OnPoint honors two local teachers, area schools get grants, make a bracelet at the library

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: GRESHAM-BARLOW SCHOOLS - Janine Kirstein, director of the Gresham High School choirs, with some of her singers. Local educators honored by OnPoint

Lucas Houck, a teacher at Corbett Middle School and Janine Kirsten, the Gresham High School choir director and music teacher, are finalists for the OnPoint Community Credit Union's Educator of the Year Award.

There are only two finalists in each category, K-8 and 9-12 grades, so Houck and Kirsten have a 50-50 chance of getting the honor. Winners will be announced May 22.

The winner gets their home mortgage paid for one year and $2,500 for their school. The runners up will get $2,500 for themselves and $1,000 for their schools.

Reynolds receives $70K state grant

Reynolds School District received three grants totaling $70,000 from the Oregon Department of Education to help fund an update to the district's master plan for facilities and assessments of district buildings.

The grants come from the state's School Facilities Assistance Program.

The district might not have qualified for the grants because it recently completed a facilities plan, but it did because of the high level of student poverty in the district.

East Multnomah Couny schools get ODE funds

The East County Pathways to College Success Consortium received an award of $300,000 from the Oregon Department of Education to continue the consortium's work to create a culture in which college is expected.

Consortium members include Mt. Hood Community College, Multnomah Education Service District and seven surrounding school districts: Centennial, Corbett, David Douglas, Gresham-Barlow, Oregon Trail, Parkrose and Reynolds.

The funds will be used to support students earning college credit in high school and increase college awareness among nontraditional and first-generation students.

Teens make groovy bracelets at library

Artists from Frickencute will teach children in grades six and higher how to make simple but beautiful woven beaded bracelets.

Participants can make all their friends and family one-of-a-kind gifts in the free workshop from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, at the Rockwood Library, 17917 S.E. Stark St. Call 503-988-5123 for more information.

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