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Naas students learn new skills in programs

Students at Naas Elementary in Boring are participating in Pennies for Patients this week.

The program, which started Monday and runs through Friday, Jan. 17, is a coin fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

In addition to learning about fundraising, Naas students are getting the opportunity to learn about art.

From Tuesday, Jan. 21, to Thursday, Jan. 23, a team of volunteers will teach art lessons focusing on the technique of pointillism as introduced by artist Georges Seurat.

Pointillism is a painting technique in which the art utilizes small distinct dots of color to make up a whole piece.

Oregon Trail buildings need repairs with age

At the Oregon Trail School District board meeting Monday, Jan. 13, Facilities Director Jim Seipel and Director of Business and Support Services Tim Belanger discussed repairs and upgrades to Boring Middle School and Welches elementary and middle schools.

In December, an oil seepage was discovered from an unknown underground oil storage tank underneath the Boring Middle School boiler room. The district responded to the issue immediately and fixed the problem before students returned from winter break.

The district also will make upgrades to the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system at the schools in Welches.

The district has initiated a contract with Northwest Control Company Inc. for the upgrade.