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Centennial to host 'Dancing with Staff'

A 'Boot Scootin' ' office receptionist and a 'Beverly Hills Bad Boy' resource officer will be part of the lineup for the Future Business Leaders of America's (FBLA) fourth annual 'Dancing with the Staff' competition at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10, in the auditorium at Centennial High School, 3505 S.E. 182nd Ave.

Twelve FBLA students, with talents ranging from hilarious hip-hop to artful head banging, have choreographed dances for their partners - 12 teachers. These dancing duos are judged more on humor than talent, said Adriann Hardin, FBLA adviser.

'Although there will be an official scoring sheet for the four judges, the audience will also get to vote for their favorite performance,' she said.

The event is a fundraiser for the club and benefit for the Dougy Center for Grieving Children and Families. The $5 admission entitles you to one vote. Additional votes cost 50 cents.

Art Institute looks for contest entries

The Art Institute of Portland, as well as Americans for the Arts, a nonprofit organization, seeks entries for the 2012 Poster Design Competition through Friday, Feb. 3.

This year's competition challenges high school seniors and high school graduates from the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico to design a poster that best expresses the competition's theme 'You Can Create Tomorrow.'

In the high school senior category, the local winner will earn a $3,000 scholarship and the local second-place winner will earn a $1,000 scholarship to The Art Institute of Portland. In the high school graduate category, the local first-place winner will earn a $1,000 scholarship to The Art Institute of Portland.

The local first-place winners in each category will go on to compete in the National Poster Design Competition. The national grand prizewinner in the high school senior category will earn a full-tuition scholarship to an Art Institutes school.

The national grand prizewinner in the high school graduate category will earn a $10,000 tuition scholarship to an Art Institutes school.

To see the entry requirements, visit artinstitutes.edu/postercompetition or multivu.com/players/English/51393-art-institutes-poster-design-competition/.

Reynolds employees help food drive

Employees from the Reynolds School District Transportation Department collected more than 6,650 pounds of food in the recent Fill-A-Bag food drive sponsored by Riverview Community Bank, Gresham Ford, Classique Floors, West Columbia Gorge Rotary, Gresham Rotary and The Gresham Outlook.

The drive was designed to help SnowCap Community Charities, which feeds 10,000 people each month.

Employees of the transportation department used the football rivalry between the Oregon State Beavers and the University of Oregon Ducks to stimulate donations. Employees could designate their cash and food donations in Duck or Beaver stations.

The Beavers prevailed in the Civil War with 4,319 pounds to the Ducks' 2,877 pounds. The Ducks' only consolation was they won the Rose Bowl.

Anthology seeks student submissions

'Honoring Our Rivers: A Student Anthology,' is taking submissions through Tuesday, Jan. 31.

A project of the Willamette Partnership, 'Honoring Our Rivers' is intended to stimulate awareness of Oregon's fragile watersheds -including the waters, land, plants, animals and habitats - as well as celebrate and inspire student works. The anthology includes original student art, poems, essays, photographs and drawings focusing on the relationship between people and watersheds.

All students, kindergarten through college, are eligible to submit their original literary works and/or their artwork.

Applications can be found at honoringourrivers.org or by calling Sarah Schra at 503-585-8789.