Every year, Mariah Acton meets fourth-graders who have never been on a hike or seen a blue heron.
And every year, the Columbia River Watershed Festival seeks to change that, and give students a new perspective.
Acton, events and volunteer coordinator for the non-profit, helps organize the festival, which is held in a Clark County park every year. This year, it was held in Capt. William Clark Park in Washougal. It also rotates with visits to Klineline Pond, Vancouver Lake and Lewisville State Park.
The goal is to teach as many fourth-graders as possible about environmental stewardship and conservation, and having fun while learning about it.
On Thursday and Friday, approximately 1,000 kids, including those from Camas and Washougal, participated in the event. They made their way through 16 rotating stations, which ranged from environmental storytelling to conservation to searching for evidence of animal activity along the beach.
“They don’t get these kinds of activities anywhere else in school these days,” Acton said. “There have been so many cuts to field trips and outdoor school.
Read the full story at The Post Record.
This letter explains how your child(ren) can get free or reduced-price meals, as well as information on other benefits. It is sent to all households, posted on the district website and is available in all main offices during the school year.
Free and Reduced Applications
Free and Reduced Applications must be renewed every year at the beginning of the school year in all circumstances in order to insure your student’s lunch status remains the same. Please do not assume if your student qualifies for TANF, or other state programs that their status will be automatically updated.
Free and Reduced Price Meals Application (PDF)
Sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Ladies Auxiliary of the State of Washington, Dorothy Fox students in grades 3-5 are encouraged to submit an essay around the theme “How do I show my love for my country.”
Applications should be turned back to the Fox office by October 31st. Essays can be no more than 250 words. The application gives other specifics about the contest.Click here for a copy of the application Veterans Essay Contest Application 2012.
Students from Dorothy Fox have been honored in the past as regional winners and have gone on to have their essays judged at the state level. We are thrilled to have our local Camas/Washougal VFW be involved in judging and honoring local student winners.
We encourage students to participate this year.
On August 25th, 14 Fox families came together working elbow-to-elbow on a sunny Saturday to weed, clear field grass, pick up garbage, prune and edge the flower beds in front of the school.
Kids and adults alike were modeling service and community stewardship! It was not easy work and Dorothy Fox thanks each and every helper for their hardwork and dedication to our school. Volunteers like this make Fox ROCK!
Kudos to the Edwards Family, Dad and son Jolly, Mr. Burger, Father and Daughter Derhali, the Kidd Family, Father and Daughter Sugimoto, Mother and Daughter Savelesky, the Ticknor Family, Mrs. Sawyer, The Kerrs, Mom and Dad Reid, Mom and son Okerland, and the Sorks.
The students of Dorothy Fox set a school record on the last PTA fundraiser of the year of over $9,000 raised. Every penny earned for running school laps will be used on the Arts in 2012-13. Students will benefit from an amazing Artist-In-residence Program. Thank you to our Fox families, extended relatives, and community patrons who supported our 2012 Run-for-the-Arts Program!
After many years of fundraising, the Dorothy Fox PTA Parents were ready to present a check to the school this June to allow the district the funds to pave the 1/3 mile track that runs the perimeter of the school playground. This will support the student jogging program in the spring, enhance our PE Program, and allow for greater access for students with special needs. The district will serve as the project manager to bid the project and have the work completed this summer. Dorothy Fox is so grateful to our community.