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Letters to the Editor for Jan. 10, 2018

Published on January 9, 2018 4:13PM


Join Women’s March

The Lower Columbia Indivisible Group is inviting folks from throughout the Lower Columbia area to join them for a 2018 Women’s March on Saturday, Jan. 20, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This march celebrates the anniversary of last year’s marches where more than 4 million people participated worldwide, including approximately 200 people in Longview. There’s more reason now than ever to come together. Folks will meet at the Longview Civic Circle. For those not familiar with the circle, it is a large traffic circle with a park in the middle and sidewalk that encircles the park — very visible and yet safe, because it’s out of the way of traffic. The library, post office and Monticello Hotel are all located on the circle.

Participants are being invited from as far away as Pacific, Wahkiakum, Columbia, Clatsop, Lewis and Clark counties. Want to join us? Mark your calendar now. Tell your friends.

Elden Roskelley

Cathlamet

Blotter is best

Kudos to your staff writers for their features on the highlights and lowlights of last year’s police blotter reporting. Their skilled selection and presentation captured the more entertaining aspects of life in Pacific County.

Please consider making this a regular feature — perhaps quarterly.

PETER YOUNG

Ocean Park

Help science school

Saturday Science Academy is a possibility… with your help.

Some say an idea is a gift. Imagine a FREE Saturday Science Academy for peninsula elementary school students! Perfect time of the year. Great new AV equipped facility. An experienced science and STEM educational team. All we need is funding.

To students and families of the Oysterville Science Academy, the thought of another learning adventure in science with Diane Buttrell is awesome. And kids in the Peninsula Active Learner’s after-school program know that Gwen Brake’s weekly STEM lesson is exciting.

The idea for the academy came as a reaction to Gov. Jay Inslee’s Summit on Career Connected Learning, where he expressed concern for students’ preparedness for future employment.

An estimated 2.5 million jobs next year will lack qualified applicants. The Governor’s answer: more STEM preparedness at the elementary level, particularly in rural areas. If possible, he suggested, include a mentorship program.

According to instructor Gwen Brake: “Working with elementary school teachers at the Astoria School District for 12 years taught me that teachers tasked with meeting state testing standards for math and reading have little time to spend exploring STEM topics with kids.”

She added: “With my experience as a Verizon Innovation Learning Coach and Technology Teacher and Diane’s connections to the local science community and commitment to teaching scientific processes to kids, we have a unique opportunity NOW to foster the joy of learning science together.”

The academy to scheduled start February 3 to take advantage of the “pre-testing” and “pre-sports” segment of the school calendar. The three-hour sessions, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., will be held at the North Beach Water District new facilities in Ocean Park. Children will be invited to bring their own laptops, smartphones or tablets but will be managed carefully, including special Internet Safety training.

The topic of “Flight” was chosen for the first 8-week Saturday Science Academy. “How?” and “What If?” will be the vernacular of the weekly sessions as we voyage from birds to kites to the possibility of Interstellar space-travel.

The Saturday Science Academy invites students in Grades 3-6 to enroll. Older students and especially former attendees of the Oysterville Science Academy are encouraged to mentor younger learners.

As with the Oysterville Science Academy, the Saturday Science Academy will function under a Memorandum of Understanding (including financial management) with the Boys and Girls Club of the Long Beach Peninsula. Students will need to be or become members of the B&G Club.

The Saturday Science Academy (SSA) needs to raise $4800 to operate. If the SSA is not fully funded by the end of January, any monies collected will be directed to the summer Oysterville Science Academy. So investing in science education in your community is a win-win for peninsula students now or in the future.

If you have a child who might be interested in attending the Saturday Science Academy or you have a great idea to share, please take a minute to send us an email. If you can provide any financial assistance, please use the GoFundMe site (www.gofundme.com/saturday-science-academy) or send a check to the Boys and Girls Club, P.O. Box 1172, Long Beach, WA 98631. (Be sure to specify SSA on the memo line of your check.)

Is the Saturday Science Academy a gift we want to give to peninsula kids? We think we can make it an incredible gift. Now is a good time to support science education in your community. Give the gift of learning. Your kids will thank you.

Gwen Brake

gwenbrake@gmail.com

360-665-2784

Diane Buttrell

edianebuttrell@gmail.com

360-214-1267



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