Champions of the 6th annual ACE Awards will be announced at the awards ceremony April 26th at Valley River Inn.

34 Bethel educators and volunteers will be honored at the 6th annual ACE Awards.

Sponsored by the local business community, the ACE (A Champion in Education) Awards recognizes exemplary work by teachers, classified staff, volunteers and administrators.

The winners in the four categories will be announced at the ACE Awards ceremony on Tuesday, April 26th at the Valley River Inn.

Each Champion will receive $1,000 for the school or program of their choice.

Here is the list of Bethel nominees:
Classified Staff: Leslie Brown, Nancy Case, Scott Gese, Terrance Gray Janice Matti, Michelle Mullins, Annette Munger, Ana Padilla, Patty Pilaczynski, Peggy Remm, Barb Roberts, Maria Studebaker, and Karen Wiant.

Teachers (Licensed Staff): Gabe Combs, Bridget Drobac, Rod Gingery, Terry Harrison, Joe Ingram, Erin Muessle, Greg Newton, Bonnie Nussbaum, Sheila Otto, Bob Saunders, Jennifer Smyly, Athena Sullivan, and Regan Weaver.

Volunteers: Marilyn Cevallos, Cecil Dammen, Janet Drake, Hiedi Fristoe, and Shawn Lambert.

Administrators: Peter Burrows, Colt Gill, and Lori Smith.

This speed monitor has already slowed traffic in front of Malabon Elementary.

Drivers passing in front of four Bethel schools will be seeing a reminder that they are in a school zone.

Two portable monitors are now displaying the speed limit and drivers’ actual speeds as they pass the schools.

The speed monitors are designed to make the area safer for students who walk and bike to school.

Two monitors have been purchased through a Safe Routes to School Grant, and will be shared between the four Bethel schools that chose to be involved in the grant: Meadow View, Prairie Mountain, Malabon and Irving.

The electronic devices will be rolled out in the morning and stored in the schools and recharged overnight. Each school will have the monitor for about a month at a time on a rotating basis.

Nearly 600 people have utilized the annual clothes exchange, taking home more than two tons of clothes.

Families will have a chance to clean out their closets to help fellow Bethel families.

Donations are now being accepted for the third annual Bethel Clothes Giveaway.

Organizers are collecting lightly used children’s clothes, which can be dropped off at any Bethel school.

The kids’ clothes – infant through teen-sized – will be laundered, sorted, and given away at a clothes exchange at Fairfield Elementary on May 1st.

Volunteers from Bethesda Lutheran Church organize and run the annual event, which resulted in more than a ton of clothes being exchanged each of the last two years.

For more information contact Jennifer at (541) 463-9854, or email at

Bethel's John Edlund takes a chain saw to a downed tree at Clear Lake Elementary.

Mother Nature battered the area with high winds and driving rain Sunday, but Bethel’s Maintenance crews were quick responders to the situation.

An immediate check of the district’s facilities showed no structural damage, although there were plenty of branches and one tree blown down.

Crews were cleaning up before sunrise Monday, hauling away truckloads of debris and repairing a few roof leaks. A chainsaw dispatched the downed tree at Clear Lake Elementary well before students arrived.

Cheers to Director of Maintenance Pat Bradshaw and his crack staff for their ever-professional and efficient work throughout the district, during emergency situations and otherwise.

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