Schools can win 'green makeover'

Schools in the Portland area can now nominate themselves for a 'green makeover' through Ford Motor Company and Paige Hemmis, a designer from ABC's 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.'

Ford is sponsoring a nationwide 'Educate to Escape' contest that will award one school an eco-friendly makeover worth up to $250,000. Portland students, parents, community members, staff and teachers are encouraged to nominate a school by submitting an essay to by May 18. Schools minding their money due to budget cuts will benefit from eco-friendly renovations, which cut costs in energy bills over time.

Green improvements made to the winning school will be based on their specific needs, but some eco-friendly solutions may include energy-efficient appliances, athletic fields made of organic and sustainable materials, vegetation roofing, solar paneling, Energy Star lighting and insulation, programmable thermostats and triple-pane windows. The makeover will be conducted over the summer and revealed when the students return in the fall.

Portland Christian hosts dinner/auction

Albina Fuel presents Portland Christian Schools' Fourth annual Dinner and Silent Auction at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at the Embassy Suites Hotel, Portland Airport, 7900 N.E. 82nd Ave.

World-renowned global economist Barry Asmus will be the featured speaker. Asmus is an expert on world economics and politics, a Christian and a strong supporter of private education.

The evening will feature musical entertainment by Nathan and Carolyn Lacy.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Portland Christian Schools' Annual Fund, which provides tuition assistance for Portland Christian families. Seats may be purchased by reservation only at $50 per person. To make a reservation, contact the Portland Christian Schools Development Department at 503-256-3960 or e-mail [email protected]

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State recognizes Davis Elementary

Oregon Schools Superintendent Susan Castillo has named 16 public schools that have made significant progress in closing the achievement gap, including Davis Elementary in the Reynolds School District. Each school is named for the award has demonstrated significant improvement in student achievement for minority and/or low-income students. Davis, 19501 N.E. Davis St., Portland, was named a 2008 Celebrating Student Success Rising Star School.

All 16 schools will receive trophies and recognition at the Celebrating Student Success Banquet May 9 at the Oregon Convention Center.

Selected schools made it through a data screen that identified schools where student subpopulations (minority groups, students with limited English, special education students) made significant progress compared to the comparison groups (white students, English speaking students, non-special education).

Student cohorts were analyzed using data from 2003-04 through 2006-07. A team reviewed the data and examined the school to state comparisons and within school comparisons. Statewide report card and Adequate Yearly Progress data was also analyzed. The Educational Credit Management Corporation Foundation is the title sponsor for the banquet.

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