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Gaston sets kindergarten roundup event

Gaston Elementary School will host a kindergarten roundup from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 1, in the school library.

Prospective kindergartners must turn 5 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2014. Parents need to bring their child’s birth certificate, immunization records and proof of residency to complete the enrollment process.

For more information, call Gaston Elementary School at 503-985-7240.

Gaston OKs extended campus program

The Gaston School Board passed a motion to authorize an extended-campus, dual credit program at its meeting April 10.

The program allows Gaston students to stay enrolled for a fifth year of high school while they also enroll in a community college or Oregon public university. Students receive scholarships of almost $5,000 to cover tuition, books and a new tablet computer.

Students who have completed Gaston High School’s graduation requirements won’t technically receive a diploma until they finish the program. Administrators will check in with students and on their progress during the fifth year.

The Yamhill-Carlton School District allows for its students to participate in a similar program.

Historical Society notes book cover contest

Think you’ve got what it takes to design book covers? Oregon and Southwest Washington middle and high school students are invited to try their hand at designing a cover for the Oregon Historical Society Book Cover Design Contest.

To enter, students must send a high-resolution PDF of their book cover to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. A book title and “blurb” of 75 words or fewer must accompany the design, and should describe the imagined story and its link to Oregon history. Students must include their name, contact information, school and grade level in their email submission.

Submission deadline is May 31. The grand prize winner will receive $150, second place will receive $100, and third place will receive $50. Find additional details at oregonencyclopedia.org/content/design_contest.

Latino culture focus of PCC’s Semana de la Raza

Portland Community College’s Rock Creek Campus will host the Eighth Annual Semana de la Raza (“Week of the people”) from April 21-25 at the Event Center, Building 9, 17705 N.W. Springville Road.

This event, which has a theme this year of “El color de la vida” or “the color of life,” is the college’s annual celebration of Latino culture with a weeklong schedule of workshops, speakers and entertainment. It is free and open to the public.

Semana de la Raza begins with its kick-off day from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, April 21, featuring live music from the Tom Bergeron Brasil Band (11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and Los Dos de Atarés (2 to 3 p.m.), as well as food from La Taqueria Hermanos Ochoa’s. From 3 to 4 p.m., organizers will show clips from Mexican television series “El Chavo Del Ocho” and be followed by a brief discussion of the show’s cultural impact.

Other highlights include journalist Todd Miller’s talk from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 23 about his new book, “Border Patrol Nation,” which documents how border patrol and immigration enforcement has expanded over the last several years. On Thursday, April 24, the week closes with the Cesar Chavez Distinguished Service Awards and Reception from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The ceremony will feature awards, a Semana de la Raza poster competition, an essay contest and musical guest Edna Vazquez.

For more information, visit pcc.edu/semana or call 971-722-7279.

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