School Notes

Dallas Family Night Out ready for school

DALLAS — Summer still is going strong, but it’s time to start thinking about getting ready for back to school.

Dallas Family Night Out on Aug. 17 at Dallas Methodist Church, 565 LaCreole Drive, has all the bases covered for getting students back into class, from school supplies to haircuts. The event runs from 3 to 7 p.m.

This year, Dallas Family Night Out has joined forces with Salvation Army’s Tools for Schools Program and the Apple Tree School Drive in an effort to help more families.

“Our committee is working on reaching even more families to distribute more backpacks and school supplies to Dallas-area residents,” said Sheri Beehner, the event’s coordinator.

Dallas Family Night Out will offer backpacks with school supplies, haircuts, immunizations, well-child checkups, a clothing giveaway for the whole family, a free meal, games and prizes and entertainment.

All services are offered for free and day-of sign up for a backpacks and supplies is available. Parents should bring proof of Dallas residency to pick up a backpack, including a driver’s license, state ID, utility bill, or lease agreement.

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‘Tools for School’ set for Aug. 18 in FC

FALLS CITY — The Salvation Army and Falls City Christian Church is gearing up to give away 175 backpacks packed with school supplies on Aug. 18.

The event will be at George Kitchen Park or Upper Park in Falls City from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

More than just school supplies, the giveaway offers dinner, haircuts, a resource fair, bouncy house, face painting and more.

Those who attend the Falls City School District will be eligible to receive a free backpack stuffed with supplies with photo identification or proof of Falls City residence.

For more information, contact Nicole Bats at The Salvation Army Polk County office, 503-623-9664 ext. 2481.

If you would like to donate to this event, contact Lacey Carlson at 503-798-4843.

Whitworth seismic upgrade set for 2017

DALLAS — The Dallas School District and the state have finalized a contract allowing the district to use a $1.493 million grant for seismic upgrades at Whitworth Elementary School.

By the terms of the contract, the work needs to take place within two years of the grant being awarded. In order to meet that timeline, the upgrades are scheduled for the summer of 2017.

“It’s going to make for a busy summer next year,” said Facilities Manager Kevin Montague.

Central faucets show little, no lead

INDEPENDENCE — Central School District officials began testing faucets and sinks in school buildings in June. Results were recently returned, showing no detection of lead in nine of the 14 samples pulled.

The highest sample showed 5.9 parts per billion. It was taken from the upper building water fountain at Talmadge Middle School.

Stating that no level of lead is considered safe, facilities manager Cec Koontz said that further testing will be done on those faucets that showed any lead at all.

“We’ve been waiting on those results just to confirm we aren’t facing an actionable problem,” Koontz said.

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