Fisher's Landing East — Rotary Clubs of Clark County kicked off another round of its "Rotary Gift of Words" project last month by handing out dictionaries to Crestline Elementary School third graders. Rotary members, Evergreen Public Schools Superintendent John Deeder and even Abraham Lincoln (portrayed by Steve Holgate) gave the kids dictionaries and explained the importance of literacy during a presentation in late October. Rotary will distribute more than 4,700 dictionaries to kids all over the county during the ongoing project.
Fairway 164th — Crestline Elementary School continues to receive support from the community, with $4,600 and boxes of school supplies donated Sept. 12 by Dick Hannah Subaru. The auto dealership gathered supplies for Crestline during its Tools for Schools campaign and gave $100 for every car it sold during that time. The school is operating out of a temporary location in east Vancouver after a February fire burned the old building to the ground.
Seven months and one day after their school burned, Crestline Elementary students and staff were together again under one roof for the first day of school today. After the Feb. 3 fire destroyed the school, classes had been divided by grade level and for the remainder of the year, hosted by five different elementary schools in the Evergreen School District.
Seven months to the day that Crestline Elementary School was destroyed by a three-alarm fire on Feb. 3, the district officially broke ground on the new Crestline being built at the fire site. About 100 students, parents, teachers and community members turned out at the fire site for the Tuesday groundbreaking.
Members of the Evergreen Public Schools community are invited to the official groundbreaking for the new building at the Crestline Elementary School Site from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday at 13003 S.E. Seventh St. The school was destroyed by a Feb. 3 fire.
Money to rebuild Vancouver's Crestline Elementary School, to build an airplane hangar and a cosmetology building at the Clark County Skills Center, and to start a community garden in West Vancouver are just some local projects in the state's new two-year, $3.6 billion capital budget.
The former electronics factory and office space that had been shuttered for years was a beehive of activity. In what had been a cavernous space with a sea of 3,500 cubicles, classrooms has been carved out. Now, electricians, painters and other construction workers were helping Crestline Elementary make a comeback.
A caravan of Evergreen Public Schools buses lurched to a stop in the Cemex/Fisher Quarry in east Vancouver. When the doors opened, four classes of Crestline Elementary School kindergartners tumbled out, ready for the sneak preview of Dozer Day.