Wash. middle schooler opens ‘community closet’


Middle school can be a tough time for kids who don’t have a lot of clothes. KOIN 6 News met a young man who opened up a store inside his school, where everything is free.

Liberty Middle School in Camas, Washington is the home of the Lions. It’s also home to something rather unique – the “Liberty Community Closet.” Student Gared Skorick unlocked the door and, minutes later, students began pouring into the room. “Oh, I like this!” young girls are overheard saying, as they peruse the clothes on the rack. It’s as if they’re shopping at the mall.

The closet has everything: shirts, pants, pajamas, shampoo, conditioner, hair products, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap and school supplies. Everything is donated. Everything is free.

“His brainchild was to create this closet,” principal Marilyn Boerke said of Gared. “He’s put blood, tears and passion into helping students at Liberty Middle School.” Skorick told KOIN 6 News he once attended another school, and didn’t have many things. The school had a similar community closet and he used it. So, he pitched the idea to Principal Boerke. Her reaction?

View the full story at koin.com.

Call for Entries: Student Film Festival

Yeah, having your schoolwork posted on the fridge at home is cool. But having a video you made posted on the Camas School District website and screened at the Liberty Theatre in downtown Camas? We think that’s pretty cool, too. That’s why we’re excited to announce the first-ever Camas School District Student Film Festival: a video contest created just for K-12 students, and whose finalists will have their short films shown at the Liberty Theatre. Finalist videos may also be featured on the District website, YouTube channel, and social media pages.


Contest ends February 4, 2015. Click here to download the Official Rules.

Here’s What’s Happening at Liberty the Week of February 2nd!

Monday, February 2nd

  • Challenge Week Spirit Day! Mis-Match Monday! Wear your favorite mis-matched clothes – “Don’t worry about fitting in”
  • 2:45 – 4:00 p.m.: Science Olympiad Practice – Room 306

Tuesday, February 3rd

  • Challenge Week Spirit Day! Hawaiian Day! Wear your  favorite Hawaiian clothes!  – “Ohana means family in Hawaiian and Liberty is a family”
  • 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.: Science Olympiad Practice – Room 306

Wednesday, February 4th

  • Challenge Week Spirit Day! Crazy Hair Day! – “Be Yourself”
  • 11:25 a.m. – 12:58 p.m.: Clothes Closet Open! – Room 632
  • 2:00 – 2:45 p.m.: 8th Grade FSA Assembly, CHS Reps Here –  Band & Choir Rooms

Thursday, February 5th

  • Challenge Week Spirit Day! Comfy Day! Wear your comfortable clothes….jammies, sweats, etc. – “Be comfortable with your personality”
  • 2:45 – 4:30 p.m.: Robotics Meeting – Room 303

Friday, February 6th

  • Challenge Week Spirit Day! Color Wars! 6th Grade: White, 7th Grade: Red, 8th Grade: Black – “Show your school spirit!”
  • 7:15 – 7:50 a.m.: Fitness Friday! – Main Gym
  • 11:25 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Spirit Shack Open! – Commons


Next Wednesday, January 28th, is our second dance of the school year!  It is DISNEY themed, so break out your dancing shoes and get ready to get your Mickey Mouse on.  The dance will go from 2:45-4:15p.m. and will cost $3 with ASB and $4 without an ASB card.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Knowledge Bowl is Coming!!!!

Would you like to be part of Liberty’s next championship-winning team? Do you like game-shows like “Jeopardy”? Do you work well under pressure? Do you like making great friends? Do  you like COOKIES?!?

Come to Mr. D’s room in 106 next Friday the 30th for a short informational meeting from 2:45pm-3:30pm.

Middle School Community Ed Classes Now Being Offered!


Middle School Community Ed classes. For more information go to www.camascommunityed.org or call (360) 833-5544.


SEW FUN! A Sewing Class for Youth

Ages: 10-14, Learn how to sew in this fun, supportive environment. Complete two projects as you learn the basics of sewing and how to use the tools of the trade. The 1st project will be a pillowcase. One yard cotton fabric of desired print for pillowcase and thread to match. 2nd project to be determined. Sewing machines will be provided. Minimum 4 students, maximum 8.  Date: Tuesday, March 10-31, Time: 4:00-5:30 PM, Fee: $48, Location: Camas District Office JDZ, Instructor: Lara Harker, Class code:  #2055-15



Ages: 11-15, Safe Sitter’s Training prepares the student for nurturing & protecting children. Students will learn about babysitting as a business, child care essentials, safety for the sitter, injury management, preventing problem behavior, choking infant & choking child rescue. Date: Saturday, March 21, Time: 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM, Fee: $70, Location: Camas District Office, JDZ, Instructor: Staci Firl, Class Code: #2006-15



Grade: 6-8, Develop critical & creative thinking skills. Learn critical principles, tactics, & strategies. Curriculum developed by two-time national chess champion Andrew Svehaug. See video at: successthroughchess.com. Date: Mondays, Time: 3:30-4:30, Location: Camas District Office JDZ, bussing is available to JDZ from Skyridge, Fee: $99 for an eight week session, Instructor: Alan Svehaug and others.



Girls grades: 5-8, Come and be a part of the team this spring and join us in the Camas Youth Volleyball League. All skill levels are welcome. Our focus is on learning skills, team work, the fundamentals of volleyball and the most important thing, having fun! Camas High School players will be part of the coaching staff along with other great coaches. Your daughters coach will contact you before kick-off night. Registration deadline is 3/23. Practices and games will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays and times will be determined after the registration deadline and the teams are formed. Fee: $65 includes t-shirt. Grades 5-6:  #2060-15, Grades 7-8: #2061-15.



Ages: 7 to Adult, Learn the traditional Korean martial art of Soo Bahk Do taught by nationally certified Moo Kuk Kwan instructors. Taught in a safe, no-contact environment to insure the best experience for all involved. Immediate family members receive a $30 discount. Date: Mondays & Wednesdays, Time: 5:00-5:45 PM, Fee: $120 for 13 classes, Location: Camas District Office JDZ, Instructors: Anna Oulashin & Charles Smith.



Students should sign up for a time slot at lunch (starting Jan 12th).

Tuesday they will have singing auditions (prepare a short song to be sung a cappella) and reading auditions on Wednesday. Thursday and Friday are call backs for those on the posted list.

Running Club News

The Liberty running club is off to a great start with an average of 27 young men and women braving the elements every Monday and Thursday from 3:00 – 3:45 p.m. The runners tackle the various trails around Round and Lacamas lakes as well as other routes through town. All runners regardless of ability are welcome to join as are parents. We have been very fortunate to have Chad Stewart and Brian Pinch as regulars as well as Veronika Greenwood and Karen Pickering join us. Many of the runners are training for the Shamrock Run on 15 March 2014. If you would like to join running club or participate on the Liberty student and family team for the Shamrock Run, see Mr. Brossia or Mrs. Harlan for the forms.

Upcoming Events!

Mon, 1/12-1/16/2015: College Week!

Mon, 1/19/2015: NO SCHOOL! Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Holiday

Tues, 1/20-1/23/2015: All School Musical Tryouts

Wed, 1/21/2015 9:00-9:30a.m.: Perk with Boerke Conference rm#409

Wed, 1/21/2015 6:30-7:30: 8th Grade Parent meeting for High School graduation requirements and transition related issues

Thurs, 1/22/2015 3:45-5:30p.m.: 7/8 Boys Basketball Game AWAY @ Skyridge

Thurs, 1/22/2015 3:45-5:30p.m.: 7/8 Girls Basketball Game HOME v. Skyridge

Sat. 1/24/2015: Science Olympiad – Canyon Park tournament @ Bothell, WA

Mon, 1/26/2015: NO SCHOOL! Grading Day

Wed, 2/11/2015 & Thurs, 2/12 10:15a.m.: LATE START! Doors open @ 9:45a.m.

Fri, 2/13/2015: SCHOOL IN SESSION: Inclement weather make-up day

Mon, 2/16/2015: NO SCHOOL! Presidents’ Day Holiday

Tues, 2/17/2015 3:45-5:30p.m.: 7/8 Boys Basketball Game HOME v. Skyridge

Tues, 2/17/2015 3:45-5:30p.m.: 7/8 Girls Basketball Game AWAY v. Skyridge

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