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University's social work programr receives accreditation, NHS performing arts group will stage fundraiser

George Fox social work program is accredited

The George Fox University social work program received a maximum eight-year extension on its accreditation, the university announced in a recent press release. According to the release, the decision reaffirms the program's accreditation until February 2026.

"The announcement indicates that the program is meeting the rigorous accreditation standards set forth by CSWE and affirms the quality of the education being provided," the release stated. "It's also a testament to the fact George Fox graduates are obtaining the knowledge, values and skills needed to become competent professional social workers."

Clifford Rosenbohm, director of the School of Social Work, said in the release that the Christian and Quaker history of GFU is in line with the mission of social workers.

"We tell students coming in when we interview them and at orientation that we take our mission seriously," he said. "We are a Christ-centered institution. While that doesn't mean all of our students profess Christianity, we intentionally integrate religion and spirituality into our curriculum."

Graduates of the program go on to work at mental health clinics, adoption agencies, substance abuse and affordable housing programs, among other jobs in a growing field. More information on the program can be found at www.georgefox.edu.

Fundraiser on tap for NHS performing arts group

The Newberg High School performing arts department is hosting a fundraiser from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Chipotle, 21332 S.W. Langer Farms Parkway in Sherwood. Thirty-three percent of proceeds will go to the arts department if diners mention the fundraiser to the cashier.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - At the regional tournament for Oregon Battle of the Books, all six elementary schools in the Newberg School District competed. Edwards Elementary, Crater Elementary and Joan Austin Elementary all had teams in the final four as well. The biggest winner of the day was the Edwards Elementary team coached by Tammy Brookfield, called the 'Edwards Battling Bookworms,' who won the regional tournament and will move on to the state championships. Battle of the Books is a reading incentive program for kids that pits teams of readers against each other in game-like tests of comprehension. The Edwards Battling Bookworms will compete against other regional winners from Oregon at the state competition on April 6. On Monday, the district announced that another local Battle of the Books team is headed to state. The 'Readers of Middle Earth' from Mountain View Middle School won their region and will compete at the state level as well.

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