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School notes: PCC powwow; College savings seminars; new Oregon Promise

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PCC powwow planned for Jan. 23

Portland Community College anticipates more than 1,000 people will attend its annual Wacipi (“They Dance”) Traditional Powwow from noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23.

This will be the 17th year that the Sylvania Campus has played host to the annual cultural event, which will feature drum groups and dancers from across the region, Native American crafts and food, activities for children, and raffle prizes.

The event, including parking and a community dinner at 5:30 p.m., is free and open to the public.

Proceeds from the event — through vendor fees, etc. — will go to the Native American Student Scholarship, which aims to increase access and retention of Native American students at PCC.

“One of the main goals of the day is to focus on youth,” said powwow volunteer Daniel Soucy in a news release.

“The powwow enlightens visitors about Native American culture and provides inspiration, fellowship and encouragement to Native American students at the college as they work toward their goals in education.”

Free college savings seminars

The Oregon College Savings Plan is hosting free college funding seminars, where the public is invited to come learn about all the tax advantages and other benefits of saving for college with the Oregon College Savings Plan.

The 529 plan, offered through the state of Oregon and managed by TIAA-CREF financial services, will have specialists on hand Saturday, Jan. 23, to answer questions during the seminars.

Experts also will discuss federal and state financial aid options and how to apply for scholarship funds. Complimentary appetizers and beverages will be provided.

Choose to attend an 11 a.m. session at the Beaverton City Library or a 2:30 p.m. session at the Oregon Zoo. Both sessions are on Saturday, Jan. 23.

Register online at: oregoncollegesavings.com/buzz/seminar.shtml

Middle-schooler Mark Sankov is an Oregon Promise

Mark Sankov, a student at Portland Public Schools’ Lane Middle School, is one of four students statewide selected by the Oregon School Boards Association to be featured in The Promise of Oregon campaign this week.

The Promise of Oregon campaign is a bid to garner public support of K-14 education. See more at: promiseoregon.org