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Lelooska Cultural Center captivates kids


Numas, the old man, is among many masked dancers telling Native American stories to students during a Lelooska living history program in Ariel on Thursday morning. The children were entertained with stories, music and masked dancers during the one-hour program. Photo: Steven Lane


In the woods near Lake Merwin, yellow school buses pull up to a cedar house. The bus doors open, ejecting energetic third-graders who propel toward the house.

It’s field trip day at the Lelooska Cultural Center in Ariel, 10 miles east of Woodland. Over the course of a school year, about 10,000 third- and fourth-graders visit the site. Thursday’s students are from four Clark County schools: Marshall and Washington elementary schools from Vancouver Public Schools, Woodburn Elementary from Camas School District and Pacific Crest Academy, a private school.

Read the full story at The Columbian.

Bridging the generation gap

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Second grade students at Woodburn Elementary get to read to a special audience on Thursday mornings. Each week, residents of the Columbia Ridge Senior Living facility take a shuttle bus to the school and spend an hour reading with students. The senior citizens enjoy the interactions with young readers, and students are thrilled to shine in a one-to-one setting.

Teacher Tracey MacLachlan said, “The kids really love the interactions with seniors. Each week they sign up for a turn to read, and most can’t wait for it to be their turn.”

CEF Auction Chair needed

That’s right – the CEF Auction never sleeps. Believe it or not, preparations for the 2014 Auction are well underway. In fact, the date and venue have already been secured, but one piece is missing: a co-chair for the committee. Or maybe we should say a dynamic co-chairing duo. Three-year alum Mandy Huth has committed to co-chairing this year’s auction in a supporting role, but she needs a person who will take over the reins.  If you have been looking for a good way to get seriously involved in fundraising in Camas, this may be the job for you! See this job description for more detail about what’s involved, and contact Mandy at cefcamas@gmail.com  if you are at all curious.

School Board Appreciation Month

January is School Board Appreciation Month!

It takes strong schools to build a strong community, and our school board members devote countless hours to making sure our schools are helping every child learn at a higher level.  They make the tough decisions every month and spend many hours studying education issues and regulations in order to provide the kind of accountability our citizens expect.  Please take a moment to show your appreciation to our five wonderful school board members this month! If you would like to send a note of appreciation or an email you can send it to school and we will forward it to the District Office for a celebration planned on January 27th.