School notes for Oct. 11, 2011

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Kids can see nocturnal critters

An upcoming workshop will share information about bats, owls, and other nocturnal critters.

“Creatures of the Night,” a family-friendly workshop for those ages 5 and older, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, at the Water Resources Education Center, 4600 S.E. Columbia Way, in Vancouver.

Activities, lessons and a short excursion to search for bats will be part of the event.

The workshop, sponsored by Columbia Springs and Clark County Environmental Services, is free and open to he public.

To register, visit

Liberty seeks PTO members

The Liberty Middle School Parent Teacher Organization has several open positions for the school year. Meetings are the second Tuesday of every month at 1:30 p.m. at the school.

The vice-president, secretary, treasurer, volunteer coordinator positions are open, as well as opportunities to help out with staff appreciation, dine-around-town, box tops, spirit wear, fund raising, book fair, newsletter, and celebrations.

E-mail questions to Becky Cook at

Patriot’s Pen essay contest set

The Veterans of Foreign Wars and Ladies Auxiliary are hosting the annual Patriot’s Pen essay contest.

The theme is, “Are You Proud of Your Country?” The deadline is Tuesday, Nov. 1.

Students are given an opportunity to write essays expressing their views on democracy. The top 46 national winners receive a $1,000 savings bond. The first-place award is a $10,000 savings bond and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.

Essays should be between 300 to 400 words, typed in English, with no color or graphics.

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