May is Walk + Bike to school month
Registration is open for the first ever Walk + Bike to School Challenge Month, which will focus on elementary school students. Throughout the Portland metro area, students will be challenged to walk or bike to school as much as they can during the month of May. Sign-ups for schools is open until the end of April at www.walknbike.org.
Students will be competing against other elementary schools as well as against Portland State University students, who are having their own Bike Commute Challenge in May. There will be a drawing for prizes during the month and a final party on Sunday, June 8, at the North Park Blocks at PSU. The top prize for the event is the Bicycle Transportation Alliance's (BTA) award-wining Bicycle Safety Education class for up to 32 students. During May, the BTA will be hosting weekly workshops on safe family commuting by bicycle and foot.
Oregon Walk + Bike to School is a partnership between the BTA, Willamette Pedestrian Coalition, the Oregon Walk to School Committee and teachers, parents, community members and schools throughout Oregon.
Students play at state politics
Students from Lake Oswego High School had a first-hand look at the political arena at the YMCA Youth and Government Conference in Salem earlier this month.
In the chambers of the Oregon State Legislature, LOHS students joined high schoolers from throughout Oregon to debate, vote on and pass bills on issues ranging from fireworks and curfew to sex education and abortion.
Marshall Kosloff, a sophomore at LOHS High School, was elected by his peers to serve as Secretary of State for 2008, and as Oregon Youth Governor for 2009. He will be going to Washington, D.C. for a week in June to train for this position.
Other members of the Lake Oswego High School team were Evan Green, Allison Slaughter, Amy Neben, Stephanie Wolfram, Emily Eddy, Rose Rubel, Catie Theisen, Danny Mitchell, Forrest Jackson, Rachel Doherty, Meaghan Pearson and Elizabeth Glusman.
Lakeridge orchestra earns trip to state
Lakeridge High School High Dolce orchestra took first place in the Three Rivers District Orchestra competition.
'I'm so proud of both Lakeridge and Lake Oswego, who took second in the competition,' said instructor and conductor Nita Van Pelt. 'No other school has outscored Clackamas in the 15 years I have had these orchestras.'
Van Pelt has been the leader of the orchestra program for the Lake Oswego School District for over 15 years, promoting children as young as fourth grade to be involved in music. She is also the conductor of the Interlude Orchestra of the Metropolitan Youth Symphony.
Lakeridge students Galen Nahas and Peter Cheng took first and second places in the Cello competition.
Lakeridge's orchestra and Nahas will compete in the Oregon State Orchestra Competition in Corvallis on May 9.
Seminar on natural ADD treatments
Children suffering from attention deficit disorder (ADD/HD), depression or anxiety do not have to resort to prescription drug treatment.
Tanya Hudson, a naturopathic physician, will be speaking at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9, in the Huntington Learning Center.
She will be discussing possible causes for attention deficit disorder (ADD/HD), depression, and anxiety, along with an overview of conventional treatments and scientifically researched alternative treatments that have been successful in her own clinical practice.
She will also cover basic brain anatomy and how the ADD/HD brain functions. Her lecture will conclude with how you can optimize the learning environment at home for your child and six simple ways you can begin to optimize your child's health.
Hudson is committed to helping children be drug-free. She is a graduate of Bastyr University, one of the world's leading academic centers for natural medicine, and the owner of Hudson Naturopathic Clinic, specializing in the natural treatment of adolescent and childhood concerns such as ADD/HD, depression, and anxiety.
'Cool to be Kind' at Oak Creek
The three-week 'Cool to be Kind' campaign at Oak Creek Elementary resulted in a record 579 kindness coupons and an unlimited amount of goodwill.
The program encouraged Oak Creek students, staff and parents to spot students doing random acts of kindness in the classroom, in the halls, at recess, on the way to school, on the way home from school and even at home.
Do-gooders were rewarded with gold, silver and bronze coupons depending on the level of kindness, and the coupons were posted throughout the school.
Student Leadership wrote and performed short skits based on the campaign, and performed them in every Oak Creek classroom.
In the end, the kindness campaign acknowledged the good deeds already being done at Oak Creek, and inspired many more.