WHS Student To Speak At Rally

Jorge Contreras will be a featured speaker at a rally for education on the steps of the state capitol.

Willamette Senior Jorge Lopez Contreras will be one of the featured speakers at a statewide rally for education at the state capital.

Organized by the child advocacy group Stand For Children, the Salem rally on President’s Day is an attempt to show legislators the strong support for education in Oregon. The annual gathering on the capitol steps attracts hundreds if not thousands of people.

Contreras was a recent winner of a $2,500 Beat the Odds scholarship from Stand For Children. He is also a Mr. Wolverine contestant, a member of the Student Health Center’s Teen Advisory Council, an appointed member of the Superintendent’s Long-Term Budget Planning Committee, and the student representative to the Bethel School Board.

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WHS Students Respond To South Eugene Tragedy

Willamette students send messages of condolence to South Eugene students on a 15 foot purple banner.

In the wake of the weekend deaths of two South Eugene High School boys, Willamette students are sending their condolences in the form of a 15 foot banner.

WHS students have been encouraged to write personal messages on the banner, which will be delivered to South.

Those involved in the Mr. Wolverine Pageant are behind the idea of the banner because the two South Eugene boys who drowned in an accident on the Oregon coast were part of the Mr. Axeman Pageant. Both school’s popular events are designed to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network.

OBOB Teams Battle For School Championships

Nearly 100 Shasta students have taken part in OBOB battles.

Hundreds of Bethel kids are now putting their reading comprehension skills on the line. Oregon Battle of the Books teams are squaring off to determine individual school champions. The winners will advance to the District’s OBOB competition and the state regional tournament.

OBOB is a quick recall competition based on students’ ability to answer questions about pre-selected novels. Each of Bethel’s schools stage their own in-school OBOB competitions to determine which four-person teams earn a trip to the OBOB Regional competition.

OBOB’s mission is to encourage and recognize students who enjoy reading, to broaden reading interests, and to increase reading comprehension.

Student Health Center Receives Big Boost

Construction of the Bethel Student Health Center is underway inside Cascade Middle School.

There’s a welcome surprise for the Bethel Student Health Center, which is now under construction and is scheduled to open in May.

The Center has just been awarded a $45,000 grant from the PacificSource Charitable Foundation. The funding for the 2011-12 school year will allow the Center to stay open longer and provide medical care to more Bethel students.

The Student Health Center will be completely equipped, staffed and operated through grants and donations. No school district funds will be used for this facility.

A former Home Ec. room at Cascade Middle School is now being renovated for the Student Health Center, which will eventually provide comprehensive physical, mental and preventive health services to all Bethel students and Bethel Head Start students.

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