Community education classes are starting up again this Thursday at Wahtonka Community School, with a range of classes from guitar to knitting to movie discussions.
With the help of sponsors, St. Mary’s Academy is bringing Jodee Blanco, billed as the country’s most sought-after anti-bullying speaker, to The Dalles for a daylong workshop on Tuesday, Sept. 20.
Jodee Blanco was bullied at school from the fifth grade on. An “old soul” who was different and didn’t fit in, she was beaten, stoned, teased, left out, and invited to fake parties as a set-up. Now she’s a New York Times bestselling author who has taken the principles of her top seller, “Please Stop Laughing at Me,” to over 500,000 students at speaking engagements around the world and across the U.S. Her next stop will be in The Dalles, on Tuesday, Sept. 20 at St. Mary’s Academy.
Young crews trim trees, repair trails — and learn life skills
It’s been a busy couple of months for two teams of young adults planting trees and fixing trails in the Mount Hood National Forest.
Year-end test results across the school district were mostly encouraging, and, in particular, officials are excited to release updated data on the high school in October.
With five aging schools to contend with, the school board is considering the idea of asking voters to approve a single, large, long-term “bond authority” that would give the district enough cash to eventually replace them all.
Horsepower gives way to tractors with first annual Vintage Dufur Days
More than 150 years after the Civil War ended, the remains of a Union soldier are going home for a burial with full military honors. The cross country journey of the late Jewett Williams begins in Oregon and ends in Maine, with two stops in the gorge on Monday, Aug. 1. Area residents are being urged by Rod Runyon, Northeast District ride captain for the Patriot Guard Riders, to pay their respects to Williams when the carrier holding his cremated remains has brief stops in Cascade Locks and The Dalles.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Dalles High School is working with the grassroots community group on building a mentorship program, the school board heard last Thursday.
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.
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.