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Reynolds begins fall Challenge Days

Next week, Reynolds School District begins its series of fall Challenge Days at the high school and middle schools.

Numerous adult volunteers will join district administration and staff for the special daylong program.

The premise of Challenge Day is for each child to feel safe, loved and celebrated within his or her school by tackling challenging conversations and letting down barriers during a day of activities, games and small group time.

RHS Counselor David Hopper introduced the national program during the 2012-13 school year, with the goal of training each class of juniors.

The Reynolds School Board approved funds to expand Challenge Days to the middle schools following the June 10 RHS shooting.

For more information, visit challengeday.org.

Senior volunteer mentors needed in schools

Volunteers are being sought to serve as mentors for children in area schools through the AARP Experience Corps program.

This program matches volunteers age 50 and older with children in kindergarten through third grade who need a little extra attention to thrive academically.

Opportunities are available both during school hours and in after-school programs.

Volunteer mentors must be age 50 or older and able to commit to four or more hours per week throughout the school year.

No formal experience is needed, just the desire to help children succeed. Fun and dynamic trainings and ongoing support are provided.

Applications for the 2014-15 school year are being accepted for the Centennial, Reynolds, David Douglas and Parkrose school districts.

For more information, contact 503-688-1782 or email volunteer@metfamily.org.

Oregon History 101 kicks off for the season

The Oregon Encyclopedia and Oregon History Project, in partnership with the Oregon Historical Society and McMenamins Pubs, have kicked of their Oregon History 101 series for fall.

During the next nine months, the monthly lectures will take place at McMenamins Kennedy School. Events are free and open to the public.

Each class is designed to give Oregonians a basic understanding of the state’s people, places and events. Presentations emphasize Oregon’s connection to historical themes in American history, including Native history, early exploration, western expansion, race, gender and social justice and the post-industrial economy.

To learn more, visit oregonencyclopedia.org.

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