Centennial wins national contest, district taps 2 new board members, Gresahm-Barlow honors staff

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: CENTENNIAL SCHOOL DISTRICT - Centennial High just won a national contst and will donate the $5,000 prize to its mobile food bank. The school runs multiple food drives every year to stock the food pantry bus with food for people facing hunger. Centennial High students win $5,000

Business leadership students at Centennial High School were awarded a $5,000 grant for their mobile food pantry program, Food4Families, and a $1,000 grant for the school. The grants are a result of the students' participation in the Lead2Feed national leadership program.

Lead2Feed is a student leadership and service learning program inspired by co-founder and former CEO of Yum! Brands David Novak. The lessons encourage students to develop leadership, literacy and teamwork by completing service learning projects.

Centennial taps 2 new board members

The Centennial School Board appointed Ronald "Jess" Hardin and Claudia Andrews to the board, to serve out the terms of Chairwoman Shar Giard and member Gloria Ngezaho, who resigned.

The two were appointed after public interviews of five candidates at the June 6 board meeting. They will take the oath of office at the July 11 meeting.

Hardin is a produce buyer who has lived in the district for about two years and has a child that will start kindergarten at Meadows Elementary School in September. Andrews, retired from the Bonneville Power Administration, has lived in the district for 28 years and has served on the district budget committee.

Retiring Chairwoman Giard had served on the board for 12 years. She received flowers and a standing ovation at the June 6 board meeting, her last. Giard said as a citizen she would still work on district projects such as the high school's mobile food pantry Food4Families and to pass a facilities bond.

Teens learn digital design at library

This free workshop will introduce kids in grades six through 12 to the world of graphic design and digital art making. The class runs from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at the Rockwood Library, 17917 S.E. Stark St. Participants of all skill levels will learn to design and print flyers, posters or greeting cards using simple design software and learn how to scan and digitize hand-drawn artwork. They'll learn the basics of art making and photo editing software. Call 503-988-5123 for more information.

Centennial snags $1.2 million grant

The Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission gave a $1.2 million technology grant to the Centennial School District as part of its TechSmart Initiative for Student Success.

The grant will pay for math and science teachers in grades seven through nine at Centennial Middle School and Centennial High School to get extra training. Over the next four years, the educators will hone their skills in integrated project-based learning, culturally-relevant practices and effective use of technology. The training will focus on supporting English learners and students with disabilities.

The MHCRC will "strategically invest" about $19 million through 2024 in public schools to "positively impact academic outcomes." Earlier, Gresham-Barlow School District received $1.4 million and Reynolds $1.3 million.

Compartiendo Nuestras Tradiciones at library

Gerardo Calderon and Nelda Reyes from the music group Grupo Condor, will share Latin America's rich and diverse musical culture that is an important part of many Latino celebrations and traditions. The free event runs from 3:30-4:30 Saturday, June 16, at the Fairview-Columbia Library, 1520 N.E. Village St.

These traditions have been passed down from generation to generation. Guests are invited to join in singing the traditional songs while learning about their meaning and origin. Call 503-988-5123 for more information.

Centennial honors two employees

Penny Close, lead secretary at Pleasant Valley Elementary School, and Doreen Schwindt, a first-grade teacher at Wood Elementary (now Powell Butte), were honored as the Centennial School District's top employees this year with Triple C awards. Close has worked for the district for 15 years and Schwindt for 35 years. Employees are nominated by their coworkers. Winners set a high standard for others through their caring commitment and creativity.

PGE gives grants for education

PGE Foundation handed out $568,857 in educational grants, some of which directly benefit students in East Multnomah County. The grants went to 43 programs statewide, each working to close the achievement gap and improve educational opportunities for all students regardless of economic, racial or social backgrounds. Locally, a $25,000 grant went to the nonprofit All Hands Raised, which works with Centennial, Gresham-Barlow and Reynolds school districts. College Possible, which works with Centennial, Gresham and Reynolds high schools, received a $17,500 grant. East Metro STEAM Partnership got a $25,000 grant.

MHCC's student newspaper wins awards

Mt. Hood Community College's weekly student-run newspaper, "The Advocate," recently won 20 category awards at the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association Collegiate Day. Earning a combination of first, second, and third places, "The Advocate" staff won more awards than any other two-year college newspaper at the event. ONPA's annual Collegiate Day recognized work published during the 2017 calendar year.

The student staff won eight first-place awards in the two-year college category. "The Advocate" also won third place for overall general excellence.

Gresham-Barlow honors staff

The Gresham-Barlow School District honored support staff, so-called classified staff, that go "above and beyond the call of duty" with newly-created ABCD awards. The latest outstanding employees named are: Andrea Tusow, elementary secretary at Hogan Cedars Elementary; Concepcion Diaz, educational assistant at Hollydale Elementary; Cris Cristurean, custodian at East Gresham Elementary;

Dean Cox, campus monitor at Clear Creek Middle School; Eric Peterson, custodian at Barlow High School; Glenda Tate, educational assistant at Highland Elementary; JoAnne Grant, educational assistant at North Gresham Elementary; Koryna Herreid, head secretary at Springwater Trail High School; Neil Zeisler, custodian at Gordon Russell Middle School and Peggy Barone, educational assistant at Powell Valley Elementary.

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