School Briefs for Dec. 19, 2019

'Sock campaign' for Odyssey, Discover schools ends Friday; Jemtegaard students enter sweet competition

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Jemtegaard Middle School sixth-graders Paige Prynn (left), Samantha Gifford (center) and Taylor Cotton (right) work on a candy cane "crime scene" for their school's candy display competition. (Photo courtesy of WSD)

‘Sock campaign’ to help Camas schools wraps up Friday, Dec. 20

Odyssey Middle and Discovery High schools in Camas are hosting a “sock campaign” to help raise funds for the project-based learning schools and the community.

For every pair of socks sold through the We Help Two “Funky Socks” campaign, the schools will receive money for student projects and field trips like the trip Discovery ninth-graders recently took to attend a city workshop for Camas’ North Shore.

For every two pairs of socks sold, We Help Two will donate a pair of socks for the schools’ parent-teacher organization to donate to those in need in the Camas community.

The schools’ fundraising goal is to sell 200 pairs of socks and donate 100 pairs to the community.

Order by Dec. 20 to have the socks shipped directly. Socks are available in a variety of styles, sizes and fun patterns.

To order, or for more information, visit

JMS students participate in candy competition

Jemtegaard Middle School (JMS) art students are being challenged by a sweet competition to create the best candy house or candy display just in time for the holiday season.

Each team must plan and build their work of art using only edible materials. Supplies include graham crackers, licorice, sugar cones, rice crispy treats, icing and candies. The competition included 43 teams and 148 students from all grade levels.

Sixth-grade student Alexis McConville said other than not eating the candy, the biggest challenge is getting the candy decorations to stick to the graham crackers. Her team also includes Kayla Berry and Paige Guffey. Their theme is a colorful holiday village using sugar cones for trees and houses built with graham crackers covered with assorted candies, including Sweet Tarts and M&Ms.

The team of sixth-graders Paige Prynn, Taylor Cotton, Samantha Gifford and Madison Swanson decided their display would have a crime scene theme.

“We thought it would be fun to make and get a lot of votes,” Cotton said.

The scene is a red licorice fenced ice rink with the unfortunate victim impaled by a candy cane.

The completed pieces will be on display in the school library where students from JMS and Columbia River Gorge Elementary School will be encouraged to vote on their favorites. There will be five winning teams who will choose between a reward of donuts or pizza for their group.