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Ridgewood Elementary students tackle projects


Cancer, pet care, deforestation among issues addressed

As part of the school’s Primary Years Programme at Ridgewood Elementary School, first- through fifth-grade students will take action throughout the school and community through a variety of themed projects throughout April.

The program is one of the three sections of the International Baccalaureate Organization. Ridgewood’s feeder middle school, Cedar Park, embraces the Middle Years Programme, and Sunset High School offers the Diploma Programme.

The baccalaureate organization’s mission statement calls for creating a path for students to become kind, caring, compassionate people with the ability to activate their own learning, understand and value themselves as well as others, work to better themselves, their surroundings, the people around them, and the world at large.

To support that mission, Ridgewood fifth-graders invite the community to take action and support the following themed workshops and activities:

Friday — Cancer and children event: Yellow Day in awarness of children’s cancer. Students will create an educational bulletin board for the school about skin cancer prevention and ways to support children with cancer. In addition, students will distribute door hangers to remind families to wear sunscreen and demonstrate ways to support children with cancer.

Sunday — Deforestation and forest fire awareness event: Tree planting in Beaverton from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. along Southwest Barrows Road and 157th Avenue.

April 11-21 — Hunger awareness campaign: Food drive in support of the Oregon Food Bank. A donation bin will be set up in front of the school.

April 18 — Equal Education for Girls: Students in fourth through sixth grades will take part in a Girls’ Night from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the school gym with guest speakers to empower girls to get an education.

April 26 — Water Pollution and Habitat Restoration event: Students will take part in a Wetland Clean-up from 9 a.m. to noon at the Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve, 2600 S.W. Hillsboro Highway, Cornelius.

May 3 — Pet Care event: Doggy Day — Bring a donation for the animal shelter and students will volunteer to walk and brush your dog between 10 a.m. to noon at the school field. Students will also bake dog treats to donate, create an educational bulletin board for the school about pet care and encourage families to join in on the Doggy Dash in Portland on May 10.