Kalapuya High School

School garden education and field trips to the Bethel Farm will be funded by a $100,000 USDA grant.

Bethel’s current Farm to School program will be expanded thanks to a $100,000 grant from the USDA.

As the only grant recipient in Oregon, Bethel will be able to bring science-based school garden education and nutrition education to each of its elementary schools.

The grant will also fund student field trips to the Bethel Farm and cooking classes for Kalapuya High School students.

Willamette’s Graphic Arts students will design and develop signage for cafeterias and school menus, and create promotional materials for the Farm to School program and the district’s Try It Thursday program.

Bethel’s Nutrition Services Department also recently received a $5,000 award for its use and promotion of mushrooms in school meals.

The second annual Bethel Grad Walk was another tremendous success. Willamette and Kalapuya seniors – dressed in their graduation gowns and mortar boards – visited all Bethel elementary and middle schools. It was a chance to thank the teachers who helped them over the years, and to motivate young students to aim for graduation and beyond.

The public can purchase this honey harvested from Kalapuya High School hives. The limited supply is expected to be sold quickly.

The public can purchase this honey harvested from Kalapuya High School hives. The funds go back into the school’s impressive Agriculture program.

Back by popular demand, fresh honey is being sold by students at Kalapuya High School.

80 pounds of honey was harvested from the school’s own honey bee hives and was jarred just days ago.

KHS is selling the honey for $10 per pint jar, and it’s first come, first served. The honey sold out very quickly last year.

Contact teacher Rich Dambrov to make your purchase: Richard.dambrov@bethel.k12.or.us

Some of the harvested honey is kept for student culinary projects, and a small amount was given to students who took part in the program.

KHS also collected a few pounds of beeswax that was used for various craft projects.

Kalapuya's graduating class begins to celebrate at the conclusion of their commencement ceremony.

Kalapuya’s graduating class begins to celebrate at the conclusion of their commencement ceremony.

The Kalapuya High School class of 2016 has been celebrated in a commencement ceremony that featured personal recognition of all 32 graduates.

The bar keeps getting set higher by each successive year of Kalapuya seniors. This year’s graduating class established school records for the number of combined college credits earned and the amount of college scholarship money awarded.

Senior speeches were delivered by Cambria Jarrett, Jose Mora, Hanna Rodriguez and Mariah Sanchez. Many of the grads showed an impressive amount of determination after arriving at KHS with few high school credits.

Some persisted through a long climb toward graduation that included attending school as well as night school, while working at jobs and caring for family members.

Congratulations to the KHS class of 2016!

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