To fully serve the community, the Mid-county Memo offers this section to showcase upcoming special events, celebrations of milestones in our readers' lives, those seemingly small accomplishments that often do not receive the recognition they deserve, and everyday events that should be shared with friends and neighbors.
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Musician, thespian, honor student is Gateway Elks Teenager of the Month
Weatherford carries a 4.08 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society. She is a section leader of the PHS band, president of PHS Thespian Troupe 17, and a member of the PHS Mock Trial team, Model United Nations and the Christian Body of Parkrose club.
She helped organize a canned food drive on Halloween that resulted in her thespian troupe collecting 1,850 pounds of food for a local pantry, has volunteered in a soup kitchen and mentors middle school students through her church youth group at Portland Central Church of the Nazarene.
In her free time Weatherford enjoys playing music, reading classic novels and hiking. She especially enjoys the Columbia Gorge and Horsetail Falls.
She has narrowed her college choices to Lewis and Clark College, Reed College or the University of Puget Sound and while she is not yet sure of a major, she may look to a career in law.
Emily is the daughter of Bob and Cathy Weatherford.
The Gateway Elks Lodge selects a Teenager of the Month each month during the school year. Juniors or seniors enrolled in Parkrose, David Douglas, Madison, Portland Christian and Marshall High Schools, as well as those at Portland Adventist Academy are encouraged to apply.
To learn more, call 503-255-6535 or visit us online at gatewayelks.com.
Working to prevent childhood obesity
The Reynolds School District has been selected to receive funding from the Centers for Disease Control Communities Putting Prevention to Work grant program to address childhood obesity. The Healthy Active Schools program is funded by this grant. The goal of the program is lasting policy changes through developing wellness policies that reach all 10,300 students.
Reynolds School District will support school environments where kids can easily access good nutrition and be active. Environmental characteristics may include covered bike racks and establishing policies promoting safe routes for biking and walking between neighborhoods and school.
Healthy Active Schools make room for all physical activities, said Amy Jackson, curriculum coordinator. Research shows that students who are more active and eat healthier foods are more likely to be successful in school. This program will support childhood obesity and disease prevention but also contribute to student and teacher success.
The district's first task will be to talk with staff members, administrators, parents, students, and partners to identify the community strengths and barriers to school policies supporting healthy eating and physical activity. If you have thoughts or ideas you would like to share, contact Millie Hennemann, district coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-661-7200, ext. 3248.
Parkrose students need musical instruments
The Parkrose School District Music Boosters are requesting donations of unused or under-used musical instruments and related equipment to introduce and enhance the musical experience for students who cannot afford to purchase their own.
With research indicating music experiences can reinforce other classroom subjects and in some cases be the connect that keeps a child focused and choosing to remain in school, the Music Boosters are committed to facilitating musical curriculum for students.
While new instruments or those in playable condition are preferred, the group will accept most repairable instruments, related musical equipment, and monetary donations.
If you can help, contact Louis Bybee at 503-936-1369 or email@example.com.
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