Counselors at local schools are stretched thin, teens can create comics at library

OUTLOOK PHOTO: TERESA CARSON - Coming to school on the bus. School counselors are stretched thin

School counselors in East Multnomah County districts are serving far more students than is recommended, statistics released recently by the Oregon Department of Education show.

The Reynolds School District has a counselor for every 391 students. Gresham-Barlow School District has one counselor for every 440 students, and Centennial School District has one counselor for every 556 students. Tiny Corbett School District with 1,211 students does not have any counselors, the ODE statistics show.

School districts facing tight budgets make different decisions about how to spend limited funds and how to staff. The national recommendation is one counselor for every 250 students.

'Screenagers" shown at Deep Creek-Damascus

The Parent-Teacher Organization at Deep Creek-Damascus K-8 School will show the movie "Screenagers" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at the school, 14151 S.E. 242d Ave. The film is about the impact of the digital age on children and how to help them minimize harmful effects of screen time and social media and find balance. The free screening is appropriate for students ages 11 and older.

Teens can learn to create comics

Artist Carlos Nieto will teach teens how to make comics from writing to designing to drawing. Every major aspect of the comic book process will be explored. Participants will choose what panel layouts to work with and through some simple thought exercises, budding artists will start to unleash their imaginations and create a masterpiece of comics, graphic novels or zines.

This free workshop runs from 4-5:15 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, at the Gresham Library, 385 N.W. Miller Ave. Call 503-988-5123 for more information.

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