Barlow seniors honored by Lions Club

The following seniors at Barlow High School were honored by the Gresham Breakfast Lions Club Thursday, April 17, at Guide Dogs for the Blind’s campus.

The students were recognized for their academics, contributions to the school and investment in the community.

The students include Garrett Childress, Courtney Hofeld, Kevin Kim ($850 scholarship winner), Zachary Standish, Austin Weichlein, Michelle Chase, Alexander Ray ($850 scholarship winner), Jenna Altenhofen, Aimee Grove, Courtney Obrist, Manuel Garcia, Wesley Ray, Amanda Heckman, Kami Crockatt ($850 scholarship winner), Olivia Spaid and Kelsey Tryon.

by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Cody Davisson of Damascus Middle School defends his answer to Chainani before it was determined he would be placed in the school for good.

Middle school students meet author

Author Soman Chainani visited Damascus Middle School and West Orient Middle School on Thursday, April 17.

During his visit, Chainani talked about his writing process, showed video trailers for his books and had students answer a series of fun questions to determine whether they’d be placed in the school for good or evil.

His bestselling novel, “The School for Good and Evil,” has been translated into languages across six continents and soon will be a major motion picture. His second novel, “A World Without Princes,” was released last week, and he is on a 20-city book tour.

The tour was sponsored by Barnes and Noble. For more information on Chainani’s books, visit

by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO -  Students at Pleasant Valley celebrated Earth Day Tuesday, April 22.

Pleasant Valley hosts Wildside Pollinator Planting Day

Threatening rain clouds didn’t stop 75 Pleasant Valley Elementary School sixth-graders and 100 volunteers from 11 Kohl’s stores from planting more than 750 linear feet of pollinator friendly hedgerows at the school Tuesday, April 22.

“Ten minutes of a brief rain shower did not dampen the enthusiasm and hard work of students and volunteers to make the planet greener at Pleasant Valley,” said teacher David Scharfenberg.

The event was held in celebration of Earth Day on the school’s Wildside grounds, a 10-acre restored habitat that serves as a hands-on laboratory to teach students about soil conservation, water quality, native plants and animal habitat.

Pollinator hedgerows will provide habitat for native pollinators such as bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. In addition, 14 classrooms worked to build and plant raised beds, plant rows of raspberries and beautify the school grounds.

To help with the project, the school applied for and received grants, including money to pay for compost and plants. Kohl’s contributed to these funds and planned to give the school $1,500 for every one of their stores to have five or more volunteers working on the project — money that will be used for interpretive trails and science learning tools.

“Being able to take care of the outside of our school helps build pride of ownership,” said Principal Laurie Ernstrom. “We hope our students will be able to transfer this learning to their own yards as well as out into the community and beyond.”

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