Northwest Youth Corps accepts applications

The nonprofit organization Northwest Youth Corps that puts teens to work outdoors is recruiting teenagers 16 to 19 for a four-week session beginning Sept. 18.

Upon completion of the Eugene-based program, teens earn an education stipend, the opportunity to gain high school credit and the ability to obtain a future job reference or letter of recommendation.

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East County students earn national recognition

The National Merit Scholarship Program recently released the names of its 2014 semifinalists.

They included two from East County: Benjamin C. Morrison, Corbett High School; and Kevin J. Kim, Sam Barlow High School.

Established in 1955, program is an academic scholarship competition in the United States for recognition and university scholarships.

The semifinalists, high school seniors, will have an opportunity to continue in the competition for 8,000 National Merit Scholarships worth about $35 million that will be offered next spring.

Initiative comes to all Gresham-Barlow grade schools

The Right Brain Initiative has announced six new public school partners joining its program for the 2013-14 school year.

The three in East County include Deep Creek, Hall and West Gresham elementary schools, all in the Gresham-Barlow School District. This year, Gresham-Barlow is becoming the first district to involve Right Brain with every elementary school in its district.

Right Brain Initiative, a project of the Regional Arts & Culture Council, began in 2009 with the goal of bringing the arts to every K-8 classroom in the region through public and private funding partners.

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