Door Knocking for School Bond

Volunteers are needed to go door knocking for the school bond. Groups will be out every Saturday and Sunday starting January 4th/5th through February 8th/9th. Saturdays will begin @ 9am and Sundays will begin @ 2pm. Meet at the Ridgefield United Methodist Church where volunteers will be given a list of homes they will visit, along with information to pass along to voters, and tips on how to talk with their fellow citizens.

There will also be a Bond Rally on Wednesday, January 8th @ 6pm @ The Sportsman’s. Citizens will provide tater tots and spud chips to all who attend.

The superintendent, the school board, and members of Citizens for Ridgefield Schools will be there to outline the options that are on the table for our growing school district and how the bond is the only positive way forward. We will also ask people to commit in some way to helping with the bond campaign and our efforts moving forward.

People can RSVP for both Door Knocking and the Rally to ctizens4rs@gmail.com or to our events post on our Facebook page, here.

Ridgefield Seniors Supporting Our Schools

Many of the readers of this blog have seen some interesting School Bond signs posted around our community, and you have probably noticed that they were put up by a group of Seniors Supporting our Schools. In addition, when your copy of the January issue of Ridgefield Living is delivered, you will see an article about these seniors. Keep an eye out for it.

 

Ridgefield School District Schedules Patron Tour on January 9th

Ridgefield School District is scheduling a Patron Tour on Thursday, January 9 from 8:30 am to 11:30 am.  Bus transportation to the schools will be provided.

District and school administrators will lead participants on a tour of all Ridgefield schools.  Stops will include Ridgefield High School, View Ridge Middle School, Sunset Ridge Intermediate School, South Ridge Elementary School, and Union Ridge Elementary School.

“This tour will give citizens an opportunity to visit each of our schools and discuss topics of interest and how they relate to the growth in our district,” said Superintendent Nathan McCann.

Patron Tour participants will meet at the Ridgefield Administrative and Civic Center (RACC) at 510 Pioneer Street in downtown Ridgefield.  Check-in starts at 8:15 am, and a continental breakfast will be provided before the tour.

To register, please send an email to communications@ridgefieldsd.org with your name, contact phone number and the number of participants in your group.

“Ghosted” Opens the Door for Mental Health Awareness

Imagine you are friends with someone, and everything is fine.  Then suddenly, they stop talking to you, calling you, texting you, with no explanation at all—it’s like your relationship never even existed.  That’s ghosting.  And it’s one of the many challenging topics addressed in the play Ghosted.

Kaiser Permanente Educational Theatre Program and the Northwest Children’s Theater presented the one-hour assembly to all Ridgefield High School students.  According to the National Institute of Mental Health, one in every five teenagers lives with a mental health condition, and less than half are receiving the support they need.  Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theatre Program hopes to reduce the stigma of mental health challenges, to teach healthy coping strategies, and to let students know that it’s okay to ask for help.  The goal is for students to feel that they are not alone.

The play follows four students who are dealing with mental health challenges.  Syd is clinically diagnosed with anxiety.  Andre is dealing with depression.  Liam has anger management issues.  And Kayla is trying to manage stress.  They meet unexpectedly at the school counselor’s office, where they go from being strangers to eventually discussing their issues.  Then they try to determine how to move forward, using coping skills and leaning on each other for support.

“Ghosted” characters Andre, Kayla, Syd and Liam talk in the safe space of an art classroom.

A post-performance question and answer session with the cast and a moderator gave students the chance to discuss the play’s themes.  They offered a range of coping strategies, like breathing exercises, sharing with a trusted adult, immersing yourself in an activity you enjoy, getting exercise, finding a counselor or therapist, removing yourself from stressful situations, and texting the crisis line.

Ridgefield High School students always have access to information about counseling and other resources on the back of their student ID cards.  Counselors, teachers, and administrators also received training guides about Ghosted and are able to provide students with additional support around mental and emotional health.

In addition to in-school resources, Ghosted mentioned two key national resources for additional help, available 24 hours a day/7 days a week:  the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (suicidepreventionlifeline.org) or the Crisis Text line by texting HELLO to 741741 (crisistextline.org).

By modeling strong, positive responses to common mental health challenges, the school hopes to open an ongoing dialogue around mental health and provide multiple paths to help for teens in crisis.  Playwright Trista Baldwin explained, “There are all kinds of ways to ghost, to disconnect abruptly from each other or from life.  Despite the fear of being ghosted, in this play, the characters do the opposite, committing to stay connected.”

Ridgefield High School wants to provide a safe space for students to discuss teen issues.  “I know we talked about some big topics, some heavy topics, and some topics that many of us face,” principal Christen Palmer said after the show.  “We are a Spudder family.  So if you are going through something or if a friend or somebody you know is going through something, you don’t, at your age, need to know how to deal with it all by yourself.  We have our counselors and mental health professionals here on campus, adults who are ready to help.  Get help.  We’re there for each other.  Being part of the Spudder family, that’s what we do for each other.”

Giving Tree Makes Holidays Special for Ridgefield Students

For many families, the holidays are a challenging time of year.  Even small gifts can be out of reach on tight budgets.  The Giving Tree program has provided holiday cheer for hundreds of children in Ridgefield schools each year, matching donors with wish lists from family members.

Giving Trees were set up at every school in the Ridgefield School District School.  Counselors and the Ridgefield Family Resource Center identified families with school age children who could use some assistance in buying gifts.  The students submitted their wishes, and the wishes were written on tags, along with the student’s gender and age.  (Students are never identified by name or any other information; it is anonymous.)   Then donors selected a tag or tags from the Christmas tree at their school.

The Giving Tree at View Ridge Middle School.

The parent teacher organizations at each school offered many hours of volunteer service to collect, match, wrap, store, and distribute the presents.  Each family was able to pick up gifts or have them delivered in time for the holidays.

It was another successful year for the Giving Tree program; each school was able to fill dozens of gift requests.  Union Ridge Elementary School was unusually busy; they received gifts for 377 children.  “We had to refill the tree with new tags four different times,” school counselor Nicky Dunn said.  “The response was amazing.  And it’s all for Union Ridge originated families.  At least one of the kids in the family attends school here, and other tags are for their siblings, because we support all of the kids in the home.”

The Giving Tree is an easy way to make the holidays happier for families in need.  Many thanks to the Ridgefield community for its generosity and holiday spirit.

Giving Tree tags identify gift requests from children.

 

At Union Ridge Elementary, 377 gifts were donated for families in need.

School Safety to be Focus of Bond Workshop Set for January 6th

Ridgefield School District will hold its next School Board Bond Workshop with the community on Monday, January 6th, 5:00-6:30 pm in the Columbia Assembly Room at the Ridgefield Administrative & Civic Center (RACC).  Its primary focus will be on school safety.

The keynote speaker will be Alissa Parker, co-founder of Safe and Sound Schools, an organization founded by parents, educators, and community members of Sandy Hook Elementary School.  Inspired by the children and educators who perished in the December 2012 tragedy, members of Safe and Sound Schools are united in their mission to better protect our schools, provide safe and secure schools, and to help others do the same in their communities.

In memory of her daughter, Emilie, and the other 19 children and six teachers lost at Sandy Hook, Alissa was moved to engage parents in securing the safety of their children in school.  She became an active member of the Newtown Public Schools’ Safety Committee and is passionate about school security and safety, traveling, listening and learning in school communities across the country.  Alissa will share her perspective as a parent, providing unique insight and inspiration for parents, administrators, school staff, emergency responders, and community members who strive to make their schools safer.

Alissa Parker

Chief John Brooks from the Ridgefield Police Department and Chief John Nohr from Clark County Fire & Rescue will also be in attendance to speak to the importance of school safety and the bond.

Please join us for an evening that will provide important information and awareness regarding the safety of students and staff in our schools.  We encourage the entire community to attend.

For more information about Safe and Sound Schools, visit their website at https://www.safeandsoundschools.org.

 

Three Ridgefield Teachers Achieve National Board Certification

The number of teachers in the Ridgefield School District who have achieved National Board Certification is growing.  Earlier this month, the district received confirmation that three additional teachers successfully completed the board certification process.

The district is proud to congratulate the following teachers:

  • Sheila Davis, STEM teacher at View Ridge Middle School, Board-Certified in Career and Technical Education/Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood
  • Courtney Thompson, English Language Arts teacher at View Ridge Middle School, Board-Certified in English Language Arts/Early Adolescence
  • Chelsea Tipton, third grade teacher at South Ridge Elementary School, Board-Certified in Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood

Qualifying for National Board Certification is rigorous.  To earn the highly-respected designation, teachers are required to engage in a four-part application process that includes a skills test, a portfolio demonstrating an ability to build classroom lessons tailored for individual students, a video showing interactions with students, and self-reflection on their teaching.

Sheila Davis

 

Courtney Thompson

 

Chelsea Tipton

This year, Ridgefield School District was recognized by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards as one of 81 school districts across the country working hard to promote student learning through accomplished teaching.  These districts were named National Board Accomplished Districts for having 20% or more of their teachers who are National Board Certified.

“The focus of National Board certification is always on student learning,” said Deb Ortner, the district’s TOSA for Elementary Professional Development who also mentors a cohort of candidates for National Board certification.  “I’m proud to be a part of a district that holds the National Board Certification program in high regard and understands the impact that a National Board Certified teacher has on his/her students.”

 

Ridgefield Students First to Cross New Wildlife Refuge Bridge for Tree Planting Project

Since 1960, an old, single-lane wooden bridge has carried traffic to the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge.  But now a wide concrete span arcs high above the old bridge, ready to serve the Refuge for decades to come.  And the first vehicle to cross it was a school bus of students from South Ridge Elementary and Ridgefield High School.  The students were on their way to a tree planting project at the River S Unit—but they stopped to do a quick ribbon cutting on the way.

In the center of the new bridge, representatives from the Refuge, Ridgefield’s City Council, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Western Federal Lands Highway Division, construction contractor Ceccanti, the Sevier family (the original owners of the land), and other citizens stood for a short ceremony.  After eleven years of planning, the bridge was opening to traffic for the first time.  Kevin Forester, regional chief for the National Wildlife Refuge System, welcomed the students.  “That’s our future there behind us, the kids,” he said.  “They’re going down and planting trees today, so they’re going to be the first ones to officially cut the ribbon and come across the bridge.”

The students filed off the bus and lined up behind a double row of caution tape.  On cue, they cut the ribbon to open the bridge, and the crowd cheered.  Eric Anderson, the Refuge’s acting project leader, told them they could take a piece of ribbon home with them as a keepsake if they wanted.  “I’m not using it again,” he joked.  “So it’s all yours.”

 

South Ridge Elementary and Ridgefield HS students cut the ribbon for the new bridge.

 

New bridge to the River S Unit at the Wildlife Refuge arcs over the old, one-lane wooden bridge.

 

Then the students re-boarded the bus to head toward the Kiwa Trail.  Jackie Bergeron’s fourth grade class researched the yellow-billed cuckoo as part of their project-based learning.  The yellow-billed cuckoo population has declined significantly in the northwest, and the students wanted to see if they could help change it.  The tree planting would help restore the cuckoo’s preferred habitat.

Bergeron’s class was joined by the officers from a new environmental awareness organization from Ridgefield High School, International Teens Upholding Nature Association (iTuna).  Together, they learned from the park rangers how to plant the trees, gently separating the tree roots out, covering the area with weed cloth, staking the tree so it would stand straight, and caging the tree to protect it from hungry animals.  Soon the students were all working in teams, planting trees on their own.

Bergeron plans to make this an ongoing project.  “This is a project that we’re going to do for years.  This is the first class.  In the spring, they’re going to make new cuttings that we’re going to grow.  Then my next class will come and plant those.  So the idea is to truly be a part of helping restore this habitat back to what it natively should have been.”

The students got some close-up views of native wildlife as they worked, with a whitetail deer crashing through the blackberries nearby, birds chirping overhead in the tree canopy, and tiny green chorus frogs hopping near the tree plantings.  They hope that with the new trees, the yellow-billed cuckoo will one day rejoin the rest of the wildlife by the Kiwa trail.  In the meantime, they know the plantings will be there for the wildlife that lives at the Refuge—and that they had a part in helping protect it.

 

Students worked with park rangers to plant trees by the Kiwa Trail, restoring the native habitat.

 

Students worked in teams to plant trees.

Ridgefield School District Honors December Employee and Students of the Month

 

On December 10, Ridgefield School District officials recognized the December Employee and Students of the Month at the regular Board of Directors meeting.

Employee of the Month

Susan is a valued member of the View Ridge Middle School staff, especially in athletics.  She does not hesitate to do whatever staff, parents, or administrators ask of her at the drop of a hat.  Parents frequently commend her willingness to go the extra mile or even stay the extra hour to meet their needs when handling eligibility processes.  Susan effectively communicates with coaches, parents, and staff to coordinate schedules, key information and staffing for games and practices.  She patiently supervises students in the school suspension room and detention, giving students needed support even when they are reluctant to receive it.

Susan Arndt

On numerous occasions, Susan is on the front lines handling parent concerns regarding discipline and athletics, sometimes when they are in a frustrated state.  She maintains a calm and professional demeanor throughout, and if she does not solve a problem, finds someone who can.  She bounces from these interactions with a cheerful, level attitude.  Susan is a dedicated and loyal employee, having served the district for many years.  She regularly makes the personal choice to rise above her own circumstances to demonstrate the ownership necessary to meet the needs of our students and families.  The View Ridge Middle School staff is proud to recognize Susan Arndt as Employee of the Month for December.

Students of the Month

Phoenix Ramsey was selected as December’s Student of the Month for the Early Learning Center.  Phoenix uses the life skills of perseverance and flexibility in his new pre-kindergarten class.    He is always kind to his friends.  He is respectful of his teachers and looks for ways to be a helper.  Phoenix’s quiet nature lends itself to making others feel included and safe.  The Early Learning Center is so thankful for Phoenix and proud of his work this year!

Phoenix Ramsey

Chase Divine, a fourth grader, is December’s Student of the Month at South Ridge Elementary School.  Chase is a wonderful young man.  What we most appreciate about him is his willingness to try something new, even if it is daunting or uncomfortable.  He will give it his best shot every time.  Chase sets an inspiring example in the classroom.  The South Ridge Elementary School staff is proud of this young man and looks forward to the wonderful things we know he will accomplish.

Chase Divine

Kherington Hagen, a third grader, was selected at Union Ridge Elementary.  Kherington is a student who embodies the Ridgefield School District’s philosophy of “unlimited possibilities.”  In the first few weeks of the school year, Kherington transformed her approach to learning from lackadaisical to responsible and dedicated.  She did this by confronting her weaknesses and struggles and by accepting constructive feedback, examining her own actions and seizing the opportunity to strengthen her learning skills by actively changing her mindset and habits.  Kherington’s creative mind, positive demeanor and unshakeable perseverance is an uplifting and inspiring example that strengthens those around her.

Kherington Hagen

Jamison Barnette, a fifth grader, was selected at Sunset Ridge Intermediate School.  Jamison has a great sense of humor.  He is an athlete and aspires toward a career in acting.  He participates in lessons, works very hard in class and is helpful and empathetic.  Jamison is very inquisitive, always engaged, open to new ideas and excited to learn new things.  The staff at Sunset Ridge Intermediate is proud to select Jamison Barnette as their December Student of the Month.

Jamison Barnette

Tyler Crouch, an eighth grader, was chosen at View Ridge Middle School.  Tyler is a wonderful young man who values learning and give his best effort every single minute of every single day.  Other students will stop to chat, take a break, etc., but not Tyler!  He asks questions and doesn’t stop until he understands the materials.  Tyler is a STEM-minded individual.  He works diligently to solve problems, cooperates collaboratively with is peers and is always thinking of what he can do to make his projects the best they can be.  He is a joy to have in class and is a positive role model for everyone!

Tyler Crouch

Every once in a while, you meet a person who more than impresses you in terms of presence, voice, advocacy for others and stance for social justice.  Sophomore Charlie Fisher is such a person, and it is with great pleasure that Ridgefield High School has selected her as its December Student of the Month.  Charlie is a founding member of the newest club at RHS, Unite Ridgefield.  She is also a member of the district’s Equity and Engagement Committee and has started a Sister Circle to empower girls at RHS.  She serves on the Clark County Youth Commission working to create policies that positively impact the youth in Clark County.  In addition, she is a member of STASHA, a youth substance abuse organization and the Crew Team club in Vancouver.  Teachers describe Charlie as an exceptional leader, a dedicated and determined student, an extremely hard worker committed to learning and growing, and an agent of change.  Charlie takes advanced classes in science, social studies, and world languages and maintains a perfect 4.0 GPA.  She hopes to attend college on an ROTC scholarship.  After military service, she aspires to a career in teaching.

Charlie Fisher

Special thanks to the local office of James Schmeling at Allstate Insurance Company, the Ridgefield Public Schools Foundation and Ridgefield Boosters for sponsoring the district’s recognition program this school year.

 

Ridgefield School District Announces Winning Design in Holiday Greeting Card Art Contest

Madeline Bruguier, a sixth grader from Sunset Ridge Intermediate School, is the first-place winner in the Superintendent’s Holiday Greeting Card Art Contest for the Ridgefield School District.  Her artwork was selected by judges as the entry that best exemplifies “Winter Wishes,” this year’s contest theme.

Madeline’s winning design will decorate the cover of the district’s holiday greeting card this year, which will be mailed out to school districts, public entities and private businesses on Ridgefield School District’s holiday mailing list.  As the first-place winner, Madeline receives a $50 cash award.

Madeline Bruguier

Three artwork entries were also selected for Runner-Up honors.  These entries were submitted by Elina Caine, a seventh grader from View Ridge Middle School; Kelsey Heath, a first grader from Union Ridge Elementary; and Mae Jones, a kindergartner from South Ridge Elementary.  Each runner-up receives a $25 cash award for their winning design.

All four students will be recognized at the district’s regular school board meeting on Tuesday, December 10th.

The Superintendent’s Holiday Greeting Card Art Contest, now in its sixth year, got its start in 2014 by the Ridgefield School District in partnership with the Ridgefield Art Association to promote student creativity and encourage student appreciation of the arts.

 

Ridgefield Community Education Offers Winter Classes

Check out Ridgefield Community Education’s list of winter classes offered in December and January.  You can also find this schedule on the district website at www.ridgefieldsd.org.  Go to the Community Education page and click on the Happy Holidays button.

View Ridge STEM Class Builds and Races Dragsters

In Tylor Hankins’ eighth grade STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) class, students are troubleshooting their dragsters.  “It’s still going in circles.”  “I think it’s too heavy in the front.”  “This part keeps the wheel from moving.”  The big race is only a few days away, but there are lots of problems left to solve.

Hankins’ class worked in teams to design and build their own dragsters.  The challenge:  to be the fastest car to make it 20 feet down the hallway.  Bonus points if the team could get it to stop within one foot of the finish line.  The students built driverless cars using VEX robotics parts from dozens of bins:  metal brackets and bars, sprockets and gears, wheels, motors, and more.  Working in the programming language RobotC, they programmed the driverless cars to run the short course.

Because all the cars were unique designs, they all had different results—some intended, and some not intended.  Hankins moved from group to group, helping them pinpoint the issues and find the best solution.  As they tried different solutions—changing the programming, shortening the frame, reconfiguring the gears and wheels—they went back out to the hallway for test runs.  One went a short distance before crashing into the wall.  Another didn’t go at all.  And it was back to the drawing board.

“This project has a lot of problem solving, a lot of variables, and a lot of failure,” Hankins said.  “But when there are problems, they can figure it out.  This is the first real robot that they’ve built.  So it’s a learning process.”  Their next projects will be making BattleBots (robots that compete with each other) and a factory work cell (a mini-factory that can manufacture blocks with specific features).  The dragster project gives students the mechanical and programming skills they’ll need for future builds.

The diversity of dragster design means the students will have an interesting race day, with four wheeled cars vs. six wheeled cars, long dragsters vs. compact ones.  “It’s a fun project,” Hankins said.  He watched as another group’s dragster sped down the hallway and cruised just over a foot past the finish line.

The students checked the distance.  “Is it a foot?  It’s more than a foot.”  They look disappointed.

Hankins smiled.  “You’re close, guys, really close.  You’ve almost got it.”  The students picked up the racer and headed back into the Fabrication Lab, excitedly discussing ways to solve the problem, ready to try again.

Ally Ravelli, Carlie Madsen, and Quincy Woltersdorf show their dragster.

 

The Fabrication Lab is filled with bins of parts and tools for use in robotics projects.

 

Students test race their dragsters on the 20-foot hallway track.

Creating a More Inclusive Classroom with Co-Teaching

When teachers Megan Suarez and Dana Swensson attended a training on co-teaching, they were so excited they couldn’t wait to get back to their classrooms to implement it.  Suarez is a special education teacher and Swensson teaches a traditional third grade class at South Ridge Elementary School.  The co-teaching model allows them to teach all of their students together, in a unified classroom without barriers.  No matter what level a student is academically, they get to spend time with peers and achieve at their own level.  And they have seen immediate results:  student math scores have improved, and the class has become more inclusive overall.

Suarez and Swensson grouped students with similar skill sets together.  Then they created teaching stations in different areas of the room.  Each group circulates through the same teaching stations.  At one station, students work as a group on a list of problems; at another, they use laptops and headphones to do independent math games.  Swensson teaches multiplication to one group at the whiteboard, and Suarez helps other students use colored squares as a visual way to solve problems.  Every student goes through every station—and each station can be customized to that student’s level of learning.

There is a very wide range of abilities in the classroom, but the activities run seamlessly.  Suarez explained, “I’ll typically start each group with the same problem.  If they struggle a little bit, I can either re-teach or work on the fundamental skills.  If they do fine or notice some mathematical challenges, then I can go a little deeper.  I can really tailor to each group.”

Teacher Dana Swensson works with students on multiplication at one station.

 

Megan Suarez works with a group of students using colored squares to visualize multiplication.

 

Another group of students plays a math game on laptops.

Another group of students plays a math game on laptops.For many years, students who required specialists in learning disabilities, in advanced learning, or in English as a second language were separated from their classmates, pulled out of class for focused learning time.  Often it put them further behind, because they were missing the day-to-day instruction that other students received.

Now with co-teaching, all students get to spend time learning together in the classroom.  Students who need help still receive specialized learning time during WIN (What I Need) time each week, but the majority of their day is spent with a group of students in their grade level.  “Now I only work with them for a very small percent of the day,” Suarez said, “to help build some of the basic skills that they’re missing.”

With two teachers in the classroom, students get more focused attention for each lesson.  “It’s not exactly one-on-one.  But the small groups allow more time to meet the needs of the kids,” Swensson explained.  While they had only a partial year of co-teaching last year, classroom and standardized test scores improved.  “We noticed once we started this teaching model that they got the best scores they’ve ever had.”

Swensson and Suarez enjoy working together, being able to support each other and plan together for their classes.  And they see benefits for their students as well.  “The kids like working with another teacher,” Swensson said.  “And they enjoy getting to work in a group, getting to collaborate.  Students aren’t excluded; they get to be included with their peers.  It allows them to be part of a more positive community.  They’re all a part of this together.”

Volunteers Needed for Walk & Knock Food Drive on Saturday, December 7th

Volunteer to help with Walk & Knock, Clark County’s annual food drive, on Saturday, December 7th.  All it takes is a half-day of your time but can make a huge difference for many.

Walk & Knock is one of the nation’s largest one-day food drives and takes place each year on the first Saturday of December in Clark County.  It solicits charitable donations of food for the Clark County Food Bank to help those in need across our community.

Last year, more than 283,000 pounds of food was donated county-wide (9-12 tons collected right here in Ridgefield).  The success of every Walk & Knock food drive is attributed to the many volunteers who selflessly donate their time each year.

The Ridgefield Lions Club is the major facilitator for Walk & Knock in the Ridgefield community.  If you’d like to help, please sign up as either a driver or walker on their website by clicking HERE .

All volunteers are to meet at the Sunset Ridge Intermediate School/View Ridge Middle School campus at 3215 S. Hillhurst Road, on Saturday, December 7th at 8:15 am.  Volunteer help is needed from 8:15 am to 12:30 pm.  Lions will provide coffee/hot chocolate/donuts to start the day and provide a light lunch around noon.

Volunteer drivers follow a specified route, assisted by walkers who pick up donations.  Vehicles return to the school campus to unload donations.  Most drivers finish their route by noon.

Volunteer walkers go door-to-door to collect the food bags, placing them in the vehicles.  It is ideal to have two walkers per car for the collection of food.

Other ways volunteers can help:

Sorters help unload the food bags from the vehicles, sort the food and pack them into food boxes.  Loaders carry the packed food boxes to waiting semi-trailers bound for the food bank.

If you are not available to volunteer on December 7th, you can fill a grocery bag with non-perishable food or personal hygiene items and leave it on your doorstep by 9:00 am that morning or make a monetary donation on Walk & Knock’s website at http://walkandknock.org.   100% of all donations stay right here in Clark County!

To learn more about the Walk & Knock food drive, visit their website or call 877-995-6625.

SOCKtober Sock Drive Update

Stephanie Brown’s RISE class at Union Ridge Elementary held a SOCKtober Sock Drive in early November to collect socks for the Ridgefield Family Resource Center and the Council for the Homeless.  Last year, they collected 2,000 pairs; this year, the goal was set at 3,000.  With the help of a grant from sock company, Bombas, they came very close to reaching it.

With assistance from student leaders in Mrs. Morris’ and Mrs. Couch’s class 1,694 pairs of socks were collected.  Combined with Bombas’ donation of 1,000 pairs, SOCKtober brought in a grand total of 2,694 pairs of socks.  Half of the donations will be donated to the Ridgefield Family Resource Center and the other half will go to the Council for the Homeless.

Stephanie Brown, Special Education Teacher, is proud of the students in the program and grateful for the donations.  “We can’t wait to do it again next year!” she said.

 

Stephanie Brown and her students celebrate another successful SOCKtober Sock Drive.