ODOT issues back-to-school safety tips

Now that school is back in session for the 2012-13 academic year, officials at the Oregon Department of Transportation have sent out safety tips geared to pedestrian and bicyclist safety. These include looking left, right, and left again before crossing a street; waiting for walk signals and green lights; walking with friends; wearing visible, reflective clothing; checking your cycling route with a parent or trusted adult; riding in the same direction as traffic; stopping at intersections; and wearing a safety helmet. These and other reminders can be found at

Joseph Gale thanks benefactors, sets public dedication

Joseph Gale Elementary School students assembled to give out a big "thank you" to the architects and builders who designed and constructed their new school, which opened its doors for the 2012-13 school year last week. They also gave a shout out to members of the Yes For Kids Committee, who campaigned for the construction bond that provided funding for the project, and members of the Forest Grove School Board who gave the OK to seek the bond. Students sang a special song of appreciation, presented artwork showing their favorite parts of the new building and presented a poster signed by every student in the school. A public dedication of the new school, located at 3130 18th Ave. in Forest Grove, will be on Thursday, Sept. 20 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tours of the building will be given after the program.

CALC facilities project off the ground

Community residents satisfied their craving for pizza Monday evening and helped the Forest Grove School District at the same time. Pizza Schmizza donated 30 percent of its proceeds from sales during a three-hour period to the Community Alternative Learning Center. The money will be used for the ongoing CALC Renovation Project, organized by volunteers in the Forest Grove Ford Institute Leadership Program. Key aspects include painting the school's entryway, hallway and reading room, installing a new sink and food warmer in the lunch room, placing new bookshelves, tables and chairs in the reading room, refurbishing the surface of the basketball court and kicking off an interactive student mural project. Further donations to the "CALCulate The Possibilities" campaign can be mailed to: CALC Enhancement Project, via Mayor Pete Truax, 3131 Forest Gale Dr., Forest Grove, Ore., 97116.

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