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School Notes: Scholarship winner Bradley Lewis; Reynolds gets $1.3M in new tech; 140 walk in principals' shoes

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Grant grad gets scholarship for work with BikeFirst

Grant High School graduate Bradley Lewis has won a $1,000 scholarship for his essay on a social media platform he created for BikeFirst.

BikeFirst is an organization that teaches children with mental and physical disabilities to learn to ride a bike through innovative techniques. Lewis has volunteered annually with the Portland chapter.

A freshman last year at Oregon State University, 19-year-old Lewis transferred this year to Marymount Manhattan College to study theater and musical theater.

The scholarship was awarded by Spokeo, a Pasadena-based online people-searching website.

Reynolds celebrates $1.3 million tech grant

The Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission was honored Oct. 14 by the Reynolds School District board for its $1.3 million grant through TechSmart Initiative for Student Success.

The grant is focused on sixth-to-ninth-grade mathematics, which have been poor at the eastern Portland district. Freshman math is the most frequently failed class.

The money — originally raised through fees to cable companies for putting their lines through public right-of-ways — will go to buy technology and classroom supports at four schools.

Dozens try to walk in principals’ shoes

More than 140 community leaders, politicians and CEOs spent part of Oct. 15 shadowing area principals as part of All Hands Raised’s 15th annual Principal for Almost a Day event.

U.S. Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, House Speaker Tina Kotek, Portland Mayor Charlie Hales, Wells Fargo Regional President Tracy Curtis and many others took part in the event for the regional education foundation.

The job shadow started as an attempt to breed common understanding of the struggles schools face and the methods needed to address them.

The Principals for Almost a Day were then treated to a lunch panel discussion on the importance of school attendance.