of only 14 projects in five American cities awarded by the latest Mozilla Gigabit Community Fund.

Champions! WHS Takes State Culinary Title

The Willamette Culinary Team, with the leadership of teacher Martha Humphreys (front), has won the state Culinary championship.

The Willamette High School Culinary team has won the Oregon State ProStart Culinary Championship, the school’s first state Culinary title since 2007.

They will be traveling to Providence, Rhode Island next month to compete against all the other state champions in the country.

Congratulations to team members Cole Barnhardt, Tyler Livingston, Shane Wilder, Taylor Woolett, Jessica Barnhardt, teacher Martha Humphreys and coaches Jesus Diaz, Bruce Cameron and Erin Emmert.

Cole Barnhardt also won the Oregon ProStart student of the year award and a $1,000 scholarship to an Oregon culinary school of his choice.

Here’s a look at one of their last practices before they won the state championship.

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