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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.

Memo Pad submissions for February issue are due Saturday, Jan. 15. For best results, e-mail Darlene Vinson at Or mail submissions to 3510 N.E. 134th Ave, Portland, OR 97230. To leave a phone message, call 503-287-8904. The fax number is 503-249-7672.

PHS student selected for People to People program educational travel
Tiffani Carter will represent Parkrose High School in the People to People student ambassador program.
Tiffani Carter, a student at Parkrose High School, has been accepted into the People to People student ambassador program, an educational travel program founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Carter will explore Spain, Italy and France for nineteen days this coming summer as a member of the Portland delegation. By participating in the Mediterranean Traditions itinerary, Carter can earn academic credit while getting to know the people, culture and history of the places visited. She will take part in a variety of activities including helping citizens protect a local park in Spain as well as rappelling down a castle wall in Italy.

Acceptance into the program is an honor. After being invited to enroll, Carter submitted letters of recommendation and successfully completed an interview process. Before departing she will attend several orientation meetings with program leaders and fellow delegates to learn about the destination and prepare for the journey.

To learn more about People to People, visit

DDHS standout selected by Gateway Elks
Each month members of Gateway Elks Lodge #2411 sift through applications for Teenager of the Month honors. In December, Katie Dyk, a senior at David Douglas High School rose to the top. Dyk carries a 3.94 GPA, is a member of National Honor Society, has twice been named student of the month, and co-captains both the girl's track team and the volleyball team.

David Douglas High School senior Katie Dyk, right, celebrates her selection as Gateway Elks December Teenager of the Month with her parents, Craig and Barb Dyk.
Dyk's course load includes advanced placement classes in health sciences, Spanish, English, chemistry and pre-calculus that will earn her some early college credits. She is certified in first aid and CPR, is a Certified Nursing Assistant and plans a career in health sciences. Dyk is a regular volunteer at the American Red Cross blood bank, has tutored younger students at Mill Park Elementary, helps with Sunday school classes at Trinity Fellowship Church and works at a local retirement community.

Church activities have taken Dyk to Spain and Nepal, so travel has become a favored activity. She also likes to spend time with her friends and enjoys hiking and camping.

Katie is the daughter of Craig and Barb Dyk.

Junior or senior students from Parkrose, David Douglas, Madison, Portland Christian and Marshall High schools and Portland Adventist Academy are eligible for Gateway Elks Teenager of the Month honors. To apply, call 503- 255-6535 or visit

Barney's Pantry: students serving students
Stocking Barney's Pantry are, from left, MHCC students Brieanna Cave, Raul Reyes, Pedro Gaytan and Jonatan Lopez.
Arielle McClung delivers food donations collected at the MHCC bookstore to Barney's Pantry.
The down economy, high unemployment, corporate layoffs - 2010 has been a difficult year for many people, including students. The Associated Student Government at Mt. Hood Community College is lending a helping hand to fellow students through a program called Barney's Pantry.

The program is named for the MHCC mascot, a St. Bernard, a breed of dog that is legendary for rescuing people.

Barney's Pantry rescues MHCC students who are hungry and need a bit of sustenance to tide them over. Any student can take food from the pantry, up to three items per day. ASG keeps the pantry stocked with macaroni and cheese, soup, baby food, juice and lots of other non-perishable foods.

“For many people who attend MHCC, the college is like a family,” said Jonatan Lopez, director of Community Affairs for ASG. “It's an incredible feeling to see the smiles on students' faces when they receive their next meal.” In a recent two-week period, Barney's Pantry served 40 students.

Lopez is leading the campaign to keep Barney's Pantry loaded with non-perishable food. Bookstore coffee bar customers on the Gresham campus are invited to leave a tip for Barney's Pantry. In addition, on Spirit Fridays the bookstore offers students and MHCC employees a discount on MHCC clothing when they donate one can of food and wear the school colors.

“We have many hungry and needy students on campus. Unfortunately, some people are really taking a beating from the economy,” says Julie Godat, bookstore manager. “This is an opportunity for the bookstore to partner with ASG on a great cause. MHCC is a place where students can transform their lives and change their destinies, and that's easier to accomplish when one's stomach isn't growling.”

Barney's Pantry is open to serve MHCC students Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ASG welcomes cash and food donations. For more information, please contact ASG at 503-491-7224.

School board member receives distinguished service recognition from national board
Annette Mattson, a member of the David Douglas School Board and past president of the Oregon School Boards Association, received a certificate for distinguished service from the National School Boards Association. Presented in person by NSBA President Earl C. Rickman III at OSBA's convention in Portland in November, the certificate recognizes local school board members from across the country for extraordinary commitment to public education through proven board leadership and service.

In his letter to Mattson, Rickman wrote, “By your excellent work as a school board member, you have helped prepare students to become successful, contributing members of a changing, global society.”

Parkrose seeks bond to update facilities
For the last year and a half, the Parkrose School District has been developing a long range facility plan and subsequent bond levy to be voted upon by Parkrose parents and patrons in May 2011. The Parkrose School District Board of Education unanimously approved the $63 million bond proposal.

These funds will build a new Parkrose Middle School and provide upgrades to all buildings for safety, security and technology as well as heating, ventilating and air conditioning. Multi purpose rooms will be added at three elementary schools and Prescott and Sacramento Elementary schools will receive significant safety and facility renovations.

A positive key feature to this bond is that it will simply replace the bond due to retire in December of 2011 at a rate of $1.25 per $1000 of assessed home value and does not represent additional taxes.

In addition, the board and superintendent will be actively seeking state and federal grants to assist with facilities upgrades and renovations. Parkrose School District is a forward moving school district with a 2010 State Report Card rating of “Outstanding” for its high school. The district is ready to move all of its buildings into the 21st Century to continue increasing student learning for all students. Parkrose School District: Taking PRIDE through Performance.

Auction items needed for annual fete
Christmas may be over, but the folks at SnowCap Community Charities are still making a list and checking it twice. They have taken inventory on items for its 9th Annual Valentine Dinner and Auction and have found they can still use donations of vacation getaways, fishing trips, barbecues, handmade items, art work and professional and personal services. You may drop your donations at the SnowCap warehouse and distribution center, 17788 S.E. Pine St., weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The auction, a major fundraiser for SnowCap, is Saturday, Feb. 12 at Mt. Hood Community College, 26000 S.E. Stark St. The evening begins with a silent auction at 5:30 p.m. followed by a buffet dinner and the oral auction. Tickets are $50.

“Times are hard for the many unemployed and under-employed families here in east Multnomah County,” according to Judy Alley, executive director. “This event can make a difference for them. Requests for assistance have increased by 20 percent. People need the basics: food, blankets, jackets and heat.”

SnowCap Community Charities is a philanthropic nonprofit agency serving low-income people in east Portland communities. The dinner and auction helps provide food boxes, clothing, energy assistance and other human services to families and individuals who are struggling.

Information for tickets and auction donations is available at 503-674-8785, ext. 17 or by e-mailing Visit to purchase tickets. Cash donations can be made through the Web site or mailed to P.O. Box 160, Fairview, OR 97024.
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