Online school to host meeting Sept. 26

Oregon Connections Academy will host a free informational meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, in Starbucks, 4633 N.E. Fremont St., Portland, for families interested in learning about its online program and individualized approach to education.

Oregon Connections Academy, the state's largest virtual public school, provides home-based public education to students in grades kindergarten through 12 who reside anywhere in the state. Enrollment for the 2011-12 school year is still under way.

At the meeting, parents whose children attend Oregon Connections Academy will share their experiences. For those unable to attend, real-time virtual sessions with a school representative are available.

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Centennial High senior named semifinalist

Samantha Lynn, a senior at Centennial High School and co-editor of the student newspaper The Talon, is a semifinalist in the National Merit Scholarship competition.

The honor is bestowed on students who are among the highest scorers on the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test taken for college entrance.

Only 16,000 students nationally are selected as semifinalists. Merit finalists, who become eligible for a variety of financial scholarships, will be notified in February.

Burgerville sales to benefit Makani group

Ten percent of all sales between 5 and 8 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 22 and 29, at Burgerville, 2975 N.E. Hogan Drive, will benefit the Makani Foundation, which supports the preservation and perpetuation of Hawaiian and Polynesian dance, music and language.

Hispanic fund, Staples join forces

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund has partnered with Staples Foundation, a private foundation created by Staples Inc., to expand educational outreach and scholarship opportunities for Hispanic students and their families.

As part of this partnership, Staples Foundation is awarding a $100,000 grant to fund community outreach programming and 22 Staples scholarships for Latino college students majoring in business.

Founded in 1975, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund has awarded more than $330 million in scholarships over the past 36 years. For more information, visit

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