Battle Ground — When Battle Ground Primary School fourth-graders hopped on their school bus to Olympia, there was an extra bus rider who knows the area pretty well: Sen. Ann Rivers, R-La Center. On June 15, Rivers and the students traveled to Olympia so the students could tour the Capitol. In a release from her office, Rivers said she tries to meet with local students whenever they go to Olympia for a tour. "When I met with teacher Sandy Montecucco earlier this year, she asked if I'd like to come along on her fourth-grade class' field trip from start to finish," Rivers said in the release. "I was thrilled to have the opportunity today to see our state government and Capitol building with fresh eyes."
Battle Ground — Tukes Valley Middle School earned a Washington Green School certification, and students and staff were presented with a Green School flag by Clark County Environmental Services at an assembly in early June. More than 50 students participated each week to help create an interpretive nature trail and outdoor classroom in the green space adjacent to the campus. Starting in the fall, students restored the trail and green space to its native state with plants that are indigenous to the area and suitable habitat for birds and other fauna. The school used grant funds to purchase trees from the Battle Ground Public Schools' Center for Agriculture, Science and Environmental Education, and worked with high school students, the Conservation District and the school district's facilities team to plant the trees and build a bark dust trail. The plan for the future is to extend the nature trail and create a garden.
BATTLE GROUND — Children and teens ages 1 through 18 can have a free breakfast and lunch this summer through the Simplified Summer Food Program for children. The program, funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, provides meals at no charge Monday through Friday at two Battle Ground sites.
Pleasant Valley Middle School sixth-graders Courtney Beyer and Stephanie Higgins knew of Martin Luther King Jr., but both said they didn't know how his impact on the world is still being felt today until they made a film about him.