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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Program has students dancing, cooking and volunteering
The new Fir Ridge After School Team program has gotten off to a great start. Over 60 students are enrolled in classes like belly dancing, guitar, hip hop dance, outdoor school prep, crops, cooking and culinary careers, soccer and freestyle rapping. Academic help and life skills workshops such as banking, resume-building and stress reduction are also included in the program.
Students have the opportunity to help out in the community on early release days and recently visited SnowCap Community Charities and the Oregon Food Bank to pack food boxes for local residents. Students will work with Cherry Blossom Cottage Retirement Home residents and nearby middle and elementary schools. Community involvement is an important part of the FAST program. Advisers are looking for additional presenters, projects and participants from outside the school. They are also looking for donations for the school garden that is being maintained by FAST students. Contact Anna Sommo at 503-256-6530 to become a community partner.
Volunteer to help out at Thanksgiving dinner
Like old St. Nick, SnowCap Community Charities is making a holiday wish list and checking it twice. A lot of needy and hungry folks will be looking under our tree this holiday season, SnowCap Executive Director Judy Alley said. We want to be sure our pack is full to meet demands for food, clothing and other necessities.
Alley anticipates a record number of requests as the current economic malady plays out this holiday season.
Atop her list is an opportunity for holiday volunteer helpers, especially bilingual volunteers (English and Spanish) for the SnowCap Turkey Day dinner from noon to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 26. This annual traditional Thanksgiving dinner for low-income families and individuals will be at the Rockwood United Methodist Church, 17805 S.E. Stark St.
Interested volunteers should contact Kari James at 503-674-8785, ext. 38, or email@example.com.
Donations of turkeys are also welcome. People who would like to donate a turkey for a needy family should bring the turkey to our warehouse and receiving center at 17788 S.E. Pine St., weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., Alley said.
SnowCap distributed a record number of food boxes during October: more than 5,600, which is a 32 percent increase over the same month a year ago. Alley noted the size of the average food box has decreased by 6 percent due to the lack of available food and because of the increase in the number of people seeking assistance.
Help IRCO help Santa
Santa Claus is desperate for some additional helpers this year. As IRCO's Early Childhood Services have increased, so have the number of children newborn to 5 years who will be needing gifts of developmental toys and books at its annual holiday party.
IRCO needs your help through donations of new toys and books for children under age 6 or cash to purchase suitable gifts. The need is expected to be for 400 children.
For many of these children, IRCO will provide their only holiday gift; for others, it will be the first present they have ever received.
Checks may be mailed to IRCO with children's party written on the memo line, or you may make an online donation at www.irco.org; be sure to mark the other box and write in children's party. Merchandise or cash gifts may also be dropped at IRCO offices at 10301 N.E. Glisan St.
All students pass national exams
There's celebration at Mt. Hood Community College, as 100 percent of the students from the nursing program passed the national exam, joining three other allied health programs at MHCC that consistently have 100 percent passing rates.
For the first time in 10 years, all 38 MHCC nursing students passed the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses.
Once again, 18 respiratory care students passed the National Board for Respiratory Care Entry Level Certification Examination. So did the students in the surgical technology program, who all passed the National Examination for the Certified Surgical Technologist.
For over 17 years, all dental hygiene students have passed the National Board Dental Hygiene Exam, again achieving a 100 percent passing rate this year.
We're really fortunate we get such great students, said Teri Tong, dental hygiene instructor. They just do such a tremendous job.
These phenomenal results illustrate the high level of instruction in the allied health programs at MHCC.
Our faculty work with students to make sure they will be successful, said Donna Larson, dean of allied health. Some of our faculty have 20 to 30 years of experience in the field; they bring real-life scenarios to their instruction.
For more information on these and other allied health programs, contact the Allied Health division at 503-491-7113 or visit www.mhcc.edu/alliedhealth.
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