Kalapuya High School
Grades: 10 through 12
Phone number: 541-607-9853
Fax number: 607-9857
Address: 1200 N. Terry,
Eugene, OR 97402
Driving instructions: Beltline to Barger Drive. West on Barger one mile. Left on Terry.
Kalapuya High School, students, staff and community members had the opportunity to witness the culmination of an exciting program undertaken by Will Larson’s Community 101 class. Community 101, funded by the RW Family Fund and the Oregon Community Foundation, is a program that offers students the chance to explore critical social issues within the Eugene/Springfield area and actually help make a difference. Students created a mission statement that reflected their desire to help the community and were bestowed $5,000 to award to local non-profits that supported their goals. Non-profits in the area are researched, contacted, visited, and asked to write grants that students reviewed and critiqued. Today Valerie Cunningham gave a stellar presentation in front of the student body and visiting non-profit board members and Community 101 students awarded four organizations their checks. The non-profits that received support were: The Relief Nursery – $1,700, Ophelia’s Place – $1,500, Mainstream Housing – $1,000, and Food For Lane County – $800.
THANK YOU to all the non-profits who applied and all of the students responsible for helping make a difference in our community!
Three Kalapuya students received scholarships that will support them as they pursue post-secondary education after they graduate in June. Genesis Ortega, Dominique Rasmussen, and Jennah Robbins each received $1,500 to pursue their studies.
While students learned that the Rotary Club works to eradicate polio and bring clean drinking water to people around the planet (among other projects), they also were impressed to find that local members worked this year to raise a record $53,500 from local donations to support college-bound students. Genesis, Dominique, and Jennah all have plans to ‘pay it forward’ and were ecstatic to receive the recognition and financial boost to continue their education.
Kalapuya students will be selling organic veggie starts (starting at $2), hanging baskets, and bags of compost this Saturday, May 10th, from 10-2 at the newly completed Kalapuya greenhouse. Students are excited to raise money for the education programs at Kalapuya and show of the greenhouse THEY built as well as the garden and apiary (beekeeping) program they have initiated.
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(Submitted by the Civics class at Kalapuya High School).
As part of Electives Week, Ms. Nussbaum’s Civics in Action class learned about state and local government from the people who help make the laws that we live by. We started out by visiting Mayor Kitty Piercy in her downtown office. After talking to the group about how city government operates and the issues confronting the city council, she graciously took questions from the students. Questions ranged from wondering who holds the power in Eugene, to what the city is doing to address homeless/hunger issues, to her views on how to improve the downtown. One of the interesting things we learned was that everything that comes before the council gets the “Triple Bottom Line” test – 1) what is the effect on natural resources, 2) how will it affect the economy, and 3) how does it affect the well-being of the citizens of Eugene.
On Tuesday, State Representative Val Hoyle visited Kalapuya. She talked to us about our district which she represents and gave insight to the positions she takes on various issues. She explained the ballot initiative process as both a good thing (it allows ordinary people to create law) and a bad thing (it allows special interest groups to get laws passed that are supported by a vocal minority). Part of her time was spent taking questions, some of which concerned Oregon’s stance on gay marriage, gun control and Obamacare. She talked to us about the benefits of the Affordable Care Act and pointed out that the Oregon Health Plan was already operating before the ACA became legal so Oregon has been at the forefront on universal health care, at least for children.
Wednesday, State Senator Chis Edwards visited the class. After giving the class a tutorial on how bills become law, Sen. Edwards talked about why students should care about what happens in Salem. He pointed out that government touches everyone’s lives on a daily basis and what is decided in Salem directly impacts us in a way the decisions at the federal level sometimes don’t. He also encouraged students to become involved in the voting process, pointing out that 18-30 year-olds vote at a much lower rate than senior citizens, so if they want a voice, they need to show up. Students were curious about what projects were on the Senate’s agenda, so he told them about proposed changes to Beltline which will cost up to $80 million. The purpose would be to expand Beltline to accommodate more traffic, relieving congestion. The dilemma is how to fund the project. Currently highway funds come from a gas tax, but since people are driving more fuel efficient cars, they are buying less gas, which lowers the amount of taxes coming into the highway fund. Some suggestions are to start charging drivers a tax on mileage, but no one can figure out how to implement this in a way people would agree to.
Last, but not least, School Board Chair Greg Nelson spoke with the class about how the school board fits into state and local politics. He pointed out that education is the stepping stone for everything else we do in life and because of this, decisions made by the school board directly affect the education students receive. He talked about budget issues facing the board, about the new building projects being overseen by the board, and what power the board has in decisions in Bethel. He talked about how Bethel School Board’s philosophy is to hire good people to take care of the day-to-day business so the board can concentrate on the bigger picture. He said that our school board really works hard at keeping focused on what’s good for kids. Nelson noted that we have one of the longest-serving school boards in the state of Oregon. Students also enjoyed learning about what Greg does when he’s not taking care of school board business – playing in the dirt in exotic places with 1000 year old bones!
On Monday, April 21, we will be visiting Pat Farr at his downtown office to learn about Lane County government. Many thanks to all of the officials who participated in this week of learning.
A benefit concert will be held this Friday, April 4th at Willamette’s Powers Auditorium for 2013 Wil-Hi grad Blake Nichols who is battling Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Blake has been accepted into a clinical trial treatment in Texas. His initial treatment was in January and he will go back for additional treatment in a few weeks. The benefit concert will feature four bands: Rootdown, The Little Rascalz, Pluto the Planet, and The Shifts. There will also be a silent auction from 5:30 – 6:15.
The tickets are on sale at Bi-Mart stores on Royal, River Road and 18th Ave.