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School briefs for Sept. 28

Mattress sale to help basketball teams

The boys and girls basketball teams at Centennial High School, 3505 S.E. 182nd Ave., will co-host the second annual mattress sale in the cafeteria from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16.

Several top-of-the-line brands in all sizes will be available, and the prices will be marked down as much as 60 percent.

For more information, email Jeff Stanek at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Tim Roupp at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Students can win year's worth of milk

Oregon students and parents have until Friday, Oct. 14, to create a milk carton design for a chance to win a year's supply of milk.

The Oregon Dairy Council is holding the contest in celebration of World School Milk Day on Wednesday, Sept. 28, when the international community can focus on the importance of drinking milk at school and milk's health benefits for growing children.

To join in the contest, visit the 'School Milk: All Kinds of Good' page on Facebook to enter a creative milk carton design and learn more about the healthy benefits of milk. The design should include something about your local school and also highlight why school milk is 'all kinds of good.'

The winner will receive a year's supply of milk for their family, two gallons of milk weekly at an estimated value of $350. The council will announce the winner Monday, Oct. 18, on the Facebook page.

Rho Theta to host pledge signing event

Students at Mt. Hood Community College, 26000 S.E. Stark St., are signing a mass pledge to complete their degrees and certificates before leaving community college for transfer to a university, or to enter the job market.

Students are gathering from noon to 1 p.m. each day this week through Friday, Sept. 30, in the campus main mall to sign the Completion Pledge, part of a national community college movement. The event is hosted by Rho Theta honor society, the College's Phi Theta Kappa chapter.

On a related note, Rho Theta will host 'Restart' from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 5, on the Gresham Campus to help students who left college without finishing their degrees to return to school.

People interested in returning to college can meet with representatives from all the college's programs, including the Learning Success Center and the financial aid office.

For more information, call Shawn Schlogel at 1-208-989-4352, the Rho Theta office at 503-491-7020 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Volunteers needed to help students read

The OASIS Program is working with the Gresham-Barlow District to match adults with young children struggling to learn to read.

Volunteers are needed to spend one hour each week during a school day, working one-on-one with a child in grades first through fifth to build reading and language skills, self-esteem, and a positive attitude toward learning. Oasis provides training, materials and on-going support free of charge.

Training will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Fridays, Sept. 30 and Oct. 7, at the Gresham-Barlow School District Office, 1331 N.W. Eastman Parkway.

No teaching experience is required. For more information, call Viv Foster at 503-241-3059 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Essay contest to focus on 'Being an American'

High school students and their teachers are invited to participate in the Bill of Rights Institute's 'Being an American' essay contest.

The institute is a nonprofit educational organization in Washington, D.C., which educates young people about the Constitution and founding principles. The History Channel sponsors the 2011-12 contest.

Students are asked to share their thoughts on: 'How does the Constitution establish and maintain a culture of liberty?'

The top three student winners from each of five geographical regions will be awarded $1,000, $500 or $250. Teacher sponsors for each student winner will receive $100.

For more information, including submission criteria, lesson plans and background information on the Constitution, Bill of Rights, founders and the founding principles, visit BillofRightsInstitute.org/Contest.

Last chance to enter math, science contest

The deadline for high school students to enter the 2011-12 Siemens Competition in math, science and technology is 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3.

Online registration is available at collegeboard.com/siemens.

Each year, the Siemens Competition provides budding high school scientists with scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $100,000 for original research in team and individual categories. Recent winners' projects have explored emotion recognition software and shed new light on the birth of stars. The competition was established in 1998.

The Siemens Foundation provides more than $7 million annually in support of educational initiatives in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. For more information, visit siemens-foundation.org.