Letters for news week ending Friday, Dec. 20
37th Annual Toy N Joy a success
The Merchants' Toy N Joy Auction Committee would like to thank everyone who helped make our 37th annual auction, "A Hometown Heroes Christmas," such a success. We consider each of our generous guests, volunteers and the many local businesses, agencies and individuals who donated cash and auction items as Hometown Heroes for making the holiday season brighter for local children and families in need. The Merchants' Toy N Joy Auction, held on Dec. 7, grossed $48,000 this year. Funds have been distributed to the following Columbia County agencies: Columbia River Fire & Rescue Volunteer Firefighters (Toy & Joy); Kiwanis Club of St. Helens (Holiday Hope); and Scappoose Fire Department (Share & Care).
The Columbia Pacific Food Bank received $7,600 from the evening's paddle raise. We wish to especially thank several of the key contributors to the evening's activities: Santa Merle Pence; Columbia River Fire and Rescue Volunteer Firefighters; St. Helens High School Kiwanis Key Club; and Mrs. Schaffer, second-grade teacher at Lewis and Clark Elementary, who assembled students' hero quotes featured in our decorations. And, of course, our thanks to Mark Kuhn, our legendary auctioneer.
Additionally, I personally wish to thank our committee's board and volunteers. It is truly an honor to work with such a dedicated team that puts in countless hours each year to make the evening magical. Save the date (and that ugly Christmas sweater for our 2020 theme) for next year's auction on Saturday, Dec. 5.
Merchants' Toy-N-Joy Auction Benefit Inc.
Opportunity to work with robotics students
The Scappoose High School robotics club participates in FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) as Team 4662 Byte Sized. The team is now entering its eighth year of competition and is looking for people that may be interested in being mentors with the team.
The FRC program is based on having professionals from various skill areas providing hands-on mentoring and training with the students in a project team environment.
We need adults with a variety of experiences that are willing to bring that experience to the team members. Skill areas include, but are not limited to:
> Business: team management, administration, project planning, grant writing and fundraising.
> Media: social media, website content and general public relations.
> Design: problem analysis, brainstorming techniques, components and CAD.
> Fabrication: machine shop, welding, CNC and 3D printing
> Electrical: low-voltage wiring and sensor electronics
> Computer administration and programming: Linux, Windows, Java, Python, and C++ and FRC specific computer systems
> Woodworking: building game pieces for robot practice and travel furniture for the team competition "pit"
> Administration: general paperwork and logistics.
We need your help! If any of this sounds interesting, please get hold of Byte Sized by filling in the Contact form found on the team website: https://www.bytesized4662.org/home/contact-us. For more information about the overall program check out the information at https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/frc.
Byte Sized Robotics
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