Zucchini car winners announced

MONMOUTH — Mid-Valley Christian Academy announced the winners of the annual zucchini car race and contest.

Students selected a zucchini from the Diaz Farm and spent a week designing and decorating their vegetable vehicle to be judged in a variety of categories.

The winners were: Ava Garcia, smallest; Madelyn Nieves, funniest; Hudson Stange, fastest; Joseph Heflin, tallest; Clara Kershner, strangest; and James Helfin, heaviest.

For more information about MVCA: 503-838-2818 or online at

SMART needs more volunteers

POLK COUNTY — Start Making a Reader Today (SMART) is looking for more volunteers to read to children for an hour a week.

The SMART program provides one-on-one reading time with kindergarteners at Independence, Oakdale Heights and Lyle elementary schools.

Sign up online at, or call 877-598-4633 for more information.

Dallas FFA to host Halloween food drive

DALLAS — The Dallas FFA Chapter will hold a Halloween Food Drive on Saturday.

FFA members will be going door-to-door on Halloween asking for donations. People can also leave food outside for pickup.

In association with Les Schwab Tire Center, food donations may be made at any Les Schwab Tire Center or FFA Chapter. Food will be donated to the Oregon Food Bank.

The food drive is part of a statewide hunger initiative during the month of October by the Oregon FFA and Les Schwab stores.

For more information: or

KVCS Holiday Project nominations open

KINGS VALLEY — The Kings Valley Charter School PTO is preparing for the Community Holiday Project for the 2015 holiday season. The project is designed to help families in the Kings Valley community with extra support over the holiday season.

The project’s goal is to provide all families in need in the community with a holiday food box and gifts for each member of the household.

Nomination forms for you and/or another family can be found at to submit online. All nominations will be kept completely confidential and no information will be released outside of the committee.

Nominations must be received by Nov. 13.

For more information: Terra Macnab, 503-871-2632 or email to

Merit program commends DHS senior

DALLAS — Dallas High School senior MaKenna Cook has been named a “Commended Student” in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Foundation.

DHS Principal Steven Spencer presented Cook with the letter of commendation last week.

Cook is one of 34,000 commended students out of 1.5 million who applied by taking the 2014 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Qualifying Test. Although she will not continue in the 2016 competition, commended students placed among the top 5 percent of entries.

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