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September 25, 2012
S.M.A.R.T. seeks volunteer readers
POLK COUNTY -- The S.M.A.R.T. (Start Making a Reader Today) program is seeking volunteers in Polk County to read to children ages pre-kindergarten through third grade.
Volunteers only need to be available a minimum of one hour per week during the SMART program year, which is from mid-October to mid-May at most sites. Volunteer coordinators are also needed to work two to 10 hours a week.
Most programs operate during the school day; days and times vary depending on the particular site and the SMART reading schedule. Volunteers who aren't available consistently each week can apply as SMART substitute readers.
For more information, including a list of schools needing volunteers: www.getSMARToregon.org; 503-391-8423; email Jessica Kliewer at jkliewer@getSMARToregon.org.
Kings Valley PTO needs volunteers
KINGS VALLEY -- The Kings Valley Charter School Parent Teacher Organization is recruiting volunteers to help with some of the group's upcoming fundraisers.
Committees are being formed for the first school jog-a-thon as well as the annual auction fundraiser. All parents, teachers and community members are welcome to participate.
All money raised through these events helps to support elementary field trips, classroom supplies, sports programs, online science, the building fund and other opportunities for students and staff at KVCS.
For more information: Terra Macnab, PTO president, 503-871-2632; email to email@example.com.
LVCS to hold open house in Pedee
PEDEE -- Luckiamute Valley Charter Schools will be holding an open house Thursday at its Pedee campus, 12975 Kings Valley Highway, Pedee (Monmouth).
The open house will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and will celebrate the reopening of the Pedee campus. The school holds classes for seventh and eighth graders.
Local residents and alumni are welcome to join and meet the staff and students. Food will be provided. Contact Brad Ford at 503-838-1933 to RSVP.
For more information: 503-623-4837.
WOU Writing Center offers classes
MONMOUTH -- Students in grades four through six are invited to take part in "Writing Adventures," a monthly program held at the Western Oregon University Writing Center in Monmouth.
The class is designed to encourage students to write and help demystify the writing process. The theme of the gatherings is "family" and will cover the spectrum of writing from learning to observe to contributing to a class magazine.
The class is one Tuesday night every month during the 2012-13 school year from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The next workshop is Oct. 30.
The series will be taught by Western professors Cornelia Paraskevas and Katherine Schmidt, both experts in writing theory and pedagogy. The series is free, but there are only openings for 21 students. To enroll your child: Kim Conolly at 503-623-7420.
Talmadge open house is Thursday
INDEPENDENCE -- Talmadge Middle School will hold an open house for community members from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday.
The event will include a welcome by Prinicipal Perry Labounty and allow parents to visit classrooms and get an overview of school curriculum and other programs from their students' teachers.
For more information: 503-838-1424.