School notes for Aug. 6, 2013

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Free back-to-school vaccinations available

A local health care provider will be offering free vaccinations for kids as they prepare to head back to school this fall.

According to a press release from the Clark County Health Department, vaccinations prevent illness and save lives and are required to attend school.

On Tuesday, Aug. 13, from 2 to 6 p.m., LaCamas Medical Group, located at 3240 N.E. Third Ave., in Camas, will provide free vaccinations to kids up to age 19.

To make an appointment, contact Teresa Frick at 838-2440. Parents should bring their child’s immunization records.

According to the Health Department, children who aren’t fully immunized may be sent home from school if a disease outbreak occurs.

Most students in Washington have vaccinations needed to enter school. However, parents of 5.2 percent of kindergarten through 12th-grade students have chosen to exempt their children for religious or personal reasons, giving Washington one of the highest vaccine exemption rates in the nation. In Clark County, the vaccine exemption rate is 7 percent.

“High exemption rates are concerning because they increase the risk of disease in schools and day care,” said Dr. Alan Melnick, Clark County health officer. “This causes unnecessary illness, and takes valuable time away from learning.”

Alcobendas earns EWU scholarship

A 2013 Camas High School graduate has been awarded a scholarship at Eastern Washington University.

Roldan Alcobendas earned a $2,000 Dean’s Scholarship for the 2013-14 academic year. The scholarship is awarded to incoming freshmen with a GPA higher than 3.5 and SAT scores higher than 1,000.

Alcobendas will play football for the Eagles, and plans to major in physical therapy.

NRA/NFWL scholarships available

The National Foundation for Women Legislators in partnership with the National Rifle Association recently announced the opening of the 16th annual Bill of Rights Essay Scholarship Contest.

Each year, the NFWL and NRA join forces to award six female high school juniors and seniors a $3,000 college scholarship and an all-expenses-paid trip to NFWL’s annual conference. The conference, which this year will be held Nov. 20 through 22 at the Ritz-Carlton in Washington D.C.

To download and application, visit

The deadline to submit an application is Sept. 15.

EOCF event will raise funds for playgrounds

An upcoming event will help raise money to build new playgrounds at Education Opportunities for Children and Families locations in Vancouver.

“Red & White on a Summer’s Night,” will be held Thursday, Aug. 22, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Bethany Vineyard and Winery, 4115 N.E. 259thth St., in Ridgefield.

The event will include wine and non-alcoholic beverages, appetizers, a “tour of the vines,” and raffle prizes.

Tickets, $40 per person until Aug. 15, can be purchased at Tickets will cost $50 each after Aug. 15.

Thanks to sponsorships, all proceeds from ticket purchases will go directly to build the playgrounds.

Although the fundraiser will benefit Vancouver sites, the EOCF also operates classrooms in Camas at the Zellerbach Administration Center and in Washougal at Hathaway Elementary School.

EOCF offers play-based early learning programs that focus on the whole child, connect families to community resources and provide opportunities for family involvement in our programs. All services are free to those who qualify.

For more information, email or call Jan Asai, committee chair, at (360) 574-4061.

Osterback makes dean’s list

A Camas student has been named to the Carroll College Dean’s List.

Kara Osterback made the list by earning a 3.5 or higher GPA and taking at least 12 graded credits.

Carroll College is a private, Catholic, liberal arts and preprofessional college located in Helena, Mont.

Movies in the Park continues on Friday in Camas

Family-friendly and kid-oriented movies are being shown for free at Crown Park every Friday in August.

Pre-show entertainment starts one hour before the movie begins. A separate section will be available for lawn chairs and blankets. The local non-profit, Kidz With Ice, will sell treats.

On Aug. 10, “A Bug’s Life” (G) will begin at 8:30 p.m. with bug crafts and more beforehand. On Aug. 17, “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” (G) will begin at 8:30 p.m. with crafts and photos with Chitty beforehand. On Aug. 24, “Puss in Boots” (PG) will begin at 8 p.m. with sword crafts and fencing lessons beforehand. On Aug. 31, “Dolphin Tale” (PG) will begin at 8 p.m. with dolphin crafts and more beforehand.