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by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Oak Creek Elementary students collected stacks of books to support low-income children. Oak Creek kids who helped out included, back row, from left: Julia Yazhari, Olivia McClimans, Nate Foster, Sarah Novitsky, Isobel Kremer; and front row, from left: Mohnish Judge, Anastasia Rozanova, Misaki Tanabe, Brett Goodall and Mick Leungpathomaram.

Oak Creek students support other readers

Oak Creek Elementary students have collected more than 1,000 books to support a nonprofit organization that aims to improve the literacy skills of low-income children.

The books will land at The Children’s Book Bank in Portland, which will give them to preschool children in the Portland metro area.

Oak Creek’s fifth-grade student leader group, The Coyote Book Worms, helped publicize the event and count and box the books during the collection efforts last month.

For more information, visit childrensbookbank.org.

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Portland Community College holds an annual powwow at its Sylvania campus.

Powwow soon will dance into town

The 15th annual Wacipi Winter Powwow is on tap at Portland Community College’s Sylvania campus next month.

Wacipi, which means “they dance,” describes the highlight of the celebration of Native American culture and tradition, which includes drum groups and dancers from throughout the area. Also on hand will be Native American crafts and food, children’s activities and raffle prizes.

According to a press release, more than 1,000 attendees are expected at the free event, to be held from noon to 9 p.m. Jan. 18 in the Health Technology Building at Sylvania, 12000 SW 49th Ave. Parking is free.

Grand entries featuring dancing and drumming will be at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. A free dinner is at 5:30 p.m. There also will be a college fair from noon to 4 p.m.

The master of ceremonies is Bob Tom, of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz and Grand Ronde, and the whip man, also called the arena director, is Ed Goodell of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz. The Northwest Indian Veterans Association will serve as the Color Guard.

Proceeds from the powwow benefit the Native American Student Scholarship. The scholarship aims to improve Native American students’ access to PCC and PCC’s retention of Native American students. Event sponsors are the college’s Sylvania Campus president, powwow planning committee, Sylvania Multicultural Center, Sylvania Women’s Resource Center and the Native American Rehabilitation Association.

For more information, visit pcc.edu/about/events/powwow.

Blake Shell

Art Gym announces its new curator

The new director and curator of The Art Gym and Belluschi Pavilion joined Marylhurst University on Monday.

Since 2009, Blake Shell has served as director of the Archer Gallery at Clark College and project manager for the Stroemple Art Collection in Portland. She’s been managing a collection of 1,700 pieces of art. She was a curatorial assistant for the Hoffman Gallery at Lewis & Clark College.

Terri Hopkins retires in January after 33 years as director and curator of The Art Gym. Hopkins will help Shell transition into the position.

Board of Education welcomes new member

A professor will join the State Board of Education, participating in his first meeting earlier this month.

Charles Martinez serves as an associate professor and department head at the University of Oregon’s Department of Educational Methodology, Policy, and Leadership. Martinez’s duties also include directing the Center for Equity Promotion and teaching courses in diversity and multicultural education, health and education equity, and methodology.

The Oregon Senate confirmed Martinez in November, and he will fill the term that Artemio Paz Jr. vacated.

The seven-member board sets educational policies and standards for the state’s 197 public school districts and other public educational institutions.

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