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Braille skills put to the test

8:42 p.m. February 26
Washington State School for the Blind students compete in national Braille literacy contest

Sonja Steinbach stood quietly at the front of the room as a group of blind students hammered away at their Braille typewriters.

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Bits 'n' Pieces: STEM, art students team to make night lights

10 a.m. February 27

View Ridge Middle School teachers Michelle Hankins, Sheila Davis and Tylor Hankins met over the summer to discuss possible collaborative projects, and one idea clicked with all three like a — well — like a light bulb going on.

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Elementary school girls practice table manners

10:17 p.m. February 27

Washougal — A group of Hathaway Elementary School fifth-grade girls took a special lunch field trip last week to Hearth, where they learned about table manners as part of the Young Women in Action program.

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Hands-On Instruction at HeLa High School

By Susan Parrish March 5, 2015 8:27 p.m.

While nursing student Chelsea Smith was taking her patient's blood pressure, she asked him, "Do you have any pain today?"

Daniel Seavey is one of 8 guys left on "American Idol"  

By Patty Hastings March 4, 2015 8:06 p.m.

Vancouver's Daniel Seavey performed on Fox's "American Idol" Wednesday night, securing his spot among the top eight male contestants. The 15-year-old Union High School sophomore was the first to perform on the show, which was broadcast live from the Fillmore Detroit theater.

Ridgefield schools to celebrate Youth Art Month

By The Columbian March 4, 2015 6 a.m.

Ridgefield — Each year, the Council for Art Education organizes Youth Art Month, which started in 1961. This March, children from around the country will participate in the event, including students in the Ridgefield School District. During the month, art classes will take place at all four Ridgefield schools, as well as after school. The district also teamed up with local businesses and organizations to help out with the celebration. The events offered during Youth Art Month include an authors gala, musical performances and a poetry contest. Some of the classes offered during the month are a cellphone photography course, jazz funk dance lessons and a class about "Frankenstein" by Mary Shelley. "Participation in the fine and performing arts provides our students a creative outlet to express their emotions, thoughts and skills," said Ridgefield Superintendent Nathan McCann in a release sent out by the district. "Art experiences enhance critical-thinking skills and foster important values such as empathy and tolerance."

Local contestant to perform live tonight on 'Idol'

By Emily Gillespie March 4, 2015 6 a.m.

"It feels really good that I've already accomplished something without winning," the 15-year-old said in an interview with The Columbian on Tuesday between rehearsals.

La Center High School chess team improves on state championship performance

By The Columbian March 4, 2015 5:59 a.m.

La Center — A year after finishing last at the Washington High School Chess Association State Championship tournament, the La Center chess team had a stronger showing last weekend, as they tied for 13th place.

Mass vaccinations at University of Oregon start slowly

By Associated Press March 3, 2015 12:07 p.m.

EUGENE, Ore. — The mass vaccination of University of Oregon students against a blood-stream infection that killed one student and has sickened three others got off to a slow start.

Elementary school girls practice table manners

By The Columbian February 27, 2015 10:17 p.m.

Washougal — A group of Hathaway Elementary School fifth-grade girls took a special lunch field trip last week to Hearth, where they learned about table manners as part of the Young Women in Action program.

Boy, 14, accused of hitting classmate with iPad, breaking nose

By Emily Gillespie and Patty Hastings February 27, 2015 5:50 p.m.

A 14-year-old boy faces a felony assault charge after he allegedly hit another boy with an iPad Thursday at Thomas Jefferson Middle School.

House Republican leaders scrap education vote

By KIMBERLY HEFLING, Associated Press February 27, 2015 10:49 a.m.

WASHINGTON — In a political embarrassment for Republicans, House GOP leaders on Friday abruptly cancelled a vote on a bill to update the George W. Bush-era No Child Left Behind education law after struggling to find support from conservatives.

False report of shooting at Interlake High in Bellevue

By Associated Press February 27, 2015 10:32 a.m.

BELLEVUE — Interlake High School in Bellevue went into a lockdown Friday morning as a precaution because of rumors on Facebook of a shooting.

Bits 'n' Pieces: STEM, art students team to make night lights

By Adam Littman February 27, 2015 10 a.m.

View Ridge Middle School teachers Michelle Hankins, Sheila Davis and Tylor Hankins met over the summer to discuss possible collaborative projects, and one idea clicked with all three like a — well — like a light bulb going on.

Braille skills put to the test

By Justin Runquist February 26, 2015 8:42 p.m.

Sonja Steinbach stood quietly at the front of the room as a group of blind students hammered away at their Braille typewriters.

WSUV students to facilitate listening tour on housing

By Scott Hewitt February 26, 2015 7:49 p.m.

At a time when decision-making in Clark County and Southwest Washington seems increasingly fractious and angry, the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington and Washington State University Vancouver are making a display of problem solving through respectful civil discourse and listening to people.

All the right moves: La Center chess team wins league title

By Adam Littman February 26, 2015 6 a.m.

Calvin Tetzlaff isn't always comfortable jumping into conversations. There is at least one group, however, in which the La Center High School junior knows he can engage in a chat at any point, and that's on the school's chess team.

Local "Green Eggs and Ham" event turns 20

By Susan Parrish February 25, 2015 5:15 p.m.

First-graders at Walnut Grove Elementary donned striped Cat-in-the-Hat chapeaus and dined on a breakfast of green eggs and ham Wednesday morning during the annual breakfast celebrating Dr. Seuss, reading and family.

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