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Hough goes from pool to school

10 a.m. August 26
Learning center to open

A Tyrannosaurus rex waited patiently with its herd of plastic dinosaur buddies. Crayons stood at attention in plastic cups, waiting for chubby hands to create masterpieces. Primary-colored math links and cubes were ready to teach preschoolers about numbers. The childhood classics "Goodnight Moon" and "Is Your Mama a Llama?" stood by to enchant kids during storytime.

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A WSUV welcome on first day of school

8:16 p.m. August 24
Late chancellor's wife, assistant among flag wavers on hand to greet students

Old friends met at the main entrance of Washington State University Vancouver on Monday morning to wave crimson Cougar flags and welcome students on the first day of fall semester.

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Students make notes, goodie bags to thank firefighters

5:59 a.m. August 26

Washougal — The school year hasn't started yet, but Cape Horn-Skye Elementary School teacher Darcy Hickey already has some students working. With fires raging in Skamania County, firefighters are using Cape Horn and Canyon Creek Middle School as base camps, so Hickey reached out to some former students, and students starting her class in the fall, and invited them over to make cards and posters thanking the firefighters for their work. Hickey had students and their families over for two nights working on their notes, and they also filled bags with trail mix and other goodies, which Hickey then delivered to the schools on Aug. 20. "These brave firefighters are eating and sleeping at our schools, away from their families," Hickey said in a release from the school district. "They are working incredibly long hours to keep our community safe. I thought it would be nice to give back to them, encourage them, show that we support them and are thankful for all they are doing."

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Students make notes, goodie bags to thank firefighters

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