Kraxberger Middle School eighth-graders may someday save a life thanks to a lesson on hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation in their physical education classes. In Oregon, completing CPR instruction is a requirement for high school graduation.
A team from the Gladstone Fire Department was on hand to provide instruction using inflatable practice manikins.
"This may be the most important thing you learn this year," said firefighter Izaak Thoman. "Someday you may need to save the life of a friend or family member."
Milwaukie kid demands Safe Routes funding
Last week, Linwood Elementary School student Trey Niggeman was among the five kids who testified before the Joint Committee on Transportation Preservation and Modernization. Having never before been to the Capitol, he and his mother, Ane Roth of Milwaukie, spoke out for Safe Routes to School.
Trey testified and delivered 1,000 postcards from families across Oregon who have joined the For Every Kid Coalition in support of expanding Safe Routes to School to every kid in Oregon. Trey has been testifying locally in the Portland metro area for five years to try to make the streets around his school safe. He is now 10 years old and has not seen any safety improvements.
"I live just over a quarter-mile from school, and I can't safely walk and bike there," Trey said. "We need you (senators and representatives) to support the priorities of House Bill 3230 (in the Transportation Package). You can have a big impact, and that's why we are all here, right?"
The students made their way to Salem after a whirlwind call to action by the For Every Kid Coalition in the weeklong window between when HB 2017 became public and the public hearings. Safe Routes to School is named in the package, but Oregon kids showed up to demand more "adequate" funding.
Milwaukie's newest Eagle Scouts
Milwaukie Troop 144 honored Parker Eggiman, Bryan Hunter and Corwyn Bradeen when they were awarded their Eagle Scout rank during a May 21 ceremony at St. John the Baptist Church in Milwaukie.
The Eagle Scout is the highest rank and achievement of the Boy Scouts of America. An Eagle Scout completes at least 21 merit badges and organizes a service project that benefits his church, community or school.
For their Milwaukie service projects, Corwyn Bradeen created a meditative space for the Griffin Center, a Catholic retreat center, and Bryan Hunter landscaped a small garden with shrubbery, cleaned out a storage area, and created a pathway next to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. Both scouts currently attend La Salle Catholic College Preparatory. Central Catholic High School senior Parker Eggiman's project involved mapping their 1,000 donor bricks recently installed at the opening of the new Monsignor Tim Murphy Center in the fall of 2016.
All three boys have been together in scouting, advancing through the ranks while earning a combined total of 96 merit badges and camping over 250 nights under the dedicated leadership of Joe Keller, Tony Keagbine and Duane Ternes. The highlight of their scouting years was traveling in 2012 as a troop to Yellowstone National Park and attending the Island Park summer camp in Idaho. Since then Bradeen and Eggiman have been initiated into the Order of the Arrow (Wauna La-Mon'Tay Lodge), which is known as the National Honor Society for Scouting.
After graduation, Eggiman will study computer and electrical engineering at Oregon State University and Bradeen travels to University of Denver for courses in math/biology. Hunter is undecided on a major, but will attend the University of Portland.
Working Hard At Creating Kindness (WHACK) campaign
Don't understand what WHACK means? That's precisely the point. Prompted by a slew of racially charged incidents that occurred at Oregon City High School, the student council members were determined to help change the environment at their school for the better. After some brainstorming and careful planning, the student council group launched the WHACK, Working Hard At Creating Kindness, campaign.
Equipped with their simple yet powerful message, and funding from Oregon City Together, the student council blanketed the school with fliers and posters, sold T-shirts and passed out stickers, all with just one word on it: WHACK.
"If you see the signs or T-shirts and don't know what WHACK means, you want to ask. Then when you learn it means Working Hard At Creating Kindness, it reminds you what a positive thing that is, and that we all need to make a conscious effort to do just that," OC parent Karen Lane said.
An ambiguous word was exactly the point of using a message that nobody knew. The student council members wanted to start a dialogue among their fellow students. To ask one another what WHACK meant also started a conversation about being kind to one another, and was a reminder that being inclusive and welcoming to all students, regardless of differences, created a diverse and exceptional learning environment.
Oregon City Together, a youth substance abuse prevention organization, was proud to contribute to the youth-led campaign.
"Some people may not see the connection between youth substance abuse prevention and a campaign like WHACK," OCT Board Member Lane said. "But the reality is that when people work hard at being kind to one another and inclusive of each other, people are less likely to abuse substances like drugs and alcohol because they don't feel left out or alone."
The WHACK swag has continued to be passed around, with more than 3,000 stickers and 300 T-shirts distributed, so far. The student council also has challenged their fellow students and administrators to participate in weekly "WHACK challenges," an opportunity to be recognized and appreciated for an act of kindness, that is displayed on their OCTV broadcasts.
"This year, our school experienced multiple acts of hate from a small group of students. This gave OCHS a bad reputation and made our students feel unsafe in our halls," said Devyn Glenn, organizer of the WHACK campaign and a student council member. "However, my committee knew that these acts weren't the majority opinion. We wanted a creative way for the kindness from the majority of students to overshadow the hate at our school."
Celebrate Latino culture at CCC
Learn more about different Latino cultures, Clackamas Community College offerings, and community resources while enjoying food, dancing and soccer at Festival Latino on June 17 at CCC, 19600 Molalla Ave., Oregon City.
The festival begins with a children's soccer tournament at 8 a.m. and continues with events including:
Andean music by Tito Amaya, 12:40-1:10 p.m.
Mariachi music by Stephanie Martinez, 1:50-2:50 p.m.
Low-cost Mexican food by 5 de Mayo Restaurant and Bakery, 2:30-4 p.m.
Aztec dancing by Mixicatiahui, 3:10-4 p.m.
Starting at 2 p.m., festival attendees can sign up to win 12 credits of CCC tuition. Radio station 93.1 El Rey will be on hand to announce the winner live on air later in the afternoon.
Clackamas Community College representatives will be onsite with information on English as a Second Language, General Education Development, and Adult Basic Education courses. Community partners will have information on small-business development, immigrant and refugee support, family services and more.
"This festival is a wonderful opportunity to introduce Latino families to the college and the many resources we provide," Skills Development Department Chair Camilo Sanchez said. "It is also an opportunity for the Latino community to connect with other community resources."
OC students boost bike tourism
Seventh- and eighth-grade students at Springwater Environmental Sciences School in unincorporated Oregon City have been working to help create a mountain biking trail guide to complement the new Timber Trail that runs north and south across the entire state.
The collection of pre-existing trails already legal for bicycling begins near Lakeview on the California border, runs through Central Oregon and ends in the Columbia River Gorge. Tourism and biking advocates working with the U.S. Forest Service hope to transform the 650 miles of mostly primitive trails into a "world-class experience" over the next few years.
Springwater students participating in the project researched a cultural landmark and geological landform to include in the trail guide. The school invited local bike shops and bike enthusiasts to come to Springwater on June 7 to listen to students present their findings.
"This is a great example of place-based education in a new exciting format," said Katie Rasouli, Springwater teacher.
Sign up for CCC music camp
Learn to sing, write songs and perform live during Clackamas Community College's Contemporary Voices Summer Music Camp from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 17-21 in the Niemeyer Center, 19600 Molalla Ave., Oregon City.
This camp is ideal for high school students as well as adults (junior high students will be considered). Hosted by the Music Department and led by Kathleen Hollingsworth, director of vocal music, the five-day camp includes sessions in:
Practical music skills
From 6 to 9 p.m. daily, campers have the opportunity to stay and work in CCC's studios and leave at the end of camp with a professional recording.
Camp cost is $150. Recording sessions are an additional $50. A limited number of scholarships are available.
To enroll, visit clackamas.edu/Music/SummerCamp.