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The Register Guard (Eugene, OR), March 19, 2007 | Go to article overview

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Safe routes grants

available for schools

Oregon Safe Routes to School is offering 30 $1,000 Action Plan Assistance mini-grants for projects that increase opportunities for children to walk or ride their bikes to school. The awards are noncompetitive and open to cities, counties, schools and school districts for assistance in completing a Safe Routes Action Plan.

The school may be public, private, parochial, charter or an alternative educational program offering instruction to students in kindergarten through eighth grade. The awards are for applicants initiating this program who want help developing a plan.

The funds will be awarded to the first 30 applications meeting SRTS Program approval received by the Transportation Safety Division office with a postmark date no later than March 30.

Details of the Oregon program, with information on the Oregon Action Plan Template, can be found at www.oregon.gov/saferoutes or by e-mailing julie.a.yip@odot.state.or.us.

Institute sessions to cover high school newspapers

As part of the national effort to strengthen scholastic newspapers and spark passion among a diverse generation of teens, the American Society of Newspaper Editors is offering a two-week summer institute for high school teachers.

Teachers will be selected to attend the Reynolds High School Journalism Institute at one of three accredited schools: Arizona State University in Tempe June 17 to 29; the University of Missouri at Columbia, July 8 to 20; and the University of Nevada at Reno, July 15 to 27.

Transportation, lodging, meals, materials, tuition and three graduate or continuing education credits will be paid by ASNE.

The postmark deadline for applications is April 2. For a brochure and application, visit www.highschooljournalism.org. For more information, call Diana Mitsu Klos at (703) 453-1125, or e-mail dmk@asne.org.

Public library to hold

book groups for children

The Eugene Public Library will host The Book Buddies Book Group for kids in grades two and three, featuring "Jake Drake Know-It-All," by Andrew Clements from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday.

The Tween Scene Book Group for kids in grades four through six will feature Sharon Creech's "Heartbeat" from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., March 22.

Starting March 1, kids can visit the Children's Center to register and pick up copies of these books. The library is at 100 West 10th Ave. For more information, call 682-8316.

Nearby Nature to hold day camps during spring break

During spring break, March 26 through March 30, Nearby Nature will offer two day camps for kids aged 6 through 10. "Spring Wings and Crawly Things," a morning camp from 9 a.m. to noon, and "Go with the Flow," an afternoon camp about water and rivers, will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The cost is $75 for members, or $85 for nonmembers for a half day only. A full day, which includes lunch, is $160 for members or $180 for nonmembers.

For more information or to register, call Beth Hoyt at 687-9699, Ext. 2, or visit www.nearbynature.org for registration forms and camp descriptions.

Kids' art, writing entries sought for Earth Day event

Kids get a special place at the eighth annual Earth Day Celebration with an art and writing contest addressing the question, "What part of the Earth is most sacred to you?" In words or images, kids can express what they find most sacred: a place, an object, a system or something else.

Submissions of artwork, essays, and/or creative poetry or prose will be accepted until April 13. Prizes will include $50 to the winners in four age groups: kindergarten through second grade; third through fifth grade; sixth through eighth grade, and ninth through 12th grade.

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