Clothes Giveaway Returns To Bethel

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

District Cleans Up From Storm

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.

Wolverines Finish 5th In State

The Lady Wolverines have their names on two championships and four trophies from the state tournament in the last five years.

A young Willamette girls basketball team has claimed 5th place in the 5A state tournament. It’s the fourth time in five years the Lady Wolverines have taken home a trophy from the state tourney.

Willamette wrapped up the tournament at the UO’s new Matthew Knight Arena with an overtime thriller, losing to Crescent Valley 57-53.

The Lady Wolverines feature a lineup with four freshmen and five sophomores, giving reason for fans to look forward to the possibility of another strong showing next season.

Community Invited To School Finance Update

Superintendent Colt Gill has already begun explaining the latest budget situation to Bethel staff.

Superintendent Colt Gill is welcoming the Bethel community to his presentation on the current school revenue situation and the potential impacts on Bethel School District.

The school finance update will take place Wednesday, March 9, 6:30 p.m. in the Shasta Middle School Library.

The community presentation will address current state funding scenarios, the Eugene City Income Tax proposal, employee concessions, and other related subjects. The talk will be brief, leaving plenty of time for questions and answers.

Superintendent Gill has already begun visiting each Bethel school and department with similar informational presentations for Bethel staff members.

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