A Phone-A-Thon for reading curriculum

The Gresham-Barlow Education Foundation will hold a Phone-A-Thon Feb. 25-28 to benefit the foundation’s 2013 reading campaign.

During the event, high school students in the district will call parents and community members asking for donations. Proceeds will benefit reading curriculum for struggling students in the district and high school student groups.

The Gresham Outlook, Key Bank of Troutdale, Gresham Sanitary and Gresham Ford are sponsoring the event. Individuals who donate $40 or more will receive a $20 gift certificate for service from Gresham Ford.

To make a pledge, visit

Reynolds offers education summit

The Reynolds School District invites the public to an education summit from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, in the multipurpose room at Reynolds High School, 1698 S.W. Cherry Park Road, Troutdale.

Rob Saxton, Oregon deputy superintendent of public instruction, will speak about current education reform efforts at the state level. Superintendent Linda Florence will talk about the strategic vision for the Reynolds School District.

The content will be available in English, Spanish and Russian. The room has a maximum capacity of 300. In order to support attendees in proving feedback and adequate translation services, pre-registration is advised at

Endangered Species Day art contest

The Endangered Species Day Youth Art Contest is accepting art created by students in kindergarten through 12th grade until Friday, March 15.

The International Child Art Foundation (ICAF) will select the 40 semifinalists from thousands of entries. Winners will be chosen in four categories, receiving plaques and art supply gift packs.

One grand prize winner will be honored with his or her name engraved on a special trophy, receiving a round-trip flight to Washington, D.C., with one guardian to attend a reception in May. The grand prize winner also will receive art supplies and a special art lesson from a renowned artist.

The Youth Art Contest is organized by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Endangered Species Coalition, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the International Child Art Foundation.

For more information, including judging criteria and an entry form, visit

Blumenauer visits Mt. Hood’s Early Childhood Center

Congressman Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., will visit Mt. Hood Community College at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20.

Blumenauer will meet with administrators and tour the Early Childhood Center, which opened in September 2011. The congressman helped the center receive a $306,549 grant from the Department of Education to build and equip an outdoor learning space with a rope climbing structure, musical instruments, tricycle corral and tricycle path.

The center, a 21,000-square-foot facility that was funded through $6.2 million in federal and state grants, serves 184 children 6 months to 5 years old and serves 60 students enrolled in the early childhood education academic programs.

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