School notes for Aug. 10, 2010

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Class helps newly licensed teens become better drivers

Newly licensed drivers are encouraged to participate in a program that aims to improve teens’ driving skills.

Driving Skills for Life is a national safety initiative created in 2003 by Ford Motor Company, the Governor’s Highway Safety Association, and a panel of safety experts. The goal is to help young drivers improve skills in areas including hazard recognition, vehicle handling, and space and speed management.

Several sessions of the class will be offered to newly licensed teens ages 15 to 19. On Wednesday, Aug. 18, and Thursday, Aug. 19, classes will be held from 8 a.m. to noon, and from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Students attend one of the four free sessions, which will be held at Emerald Downs in Auburn, Wash.

During the program, teens will drive specially equipped vehicles on closed road courses under the supervision of professional instructors.

For more information or to register, visit

Clark County Fair Association announces 2010 scholarship winners

The Clark County Fair Association has announced the 2010 scholarship winners. To be eligible for a scholarship, the applicant must have been actively involved in 4-H, FFA, or Open Class during past Clark County fairs.

The 2010 Clark County Fair Association Scholarships recipients are:

Erin McCarthy, $2,000: McCarthy is a 2008 Washougal High School Graduate attending the University of Washington. Sophia Howard, $2,000: Howard is a 2010 CAM High School and Clark College graduate. She will attend West Texas University

Melissa Brown, $2,000: Brown is a 2010 Columbia River High School graduate. She will attend Washington State University.

Jessica Murray, $2000: Murray is a 2010 La Center High School and Clark County Skills Center graduate. She will attend the Culinary Institute of America.

Meredith Stewart, $1,125: Stewart is a 2010 home school graduate. She will attend Central Washington University.

Janessa Olson, $1,125: Olson is a 2010 Hockinson High School graduate. She will attend Washington State University.

Alyssa Sawyer, $750: Sawyer is a 2010 Prairie High School and Clark College graduate. She will attend Washington State University.

Dillon Selee, $750: Selee is a 2010 Prairie High School graduate. He will attend Brigham Young University.

Erica Morris, $750: Morris is a 2009 Hockinson High School graduate. She will attend the University of Washington.

Taylor Pierce, $600: Pierce is a 2010 Prairie High School graduate and will attend Clark College.

Charter College offers scholarships

Charter College is awarding scholarships, worth $3,500 each, to qualified 2010 graduates of area high schools.

The scholarship is intended to supplement the cost of tuition, which in turn, will make a college education and career goals more attainable.

Scholarship eligibility requirements are:

Applicants must be a 2010 high school graduates, submit a completed Charter College High School scholarship application, and complete an admissions interview.

If selected, the student must begin class no later than Dec. 6.

Otherwise, the scholarship, or the remaining portion of it, will be withdrawn.

For details, call 360-448-2000, e-mail or stop by the campus at 17200 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd., Ste. 100, Vancouver, WA 98683.

McDonald’s restaurants collect school supplies

McDonald’s of Clark County is having a school supply drive this month for children in need.

These items will benefit the Vancouver, Evergreen, Camas and Battle Ground school districts.

Supplies left at a specific McDonald’s location will directly benefit children in the school district the store is located in.

All school supplies are needed, with a few high need items, including backpacks, new socks and underwear.

There will be bins located inside each lobby for supplies.

The Camas McDonald’s, which is participating in the drive, is located at 3354 N.E. Third Ave.