Stoller student ranks in STEM competition, Lions Club seeks peace posters, and more.

Walk, bike to school day set for Oct. 4

International Walk and Bike to School Day, an annual event that promotes walking and biking, is this Wednesday, Oct. 4.

More walking and biking to school reduces traffic congestion near schools, increases community traffic safety, and integrates physical activity into students' daily routines.

Some Beaverton School District schools are registered as official Walk and Bike to School day participants. To find out if your child's school is registered, and to learn more about the day, contact visit or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Stoller student ranks in STEM competition

Stoller Middle School student Mithra Karamchedu is a Top 30 finalist in the Broadcom MASTERS, a prestigious STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) competition for middle school students. Karamchedu was selected by a panel of distinguished scientists and engineers from a record high of 2,499 applicants in 37 states, Puerto Rico and the Department of Defense overseas.  

Karamchedu will travel to Washington, D.C. for the Broadcom MASTERS final competition from October 19-25 to compete for more than $100,000 in awards, including a top prize of $25,000. Featured recently on the Today Show, the Broadcom MASTERS is a program founded and produced by the Society for Science & the Public that seeks to inspire young scientists, engineers and innovators who will solve the grand challenges of the future.

Lions Club seeks 'future of peace'

 "The Future of Peace" is the topic for this year's Lions Club International Peace Poster Contest, and all students who will be 11, 12 or 13 years old as of November 15 are eligible to participate.  Any school, youth organization or individual children are eligible to enter a poster in the contest, according to Lions District Chair Marysue Tiedtke.

Parents of children in the Beaverton area wishing to participate can contact Beaverton Lions Club President Larry Lidberg at 503-649-4202 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or Cedar Hills Sunset Lions Club President Leslie Schlitt at 503-568-9466 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Local contests will be held the first week in November, so that the winner's entry can be submitted to District O Lions of Northwest Oregon by November 15. This is the 30th year for the Peace Poster Contest, and the international winner is awarded a $5,000 prize.

Local libraries allow online card sign-up

The Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) recently announced that residents may now apply online for an E-Access library card, and that students in the county many sign up for a Youth Access Card.

In the last few years, the E-Access card has become popular for students only seeking access to electronic resources, such as research databases and e-books. This card has been useful for schools that issue students tablet computers to complete classroom and homework assignments.

This September, in celebration of National Library Card Sign-up month, WCCLS began offering online registration for E-access cards for all residents through its website. 

With an E-Access card, people can download e-books and audiobooks, read publications such as the New York Times online, and access different educational and training resources through the library's partner websites.

Youth Access cards are designed for children up to 17 years old. In addition to providing access to electronic resources, the Youth Access card will allow up to five checkouts of books or audiobooks as well. It is designed to fill the gap between E-access only and a full service General library card.

Most registered library patrons have general WCCLS library cards, and if you currently have a general library card, there is no need to make a change.

Blair Stenvick
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