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Preschool adds more days

Tree of Knowledge Christian Preschool in Gresham, which had to downsize from a five-day-a-week school to three days a week a few years ago because of the economy, announced it is reopening its doors for Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Tree of Knowledge, 24457 S.E. Stark St., is a nonprofit preschool for children ages 3-5 and has served Gresham-area families for more than 35 years.

The school is enrolling new students. If interested, call the school at 503-666-6654 to register or to schedule a visit.

Chess tourney to raise funds to fight disease

Corbett High School, 35800 E. Historic Columbia River Highway, will host the Chess for Fanconi Anemia Benefit Tournament from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18.

All proceeds from the tournament will go to the Fanconi Anemia Research Fund, which is fighting the life-threatening genetic disease.

The tournament is open to students in grades kindergarten through 12. Check-in begins at 9 a.m. and games start at 9:30 a.m. The suggested donation is $10. Donations from non-players are also appreciated.

For more information and to register, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit chess forfa.wordpress.com.

Brady speaks at Springdale Job Corps event

New Seasons co-founder and Portland mayoral candidate Eileen Brady encouraged students at the Springdale Job Corps in Troutdale to 'dream big' when she recently spoke to the first graduating class of 2012.

The ceremony, held Friday, Jan. 13, at Mt. Hood Community College's Visual Arts Theater, highlighted 18 graduates. In order to walk in the ceremony, students had to have been placed into a job, completed a GED/high school diploma at Springdale (or come into the program with one) and successfully completed a career technical training area such as culinary arts, health or auto body collision repair.

Brady shared her personal story of aspiration and hard work, saying that she started at a small grocery store called Natural Foods Co-op, earning $5 an hour and buying used grocery store equipment. Married with two small children, she said it was a struggle to make it to where she wanted to be, but she continually told herself that she could do it no matter what.

Brady also talked about her son, Collin, who overcame injuries in a fire to become a professional triathlete and Olympic hopeful. Brady encouraged the graduates to continue to grow, dream big and believe in themselves.

Alex Hayes, student government association president, was master of ceremonies. Student speaker Sonia Hernandez, who completed the protective services and security program, shared her vision and experience at Job Corps for the graduates and current students.

Center Director Naomi Ulsted gave a brief speech reminding the graduates and current students of their hard work and perseverance and to continue on the road they had paved for themselves.

During the graduation celebration, a group of students, staff, Ulsted and Brady broke into a surprise flash mob dance routine to 'Joy and Pain' by Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock. For more information on the Springdale Job Corps, visit springdale.jobcorps.gov or call 503-695-2245.

Apply for Food Corps'next class

FoodCorps, a national organization that addresses childhood obesity and food insecurity in underserved communities, is now accepting applications for its second annual class of service members.

Applications for the next class of FoodCorps members are due Monday, March 25. Visit foodcorps.org/become-a-service-member for more information.

The selected emerging leaders will dedicate one year of full-time public service in school food systems finding healthy, local food for school cafeterias, expanding hands-on nutrition education programs and building and tending school gardens.

This school year, there are four FoodCorps members providing service in Multnomah, Marion, Lane, Benton and Tillamook counties. This next round of recruitment is anticipated to bring seven FoodCorps members to Oregon starting in August 2012. FoodCorps will also expand to Baker County.

In Oregon, the first class of service members have served more than 2,300 kids, built or revitalized 11 school or community gardens, and engaged 80 volunteers. More than 1,500 pounds of produce from school or community gardens was donated to food-insecure families or food-assistance programs.

For more information, call Michelle Markesteyn Ratcliffe at 503-872-6600.