Southwest Washington's Community News Service
Monday, May 17, 2010
Students to experience virtual volcano Tuesday
On Tuesday, May 18, more than 2,000 students from 40 schools across the country will explore Mount St. Helens from the comfort of their classrooms. The fourth- through eighth-grade students will be participating in Volcano Explorers, an interactive video-conferencing program presented by the Mount St. Helens Institute that coincides this year with the 30th anniversary of the 1980 eruption.
"May 18th marks the 30th anniversary of the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens and is a day remembered vividly by so many," says Jeanne Bennett, director of the Mount St. Helens Institute. "Students today are too young to remember the eruption or its aftermath, so this opportunity gives them the chance to learn about Mount St. Helens and get excited about scientific inquiry."
As part of the program, three scientists at Mount St. Helens will present a program on the volcano’s 1980 eruption and the ecological recovery of the past 30 years. They also will be answering students’ questions. Their interactive, 45-minute presentation will be broadcast live to pre-registered classrooms connected to the videoconferencing system of southwest Washington’s ESD112, which is providing the equipment.
For more information about this and other events in honor of the 30th anniversary of the May 18, 1980, eruption, visit http://www.mshinstitute.org.
The Mount St. Helens Institute is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people of all ages gain an understanding of the natural processes and cultural heritage of the Pacific Northwest’s volcanic landscapes. The institute promotes stewardship, science, and appreciation of the Northwest.
Girls Night Out to benefit breast cancer charities
The Downtown Camas Association and Cascadia Women's Clinic are hosting an evening of activities to benefit breast cancer charities. Registration begins at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 20, at the Journey Church in downtown Camas on the corner of Fourth and Birch Streets.
Tickets are $15 and include a tote bag and 10 raffle tickets for prizes. For more information, http://downtowncamas.com/.
Clark College honors April Student Athletes of the Month
Student athletes competing in softball and track and field have been honored as the April 2010 "Athletes of the Month" at Clark College.
Lindsay Sasse came to Clark from Union High School in Camas. Head softball coach Casey Powers describes Sasse as "a top performer both inside the classroom and on the softball field for us this year." Sasse earned a 4.0 grade point average (GPA) during fall 2009 and has maintained high GPAs throughout the academic year, earning an athletic scholarship.
A graduate of Skyview High School, freshman Tyler Lane is leading the Clark track and field team in jumping events. He has high jumped over 6 feet 9 inches, leading the NWAACC conference by six inches.
"Tyler is ranked third in long jump for the region and is a great contributor in the 4x100 team as well. He is a hard working, dedicated and willing to try any event to help the team be successful in any way possible," says Amber Moore, head track and field coach.
The Student Athlete of the Month program recognizes both the academic and athletic achievements of Clark's student athletes. Two recipients are selected each month by a committee that includes Clark College coaches, athletic department personnel, and fellow students.
Each honoree receives a jacket with his or her name stitched on it. The jackets are provided by Les Schwab through its support of the Student of the Month program, in partnership with Clark’s Penguin Athletic Club and the Clark College Foundation.
McCord’s Vancouver Toyota donates “Story Time Van” to support children’s library programs
McCord’s Vancouver Toyota has donated a three-year lease of a 2011 Toyota Sienna van to the Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation. The van will be dedicated to children’s programming and will serve a vital role in expanding library outreach to the community.
"We have always had a passion for reading and literacy in our family," Greg Leonard of McCord’s Vancouver Toyota, said when the gift was announced Monday. "Partnering with the Library Foundation to reach children throughout our community helps equip children to discover and experience the value and joy of literacy. We are excited for the opportunity to share with and give back to our community through The Story Time Van project."
Fort Vancouver Regional Library District (FVRL) spans 4,200 square miles and serves more than 468,000 residents within Clark, Skamania, Klickitat and portions of Cowlitz counties. In 2009, FVRL conducted 3,350 programs for children and teens. The use of a vehicle dedicated for the specific purpose of enhancing youth programs will increase the efficiency and exposure of these services and programs.
With support from NW Natural, The Story Time Van will feature a brightly-colored vinyl wrap that will serve as a rolling billboard for FVRL libraries, early learning and literacy programs.
"NW Natural is honored to support FVRL District's enhancement to their children's outreach services with the addition of the 'Story Time Van,'" said Von Summers of NW Natural. "We see this as a unique opportunity to increase visibility and awareness about the excellent services local libraries provide."
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