Centennial holds listening session
Centennial School District invites community members to a forum from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, as part of the district's visioning process for a new strategic plan for the district's next five years. Snacks, child care and language interpreters will be provided.
qualify for subsidized meals
About 86 percent of the students in the Reynolds School District are from families with income low enough to qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, according to statistics released recently by the Oregon Department of Education.
In the Reynolds district, lunch costs $2.75 in elementary school, $2.95 in middle school and $3.10 in high school.
Reynolds has the highest number of low-income students in East County, followed by the Centennial School District with 68 percent qualifying for subsidies. At Gresham-Barlow, 63 percent of students qualify and in Corbett 23 percent can get a free or reduced-price lunch.
A family of four must earn $31,980 or less per year to get a free meal and $45,510 or less to get a reduced-price lunch.
Some schools have such a high percentage of poor students that no student is charged for a meal.
Fairview library hosts sensory storytime
Library story hours can be overwhelming for children on the autism spectrum or kids with sensory issues.
The Fairview-Columbia Library, 1520 N.E. Village St., will hold a free, specially-designed storytime for these youths from 3:30-4:15 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, and most Mondays.
Registration is not necessary. Call 503-988-5123 for more information.
School bus drive collects 300 coats
The Centennial School District's transportation department held a "Stuff the Bus" coat drive on Saturday, Dec. 1, and gathered more than 300 new and gently-used winter coats to keep families warm this winter.