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Vote for Clear Creek
Clear Creek Middle School ranks in the top 10 for a prestigious national award with a prize of $150,000 of technology equipment for inventing an innovative escape hatch for homes in case of flooding.
A $15,000 award also is up for grabs and depends on a public vote to win.
Clear Creek was in second place in the public voting but has dropped to third. Voting for the $15,000 Community Choice Award closes at 11:59 p.m. eastern time Monday, April 2.
You can vote and watch the video of Clear Creek's project at samsung.com/us/solvefortomorrow/.
Reynolds High hosts
spring break carnival
Once again, Reynolds High School is presenting its popular carnival for spring break fun from Thursday, March 22, through Sunday, April 1, in the Reynolds Middle School parking lot at 1200 N.E. 201st Ave., Fairview.
The carnival will be open 3-10 p.m. Thursday, March 22, and noon to 10 p.m. Friday, March 23, though Sunday, April 1. An unlimited-ride wristband costs $25, a book of 10 tickets is $32 and individual tickets are $3.75.
Proceeds from the carnival will support student activities at the high school.
MHCC opens contest
for student essays
The fifth-annual peace and nonviolence conference at Mt. Hood Community College will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, April 12, in the Student Union, 26000 S.E. Stark St.
The event, "Peace and Justice from the Heart Conference," will include workshops, a Native American drum circle, talks by local peace activists and a student contest for the best essays by high school and MHCC students on a peace or social justice-related topic.
Workshops will focus on such topics as unlearning racism, mindfulness, nonviolent communication and dances of universal peace.
The West Columbia Gorge Rotary Club will again award three MHCC students and three local high school students $50 stipends for the best essays or presentations on issues related to peace and justice.
Big 5-0 birthday
To mark it's 50th birthday, Barlow will hold a gala fundraising dinner at McMenamin's Edgefield, 2126 S.W. Halsey St., Troutdale, on Friday, May 18. There will be entertainment, speakers and a silent auction, all to support Barlow students. A no-host bar social hour starts at 6 p.m., with a buffet dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets are $50.
The school is also planning other events to honor Barlow's half-century mark. For more information and to buy gala tickets, visit: barlow50.org.
Corbett holds bingo
The Corbett Education Foundation is hosting a Family Fun Bingo Night Saturday, April 7, to raise money to support the district's scholarship program.
Dinner starts at 5 p.m. and bingo at 6 p.m. The fun costs $10 per person for those 14 years-old and older and $5 per person for those 13 and younger. That includes pizza, salad, a beverage, cookie and two bingo cards per person. Lots of fun prizes including dinner at Tad's Chicken 'n Dumplins and golf and Gresham Golf Course.
The school is at 35800 E. Historic Columbia River Highway.