Host families needed

Cultural Homestay International, a nonprofit educational exchange organization, seeks American families to host high school international exchange students for the 2013-2014 school year. These students come from Europe, Asia and South America.

The students have full medical insurance and pay for their own school and personal expenses. Host families provide free room and board and a nurturing and safe home for the foreign students.

For more information, call Kathie Simmons at 503-737-4131 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Attend Educator Appreciation Days

Barnes & Noble at Bridgeport Village will offer educators an additional discount on classroom and personal purchases during January Educator Appreciation now through Jan. 20. Pre-K-12th grade educators who shop during Educator Appreciation Days will receive:

  • A 25 percent discount on personal and classroom purchases

  • A 10 percent discount on DVDs and music

  • A chance to win either a NOOK Tablet or a $500 Barnes & Noble gift card (one educator per region)

  • Discounts on products marked down for post-holiday clearance

    Barnes & Noble at Bridgeport Village is located at 7227 SW Bridgeport Road, Tigard. For more information, call 503-431-2088 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    Submit a safety video

    High school students across Oregon are invited to enter the annual video contest “Speak up. Work Safe.” Teens have used special effects, humorous storylines and creative characters to promote young worker safety and health in past videos.

    Submission deadline is Feb. 1. The top three entries will take home cash prizes ranging from $300 to $500 and students will earn a matching amount for their schools. Contest winners will be unveiled at a screening event to be announced in the spring and winning entries will be posted on YouTube.

    The contest is designed to increase awareness about safety on the job for young people. Students must create a 90-second or less video with the overall theme of “Speak up. Work Safe.” Specific video guidelines are outlined in the contest rules. Participants are encouraged to use humor, creativity and share the message “Speak up. Work shouldn’t cost you your future.”

    For more information and guidelines, visit

    Submit a poem

    The Oregon Poetry Association is sponsoring the 15th annual Oregon Student Poetry Contest. All Oregon students, kindergarten through 12th grade, enrolled in public, private, parochial and alternative schools and home schooled, are invited to submit a poem.

    There is no entry fee. The deadline for entries is Feb. 1. Ten winners each in four age categories receive cash prizes ranging from $5 for honorable mentions to $30 for first place.

    All 40 winning poems will be published in “Cascadia: The Oregon Student Poetry Contest Anthology.”

    For more information, visit or send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to P.O. Box 28230, Portland, OR 97228.

    Sign up for CCC Skills Competition

    The 35th annual CCC Skills Competition will be held Feb. 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Clackamas Community College. This event is open to all high school students and promotes the transition from secondary to postsecondary education.

    The event will provide students the opportunity to demonstrate the skills and knowledge they have learned in school. A variety of subjects offered include: art, automotive, business, broadcast journalism, foreign language and math.

    For a complete list, including registration information, visit

    Submit a story

    The Friends of Tryon Creek kicked off its 18th annual Tall Tale Writing Contest for kindergarten through sixth-grade students. This year’s theme is “Why Crayfish Swims Backward.”

    Awards will be given for first place, second place and honorable mention in each grade level. Prizes include gift certificates to the Tryon Creek Nature Center ranging from $5 to $25 and Friends of Tryon Creek camp discounts. The contest is free. Entries must be received by March 15.

    Over the years the contest has grown, with nearly 400 students from Hillsboro to Clackamas participating in 2012. The contest continues to be an opportunity for children to hone their writing skills while tapping into their creativity and stimulating their innate interest in nature.

    Complete contest guidelines can be found at For more information, contact Matthew Collins at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    Enter Oregon Humane Society competition

    The Oregon Humane Society’s Education Department seeks young artists and writers with a humane vision to enter the 64th annual Be Kind to Animals poster and photo/story contest. Oregon students grades first through 12th can enter.

    Each grade has a specific theme illustrating a valuable humane lesson. Students can enter posters that illustrate the themes or a written story.

    Information brochures and entry forms can be downloaded online at

    All entries must be received by or postmarked no later than March 22. Send or deliver entries to: Oregon Humane Society, Education Department, P.O. Box 11364 (mail only) 1067 NE Columbia Blvd. (delivery only) Portland, OR 97211.

    Prizes will be awarded to the top four winners in each grade level. The grand prize and runner-up will be chosen from the first place winner in each grade level. The grand prize winner will receive a laptop. The runner-up will receive an E-reader tablet. All winners will also receive a special award certificate, ribbon of honor and an invitation to the A’Cat’Emy Awards.

    For more information, call 503-416-5034 or visit

    Sign up for Flash Alert system

    Flash Alert is a system that the West Linn-Wilsonville School District uses to notify parents about inclement weather conditions that impact whether schools will be open. Parents can subscribe to the Flash Alert system to receive emails and/or text messages when such circumstances arise.

    To do so, visit the district website ( and click the link at the top of the left column labeled “Inclement Weather Closure Status.”

    This page shows the status of schools for the current date and also allows a subscription to text/email alerts or to renew existing subscriptions.

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