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School briefs for May 25

State senator sponsors cyber bullying bill

State Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson, D-Gresham, supports Senate Bill 240 - which protects children from 'cyber bullying' - and will take questions about the bill, as well as others, at her 'Constituent Coffee' from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 28, at Silk Espresso 3030 N.E. Hogan Road, at the corner of the College Square shopping center at Hogan and Stark streets.

The Senate recently approved SB 240, which defines 'cyber bullying' and directs school districts to come up with specific policies to deal with this problem for children. The bill requires school employees to report their knowledge of online bullying or harassment through text messages.

SB 240 also allows anonymous reporting of such behavior by children and, if signed into law, would put Oregon among the six states that have proactive school policies regarding cyber bullying.

Corbett district offers summer programs

The Corbett School District is offering classes for elementary, middle and high school students this summer, from Tuesday, June 7, through Friday, Aug. 19.

Each class runs for a week, and is either a half-day or full-day program. Subjects include basketball, fishing, photography, French, Spanish, Russian, robotics, poetry, soccer, forensics, guitar, outdoor survival, hiking, core academics, writing, games, art, cooking and more.

Cost ranges from $75 to $180 per week.

To register, visit corbettk12.or.us and click on 'Corbett Summer Enrichment.'

Scholarships on tap children of military heroes

Freedom Alliance is now accepting college scholarship applications from the children of military heroes for the academic year, which begins in September.

Students are eligible if they are the dependent son or daughter of a U.S. soldier, sailor, airman, Marine or guard member who has been killed or permanently disabled as a result of an operational mission or training accident, or who is currently classified as a Prisoner of War (POW) or Missing in Action (MIA).

Students must be a high school senior or graduate, or registered as a full-time undergraduate younger than 26.

'We want every eligible student to have the opportunity to apply and get the assistance they deserve,' said Freedom Alliance President Tom Kilgannon. 'These scholarships help the sons and daughters of American heroes with the cost of a college education, but they also serve as a reminder to the student that their parent's sacrifice will never be forgotten by a grateful nation.'

In 2010, Freedom Alliance awarded more than $1 million in scholarships to college students who have had a parent sacrifice life or limb for our country. Scholarships may be used at colleges, universities, community colleges, vocational and technical schools.

For more information, visit fascholarship.com or call 1-800-475-6620.

Application deadline is July 31, but applicants are encouraged to apply early.