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Battle Ground schools generous at holidays

BATTLE GROUND — Hallways lined with donated food and other items were a common sight at schools all around Battle Ground Public Schools.

Pleasant Valley middle and primary schools combined their donation drive, bringing in more than 20,000 cans and boxes of food over eight days, as well as 1,100 pairs of socks. Eight families in need received gifts for the holidays.


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Small Washington district sues state for relying on local property taxes for school construction

A decade ago, the Washington Supreme Court ruled in the landmark McCleary case that the state was failing to uphold its state constitutional duty by amply funding basic education for all students. But that case, which upended many school districts’ reliance on property taxes, stopped short of changing the funding system for building construction and improvements.

Now, the lead lawyer in the McCleary case has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a small rural district in southwestern Washington, arguing the state is also violating the constitution by failing to ensure all students learn in safe and modern school buildings.


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Evergreen school district appoints interim superintendent

The Evergreen Public Schools Board of Directors appointed John Boyd the new interim superintendent of schools in a special meeting Tuesday night.

He will begin his position in the beginning of 2022 pending the completion of contract negotiations.


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Federal grant helps Battle Ground students stay connected

BATTLE GROUND — Battle Ground Public Schools will make substantial upgrades to student technology and connectivity thanks to a nearly $1.4 million grant from the Federal Communication Commission’s E-Rate program.

The funding was made possible through the Emergency Connectivity Fund, a $7.17 billion investment in school and library technology approved in the American Rescue Plan Act to help schools provide devices and connectivity to students during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a news release from Battle Ground Public Schools.

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Dozens of residents give Clark County Board of Health an earful over wrestling suspension

A special meeting of the Clark County Board of Health on Tuesday morning was far from routine. Around 80 angry parents, area residents and even high school students called in to comment on the recommendations issued by Clark County Public Health last week that led to a pause on high school wrestling activities.

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Complaints on wrestling suspension prompt Clark County Board of Health meeting

Dozens of residents who called in to Friday’s Clark County Council meeting have prompted a special meeting of the Board of Health to be held Tuesday.

Although the Dec. 17 public hearing was to be a forum for comments on a proposed fireworks ordinance, callers instead were upset by Public Health’s recommendation that public schools should suspend wrestling competition, practice and travel after more than 30 COVID-19 cases were detected among local wrestlers. The suspension is in effect until Jan. 3.

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Washougal Learning Academy, Cowlitz Tribe team up to design school mascot, logo

When the Washougal Learning Academy leaders decided to select a school mascot and logo last summer, they wanted the chosen symbol to represent more than the academy itself. They wanted it to be, in their words, “something special.”

They accomplished their goal by collaborating with a local Native American tribe, forming what they hope to be a long-lasting and positive relationship along the way.

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Vancouver Virtual Learning Academy to open in January at former Marshall Elementary

The Vancouver Virtual Learning Academy is moving to a new home.

The newly named Heights Campus is set to open in January within the renovated building that housed the original George C. Marshall Elementary School at 6450 MacArthur Blvd. in Vancouver.


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Students learn about business, generosity at Lupine Experiential School holiday market

Nine year-old Ezra LePage-Linch furrowed his brow as he sized up potential customers walking by.

On display, ready to sell, were a number of his homemade, hand-painted dinosaur trinkets: dinosaurs ornaments, dinosaur bookends and yes — an ultra-rare, one-of-a-kind dinosaur candle.

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Booster Club Fundraiser Scams – Protect Your Donors!

It is that time of the year when reports of booster club fundraising scams are coming in again. We interviewed Joe Wolpin of FundraisingZone to ask what booster club parents can do protect the people in their community.
Joe tells us, “Booster clubs count on fundraisers to help pay for the things that the school budget will not. This means that every year school booster clubs of all kinds hold fundraising events. Unfortunately unscrupulous con men w ill take advantage of the giving nature of many people.”
What are some practical steps boosters can take to educate their donors?
Joe continues, “Regular communication is the key. Use your official school booster club website or facebook to tell your community about your upcoming fundraiser events. Additionally, tell them this is the only official channel for fundraising. Tell your community you will never do any fundraising unless they read about it on the official booster club site.”
Joe concludes, “Finally, tell your community about the kinds of fundraisers you will never resort too. For instance, some scams involve robocalling every home in your neighborhood. It may be a good idea to warn your neighbors about scams like these. Furthermore, alert them your booster club would never use robocalling. This way if any scam calls are made they will know in advance. “

Protect Yourself

The following tips from the FBI can help you avoid these schemes:

  • Give to established charities or groups whose work you know and trust.
  • Be aware of organizations with copycat names or names similar to reputable organizations.
  • Be wary of new organizations that claim to aid victims of recent high-profile disasters.
  • Do your research. Use the Federal Trade Commission’s resources to examine the track record of a charity.
  • Give using a check or credit card. If a charity or organization asks you to donate through cash, gift card, virtual currency, or wire transfer, it’s probably a scam. Learn more about this trick from the FTC.
  • Practice good cyber hygiene:
    • Don’t click links or open email attachments from someone you don’t know.
    • Manually type out links instead of clicking on them. 
    • Don’t provide any personal information in response to an email, robocall, or robotext.
    • Check the website’s address—most legitimate charity organization websites use .org, not .com.
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Address:337 Merrick Road Suite 5
City: Lynbrook
State: New York, 11563
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