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Construction underway on new residence halls at Lewis and Clark

COLLINS VIEW - In May, workers broke ground on a 15-month project to construct three new apartment-style residence halls at Lewis and Clark College.

According to a story in The Lewis and Clark Chronicle, the project is part of the college's long-term plan to create an academic village, as its halls are designed to accommodate juniors and seniors to encourage them to live on campus after their sophomore years.

Each building will house 56 students in two- or four-bedroom apartments with shared kitchens, living rooms and bathrooms. At the center of each building will be a two-story lounge featuring a fireplace, exposed truss work and a balcony and lounge area, according to the story.

The three halls will share an outdoor plaza, and a convenience store, a café, a student recreation center and a computer center will be housed in the new buildings.

The halls, to be located off Huddleston Road south of the college's East Hall, are expected to open in the fall of 2012. Traffic along Elysium Road will be affected for utilities work for part of this time.

The halls were designed by SERA Architects.

Order next year's supply school list through Schoolhouse Supplies

HILLSDALE - Once you've received your child's school supply list this summer, consider ordering from Schoolhouse Supplies. Schoolhouse Supplies connects members of the community with students in all schools throughout the Portland Public Schools district, taking private and corporate donations of all kinds - from basics such as pencils and paper to books, backpacks and folders - and puts them in the hands of students in need.

In 2010, Rieke Elementary provided more than 1,500 students with supply kits through the program, and 138 of them went to students at Rieke itself. Parents from Rieke also donated $275 to Schoolhouse Supplies and purchased 50 community kits for the Rieke students who might not have been able to afford their own supplies.

To order and donate, log on to www.schoolhousesupplies.org and choose Rieke and your child's grade. The supply list has already been entered. At check out, please consider donating to Schoolhouse Supplies. The supply kits are delivered straight to Rieke and will be in your child's classroom on the first day of school.

LeDrew named Davidson Young Scholar

GARDEN HOME - Southwest Portland resident Declan LeDrew, 8, has been named a Davidson Young Scholar.

According to its website, the scholar program is an 'individualized, family-oriented program that supports the educational and developmental needs of profoundly intelligent young people, assisting parents and students with academic support and educational advocacy, child and adolescent development and talent development.'

Formed in 1999, the Davidson Institute is a 501(c)3 private operating foundation funded by Bob and Jan Davidson, the brains behind the popular Math Blaster and Reading Blaster computer games.

To qualify for the program, scholars must meet two of the three criteria for selection:

-Receive a qualifying score (a rank in the 99.9 percentile) in at least one section of an individually administered IQ test, along with a full written report of test results;

-Receive a qualifying score (a rank in the 99.9 percentile) in at least one section of an individually administered achievement test or talent search/college placement test, along with a full written report;

-Submit at least four works that clearly demonstrate advanced abilities, problem solving and/or thinking skills in academic areas of strength.

With this Davidson Young Scholar qualification, LeDrew is now eligible for free consulting services, an ambassador program, summer programs and more.

LeDrew is the son of Justyn LeDrew of Portland and Dale Borglum of Fairfax, Calif.

For more information about the Davidson Young Scholars program, visit www.davidsongifted.org.

New principal named at Markham Elementary

WEST PORTLAND PARK - Shawn Garrett has been appointed the new principal at Markham Elementary School.

Garrett replaced Sarah Lewins, who was promoted to a position as principal at Northeast Portland's Roseway Heights School. He previously served as assistant principal at North Portland's Rosa Parks Elementary and Southeast Portland's Mount Tabor Middle School.

Wilson, Lewis and Clark grad joins Teach for America

SOUTHWEST - Maren Corbly, a Southwest Portland native, has been accepted into Teach For America's 2011 corps.

Teach For America is the national corps of outstanding recent college graduates who commit to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools and become life-long leaders in expanding educational opportunity. This fall, 9,300 corps members will be teaching in 43 regions across the country, while nearly 24,000 Teach For America alumni continue working from inside and outside the field of education for the fundamental changes necessary to ensure educational excellence and equity.

Maren Corbly is a 2007 graduate of Wilson High School and 2011 graduate of Lewis and Clark College. She will teach in Denver, Colo.

This year, Teach For America's talent pool was the most competitive ever. Nearly 48,000 individuals applied, and 11 percent were accepted. Applicants included 12 percent of Ivy League seniors, 10 percent of seniors at Howard University, 8 percent at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and 5 percent at the University of Texas at Austin. Corbly joins Teach For America's incoming corps of 5,200 new teachers. These corps members earned an average undergraduate GPA of 3.6, and 100 percent held leadership positions while in college.

'This year's incoming corps members represent a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences, but they share extraordinary leadership ability and a deep commitment to ensuring that all children have the opportunity to reach their fullest potential,' said Wendy Kopp, founder and CEO of Teach For America. 'We are excited to be channeling the energy of such a diverse corps into teaching in urban and rural public schools and into the long-term effort to achieve educational excellence and equity.'

For more information, visit www.teachforamerica.org.

Donate purses and support the arts

HILLSDALE - Drop off your new and gently used purses, handbags and messenger bags at the following donation sites:

-Switch Shoes and Clothing, 7871 S.W. Capitol Hwy.;

-Paloma Clothing, 6315 S.W. Capitol Hwy.;

-Sip D'Vine, 7829 S.W. Capitol Hwy.

-O'Connors Restaurant, 7850 S.W. Capitol Hwy.;

-Haircolor Salon Dirk, 1517 S.W. Sunset Blvd.;

-Wilson High School, 1151 S.W. Vermont Street;

-and Key Bank, 6335 S.W. Capitol Hwy.

Once all the purses are collected, the Wilson Area Arts Council will hold a pop-up purse sale on Sunday, Nov. 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at O'Connors @ The Vault. All proceeds benefit the arts at Wilson High School.

The WAAC will also host its annual Chalk Art Festival Sunday, Sept. 11 at the Hillsdale Farmers' Market on the sidewalk in front of Rieke Elementary School, located at 1405 S.W. Vermont St. The event is free, and sidewalk chalk will be provided.