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School briefs for March 30

Reynolds fundraiser set for April 1

The Reynolds High School Senior All Night Party Committee and Rockstar Energy Drink will present a silent auction and Mexican fiesta at 6 p.m. Friday, April 1, in the Reynolds High Multipurpose Room, 1698 S.W. Cherry Park Road, Troutdale.

The dinner will be served from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and free prizes will be awarded every half hour. The menu includes enchiladas, rice and beans, chips and salsa and dessert. Beverages are included for $5 per person or $20 per family.

Silent auction items include a Persimmon Golf Club Package for four; a Portland Trail Blazers autographed basketball; gift cards; entertainment passes and more.

Proceeds will go to fund a drug- and alcohol-free graduation party for the Class of 2011

For more information, call Andrea Watson at 503-491-3428.

Phonics Phactory holds auction dinner

Phonics Phactory's second annual auction will take place at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 21, in the gym, 3333 N.E. Eighth St.

The evening will recreate the elegance of Hollywood in the 1940s and 1950s, and feature alumni speakers, student performances and professional Auctioneer Brad Caldwell.

Proceeds fund the completion of the gym floor.

Early Bird tickets will be available for $25 until Thursday, April 7. Tickets for $35 can be purchased from Friday, April 8, through Friday, May 20. Tickets can be purchased from the school between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday.

Local entertainment venues, restaurants gift certificates, sports stores and professional services are donating auction items.

If you are unable to attend the auction, 'boards' for the gym floor at $25 each can be purchased by contacting the school.

For more information, write This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call Kris at 503-260-2180 or Lisa at 503-318-9731.

If you would like to donate items, services or cash, make checks payable to Phonics Phactory and mail to P.O. Box 2128, Gresham, 97030.

Virtual public school to host meeting

Oregon Connections Academy (ORCA), the state's largest accredited virtual public school, will host a free information session in Portland at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, at the Four Points Sheraton, 1919 N.E. 181st Ave., Gresham.

The session is for families interested in learning about ORCA's online program and individualized approach to education. The academy is free and available to students in grades kindergarten through 12th who reside anywhere in the state.

There will also be a special parent-to-parent meeting at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 9, at Borders' Café, 687 N.W.12th St., Gresham. For more information, call 1-800-382-6010 or visit ConnectionsAcademy.com.

You can also learn more about ORCA by checking out a special video at youtube.com/watch?v

=qI3LWn07qi4 and feature=youtube_gdata.

Sandy High 1981 reunion this summer

The Sandy High School Class of 1981 is planning a 30-year reunion for sometime this summer.

Anyone interested in attending or families with information about classmates should contact Rita (Carpenter) Berck at 503-729-3337 or Jody (Robbins) Hoff at 503-705-9001.

Hoff is asking her classmates to join the Facebook page called 'Sandy Reunion Eightyone.'

On that page, members of the Class of 1981 can find information and updates on plans for the event as well as connect with or search for other 1981 classmates.

Eat at Burgerville, help United Way

Burgerville's 39 locations in Oregon and southwest Washington will donate 10 cents from each guest check Wednesday, March 30, to the United Way to support the nonprofit's work in education, income and health.

Guests of Burgerville can make as many purchases as they would like throughout the day, but if a guest visits before 11 a.m. and uses their Burgerville Card for their purchase, Burgerville will donate an additional 5 cents to United Way.

Employees of United Way of the Columbia-Willamette will visit as many Burgerville locations as possible on March 30 to thank guests and answer any questions about the work that United Way does in education, income and health.

Auction to benefit party for seniors

The Senior All Night Party Dinner/Auction for the Gresham High School Class of 2011 takes place at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 9, at Club Paesano/Cedarville Park, 3800 W. Powell Loop.

You can purchase your $25 ticket at gopherspiritclub.com.

Proceeds will fund a drug- and alcohol-free graduation party.

For more information, call Sue Protz at 503-665-9345.

Edgefield proceeds to help Reynolds golf

McMenamins Edgefield's Power Station Pub, 2126 S.W. Halsey St., Troutdale, will donate half the proceeds it makes from 5 to 10 p.m. Monday, April 11, to the Reynolds High School Raiders varsity golf teams.

The teams are not funded by the Reynolds School District and rely on donations to continue.

For more information, call Daniel Lindquist, golf coach, at 503-667-3186, ext. 1024, or Andrea Watson, community resources coordinator, at 503-491-3428.

Middle school students can win $25,000

Middle school students with a passion for science only have two weeks left to enter the 2011 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge for a chance to win $25,000.

To help the next generation of innovators, Discovery Education and 3M are looking for America's next 'Top Young Scientist.'

Ten finalists will be chosen to work directly with a 3M scientist to create an innovation that solves a problem in everyday life that they will present at the 3M Innovation Center this fall.

To enter, students in grades fifth through eighth can submit a short video that explains the science behind a solution to an everyday problem, such as

• How to create greener transportation options?

• How to detect/prevent food poisoning?

• How to protect people in the event of an emergency?

All video entries must be submitted by Friday, April 15, to youngscientistchallenge.com.