School notes for Oct. 13, 2015

Sleep Train collecting coats for kids

Sleep Train is sponsoring a coat drive for foster children through Sunday, Nov. 1. Donations of new coats in every size can be dropped off at any Sleep Train store. The nearest location to Camas and Washougal is 902 S.E. 164th Ave., Vancouver, Ste. 100.

Store hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

Cash donations may also be made online at

All contributions will be distributed amongst Sleep Train’s foster care partner organizations.

CHS student’s photography will be featured in Portland exhibit

Kala McDonald, a student at Camas High School, will be featured as part of the Young Musicians & Artists program.

An opening night event of the juried exhibit will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22 at Camera World, 400 S.W. Sixth Ave., Portland, Oregon.

The evening will include music, light snacks and door prizes.

The exhibit includes work by students in fourth- through 12th grade, from the Young Musicians & Artists summer program.

It will continue during regular store hours through Saturday, Nov. 21.

For more information about the show, contact Roland Drilsma at For more information about Young Musicians & Artists, visit

Pets in the Classroom sponsors habitat contest until Dec. 15

The Pets in the Classroom grant program invites pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade teachers with classroom pets to enter the Pets in the Classroom Habitat Contest.

Through Tuesday, Dec. 15, teachers can submit pictures of their classroom pet’s habitat. All entries are being featured on the Pets in the Classroom website and people are invited to vote for their favorite habitat.

The teacher whose entry receives the most votes when the contest ends will be selected as one of the contest winners.

Two additional teachers will also be selected as winners based on random selection. Each winner will receive a $100 Amazon gift card.

“Teachers are endlessly creative in incorporating pets into their classroom environment,” noted Steve King, Pet Care Trust executive director. “We wanted to give teachers an opportunity to share their creativity with their peers. The habitat contest is a fun way to inspire others.”

The Pets in the Classroom grant program provides grants to teachers in private and public schools for the purpose of purchasing and maintaining classroom pets.

For more information about the grant program or Habitat Contest, visit

Robertson earns president’s scholarship at Biola University

Camas resident Kelsey Robertson, a freshman at Biola University in La Mirada, California, was among 96 students who received the president’s scholarship for the 2015-16 school year.

Approximately eight percent of this year’s incoming class received this $10,000 award.

Students are considered for this scholarship upon admission to the University based on the combination of their GPA and SAT. According to Biola’s admissions department, the average recipient of the president’s scholarship has a GPA of 3.91 and an SAT score, both math and English combined, of 1,320.

Students must maintain a GPA of 3.2 to continue to receive the scholarship the following year.

Recipients will be honored at a special reception on Friday, Oct. 23.

WSU students, community invited to give input on presidential search

Washington State University alumni, students, faculty, staff and other stakeholders are invited to provide input about the considerations important in selecting the university’s next president, at a series of statewide community forums.

The forums will begin Monday on the WSU Vancouver campus. All forums will be held in the Dengerink Administration Building, Room 129.

Student times are 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Faculty and staff are from 4 to 5 p.m., and the southwest Washington community is invited from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Feedback will be shared with the Presidential Search Advisory Committee and others involved in the search process.

Forum attendees are asked to consider these topics:

o Current and future opportunities for the next president;

o Challenges the president may face;

o Ways to measure the president’s success.

WSU Vancouver is located at 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave.