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10 Years Ago: Students offer international support posted on 05/01/2021

Welches students in the giving mood

Welches students demonstrated selfless behavior by spearheading a project named “The Big Give” to help those in need. Many generous tasks were undertaken during the month long event, including collecting socks for Japan following a devastating earthquake and tsunami, and collecting pennies to donate to a children's hospital.

As part of the sock collecting project, the students reached out to local businesses to offer raffle incentives and found many willing partners. Then Welches Principal Alex Leaver commended all the students for their work, noting that the socks and pennies projects were initiated by the students.

"It's them responding in a compassionate and empathetic way, which is one of the things we want from our students," Leaver said. "It's part of being in a healthy community." Way to go, Welches students.

In other news at Welches Schools Denise Emmerling-Baker won an Excellence in Education Award. Emmerling-Baker started teaching at a private school in 1998 and shortly after joined the Oregon Trail School District, going on to teach Welches Elementary and Middle School students in the English Language Department.

Online tool to combat invasive species

The war against invasive species was ramped up a notch when The Oregon Invasive Species Council launched iMapInvasives, an online GIS-based reporting and querying tool which accurately records and tracks the whereabouts of invasive plants, animals, fish and diseases. IMap was developed through a partnership between the Nature Conservancy, Nature-Serve, The NY Natural Heritage Program, Florida National Areas Inventory and Oregon Biodiversity Information Center.

More than 85,000 observations of invasive species were included at the start and the list continues to grow. Invasive species cause problems in the forests, meadows, streams and rivers to native plants and animals.

To learn more about invasive species, visit the Oregon Invasive Species website at www.oregoninvasivespeciescouncil.org, or call 1-866-INVADER if you spot a pesky invader. To access iMapInvasives, visit www.imapinvasives.org, click on OR.

In Other News...

The search for a new superintendent for the Oregon Trails School District moved along after receiving 26 applications,

The Villages at Mt Hood held a Community Survey, Mike Aldridge and Alexandra Loren won the first ever King-Queen competition at Mt. Hood Skibowl, Rhododendron resident Leslie Stockdale introduced her new book, "Clover, the Plover, and Muffin, the Puffin, and the Oil Spill.”

Several Sandy High School students won awards at the Oregon Thespians State Acting Competition: Garrett Larreau and Joshua Grozav won two awards in solo acting, Larreau and Bryn McLaughlin earned a Showcase Award in duo dramatic acting, Chris Shiprack a finalist award for Solo Acting, and Jesta Knoles and Danny Wesselink a finalist award in Duo Comic Acting. Bravo!

By Frances Berteau/MT

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