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Gorge Community Foundation awards scholarships and more

Gorge Community Foundation awarded more than $190,000 in scholarships and grants in May and June, benefiting students from several local communities as well as a wide range of public service initiatives across the bi-state region.

Summer camp “Animal habitats of the gorge” offered

What would it be like to be a bear, a fox, a raccoon, or an eagle? Kids ages 5 to 9 years old can explore “Animal Habitats of the Gorge” during a day camp Aug. 1-4, 9 a.m. to noon at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, 5000 Discovery Drive. Children will get to choose a favorite wild animal, then learn about each animal’s habitat.

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Gamez joins CGCC board

J. Carmen Gamez, horticulture manager for Orchard View Farms, was sworn in to serve on the Columbia Gorge Community College Board of Education Tuesday. He will replace M.D. Van Valkenbergh, who retired from the board in June. Gamez, 52, first came to The Dalles from California in 1972 when he was a boy. He attended the migrant education program for two years, and began working as a picker for Omeg Orchard as a teenager.

Schools test low for lead levels

While high lead levels were found in drinking water in some Portland schools, tests done on schools here produced results significantly below actionable levels. Testing was done in mid-June, with 74 samples taken at Chenowith, Dry Hollow and Colonel Wright elementaries, Wahtonka Community School, The Dalles High School and Mosier Community School. The EPA recommends that school water supplies showing lead levels above 20 parts per billion (ppb) be taken out of service.

TDHS seeks mentorships

The Dalles High School is working with the grassroots community group on building a mentorship program, the school board heard last Thursday.

Poll shows school tax support

In welcome news for school officials, a poll of 300 likely voters found 55 percent were willing to pay more taxes to repair or replace schools if the money is spent accountably and ensures access to a high quality modern education.

Symposium to address learning

An education symposium titled “Where our Children Learn,” which will focus on school facilities and has state Rep. John Huffman as special guest, is set for Saturday, June 18, at the Mid-Columbia Senior Center, 1112 W. 9th St. The symposium will have two sessions, at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., with the same panelists speaking at both sessions.

D21 suspends ‘zone waivers’

Ever since School District 21 was formed 12 years ago, it has allowed grade school students to attend a school in the district other than their “resident” school, if they chose.

Sugar drinks banned

Students were crabby for about the first week after The Dalles Middle School eased in a ban on bringing sugary and caffeinated drinks to school. But then they got over it.

School survey seeks dreams

The school district is encouraging citizens to take a new survey — either online or a meeting coming up — to share their hopes for what they want public education to look like in Oregon.

TD juniors aim for Disneyland

Class of 2017 has eyes on Disneyland

D21 scores improve

As Penny Grotting was analyzing winter test results from the local elementary schools, she began to notice something.

Two preschools unite in Moro

In the final educational merger in Sherman County, two non-profit pre-schools, one in Moro, one in Wasco, have agreed to combine into one entity starting in the fall.

College hikes fees and tuition

Students attending Columbia Gorge Community College this fall will see a tuition increase of $6 per credit hour and a new $25 admission fee for registering students as the institution seeks to fill a budget gap of $748,000 for the upcoming year. A number of current fees were also increased.

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Tackling Trauma

Compassion in the classroom is focus of ‘Trauma-informed schooling’

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