Back Issues: August 2, 2017

Call to Artists: SELF seeks artists to paint table and chairs for silent auction

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

SELF (Support for Early Learning & Families) has announced a call to artists for silent auction to be held next spring. Ten artists are needed to transform children’s tables and chairs built by Friends of the Carpenter, to capture the magic of those birth-to-five years, and share the positive effects of investing in early learning. The art should be child-friendly and can include a message. The table/chairs sets will be displayed at 10 local businesses in February 2018; they will be sold via a silent auction during the March 2018 First Friday. The artists will be recognized throughout the project. For more information, contact Debbie Ham at Debbie.ham@selfwa.org.

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Woodland Public Schools celebrates employees with ceremony and video competition

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

The staff of Woodland Public Schools celebrated the end of the school year at a special staff luncheon featuring the second annual Employee of Excellence Awards and a special video competition where employee teams created music videos with new spins on their favorite songs. This year’s award winners are D’Ann Horrocks, Judy Lute, Michelle McLaughlin, and Cathy NielsenThe winning video was posted to YouTube where it has received more than 1,500 views: https://goo.gl/QwBdrs. 

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Rep. Paul Harris receives award for his work on career and technical education issues

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Rep. Paul Harris receives the Washington Business Alliance 2017 Career and Technical Education Legislator of the Year Award.

Rep. Paul Harris, R-Vancouver, has received the Washington Business Alliance 2017 Career and Technical Education (CTE) Legislator of the Year Award for his leadership on behalf of CTE students statewide. 

Harris, who co-chairs the Joint Select Committee on Article IX Litigation, also known as the McCleary committee, was recognized for his work on the McCleary K-12 funding plan, which included landmark investments in CTE, now a funded component of basic education. 

Harris served 10 years on the Evergreen School Board and worked for many years as a Boy Scout leader. Earlier this year, he received the YMCA Legislative Champion Award for 2017 in recognition of his leadership for children, families and healthy communities. 

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Facilities improvements save money, reduce carbon footprint for BGPS

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Battle Ground Public Schools is saving an estimated $380,000 per year on utilities thanks to energy efficiency projects at several schools. Ameresco, a provider of comprehensive energy efficiency solutions, contracted with the district to complete the projects, valued at $3.6 million, in three phases that provided mechanical and controls upgrades; updated HVAC, lighting and plumbing systems; and other upgrades that all focused on conserving energy resources at multiple district facilities. In addition to building improvements and cost savings, the projects also have helped BGPS decrease its carbon footprint, reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 3,380 tons per year. This is the equivalent of taking 662 vehicles off the road for a year, of powering 421 households for a year, or the amount of carbon that 721 acres of pine forest can absorb in a year.

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