Vancouver Public Schools' Jump Start kindergarten program has been named one of 15 first-place Magna Award winners by the American School Board Journal, published by the National School Boards Association. The annual awards recognize best practices in school district leadership.
Hazel Dell — Members of The Boys & Girls Club of Southwest Washington joined other helpers from the Washington State University Master Gardener Program to prepare the Hazel Dell School and Community Garden for the tantalizingly near growing season. Dozens of students spread soil, donated by Yard 'n Garden Land, and performed other maintenance on the Feb. 24 volunteer day.
Hazel Dell — Altrusa of Clark County, a chapter of an international service club, gave $1,000 to Hazel Dell Elementary School to help support its annual literacy promotion, the Hazel Dell Exchange Extravaganza. Club members, including President Tina Smith, gave books to families at the school event. The grant came from the Altrusa Family Literacy Initiative.
West Hazel Dell — The budding artists at Lake Shore Elementary School won a first prize of $1,000 at the 21st annual Winter Wonderland Children's Art Contest. All participating schools submitted an original 4-by-8-foot mural to the contest. Murals were displayed in the annual drive-though Winter Wonderland holiday light show at Portland International Raceway in Portland. Thousands of visitors voted for their top three favorites. The Lake Shore mural, created by students under the guidance of teacher Erin Stromme, took first place. On Feb. 25, Stromme and her students accepted a check from Winter Wonderland; the money will pay for art supplies and tools for the West Hazel Dell school.