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A group of students and parents work on the two-day project in anticipation of the opening of school

GRAPHIC PHOTO: GARY ALLEN - Justin Patterson, whose son is a junior at Newberg High School, joined about a dozen other volunteers painting the science hall at the school in August.

Last week, with the school year fast approaching, administrators at Newberg High School put out a call to action.

They needed volunteers to come out to the high school and help repaint the science hallway, which – like many corridors of the high school – was in need of some refurbishment.

The project was a continuation of a tradition started last year, according to vice principal Mark Brown. In the summer of 2018, volunteers and staff worked together to take on a task as well.

"Last year we did a project with the main hall bathrooms and we decided that each summer we wanted to tackle one area of the school that needed some sprucing up," Brown said. "We don't have a ton of extra manpower or funds to do as much as we'd like to do, but the campus is getting older and definitely needs some updating."

Volunteers – many of whom were NHS students – descended on the science hallway on Aug. 19 to clean up the walls, remove some bulletin boards, apply painter's tape and lay on a layer of primer.

About a dozen people showed up for that portion of the project and it was done in short order.

After the primer had time to dry, volunteers returned to the hallway on Aug. 21 to apply the new layer of paint. A project that could have taken longer was finished in two days, which Brown said was "impressive," adding that about two-dozen students volunteered during the two days of work.

"We were able to get all the paint and supplies we needed – we just needed help doing it," Brown said. "All we did was put out a message on social media and through email to parents and students asking for their help, and a bunch of folks turned out. It was pretty amazing the response we got."

The first day of school for NHS freshmen was Tuesday; the rest of the school starts today. Brown said it was "great" for students to come out and take time to beautify the school with their summer coming to an end so soon.

"It was really encouraging to see how many people care about making the school a better place," Brown said. "Especially our students, who only have about a week and a half left of summer. It says a lot about the type of students that we have."

School briefs

Off campus info for NHS juniors and seniors

By the end of the day on Wednesday (Sept. 4), all juniors and seniors at Newberg High School will have received their Student ID cards. If those students have turned in their off campus release forms by the Aug. 28 deadline, they will have a symbol on their card allowing them to have lunch off campus. Students who plan to submit the form after the deadline need to bring it to the main office in order to receive their sticker, which will allow them to leave campus for lunch.

NHS seeking donations of safety supplies

Newberg High School has maintained a tradition for two years of placing safety buckets in each room across its campus, and it is seeking donations of some of the supplies in order to fill them.

The buckets include basic items that fill the needs of students in the event of a lockdown and they exist because evacuations of the building during lockdowns can sometimes take hours.

Items include bottled water, hard candies, non-latex disposable gloves and emergency blankets, and any amount of the aforementioned items can be donated to the school.

Volunteers needed for sporting events

The Newberg High School boosters are seeking volunteers to help out with concessions at home sporting events for the Tigers. The football team plays its first home game on Friday against South Salem, and the volleyball team opens up its home schedule on Thursday vs. Aloha. For more information on how to sign up as a volunteer at the concessions stands, visit bit.ly/2ZxmaAl.

50th reunion slated for Newberg High alumni

The Newberg High School classes of 1968, 1969 and 1970 have a three-day celebration planned to honor the class of 1969's 50th reunion. The festivities begin with an informal gathering at Round Table Pizza on Sept. 13. The next day the alumni will tour the high school and get together later that day at the Sherwood Art Center. On Sept. 15, alumni can attend a barbecue at Wilder Lake. Those who have not received an invitation or would like more information on the celebration, may contact Allan Hopp at 503-538-3421.


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