Avryn Strong: Bend Boy Gets Police Escort to School After Surviving Car Wreck

Five months ago, the parents of 10-year-old Avryn Hayes were worried about him surviving a near-fatal accident on the parkway on his way to school, but today, the City of Bend Police Department, including the officer who helped save Avryn’s life after the accident, celebrated Hayes’ recovery with a police escort to Avryn’s school at Silver Rail Elementary.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan was there to capture Hayes’ first day of 5th grade.

Calming Back to School Jitters

Local School Helps Parents and Students Deal With First Day Nerves

Back to school is a time of tears and celebration for students and parents alike, but for first time students and parents the first day of school can be particularly nerveracking.

However, one local school organized an event to help with those nerves. Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan went down to Buckingham Elementary School to see how parents and students were coping.

Preview: Road to Redemption

New Documentary on La Pine High Baseball Team Debuts on July 4th

Tune in on Wednesday, July 4th, when Central Oregon Daily debuts a new 30-minute documentary called “Road to Redemption”, a six-month journey with La Pine High School student-athletes who turned a devastating loss in the football playoffs to an inspiring run for the state title in baseball.

Here’s a preview of this Special Edition of Central Oregon Daily airing on July 4th at 3pm, 3:30pm and 6pm on KOHD-ABC and 7pm on KBNZ-CBS.

Free Lunches

The annual summer food service program is now available in hundreds of communities statewide, including here in Central Oregon. The program offers free meals and snacks to all kids ages one through 18.

For over a decade, the Bend-La Pine School District has ensured that no child goes hungry, even when school is not in session. Monday marked the beginning of the district’s free summer meals program, which provides healthy meals to children in Bend and La Pine.

At least one location in both Bend and La Pine provides breakfast and lunch to children. Parents are encouraged to attend and can also purchase a meal for $4.

The program is funded through the United State Department of Agriculture and is run by district staff members. The program provides and estimated 5,000 meals in the Bend-La Pine area over the summer months.

The program runs Monday through Friday ever week until August 24th in most locations. The free lunch program in La Pine will open at the La Pine Event Center starting July 9 and running through August 17. A full list of all the locations in Bend and La Pine, as well as times and dates, is available on the Bend-La Pine School District website.

 

NeighborImpact Food Drive Challenge Winner

A local nonprofit challenged students at four local high schools to gather as much food as possible for the Second Annual NeighborImpact Food Drive Challenge. On Wednesday night, they announced the winners on Central Oregon Daily.

Anyssa Bohanan joined us from the Pine Tavern with the announcement and La Pine High School won $2,000.

Decision Day: Local Students Share Their College Plans

May 1st was decision day at Mountain View High School, a new way to celebrate the seniors who are moving on to colleges or universities this fall.

As Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker reports, it was like an academic version of signing day for athletes.

Kindergarten Registration for Bend-La Pine Schools

It’s already that time for families of incoming kindergarten students to register their students.

Today some parents were able to sign up but today’s event wasn’t the only chance parents will have to register their future kindergarteners. Registration will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on any school day and will continue up until school begins.

If you have any questions you can contact your neighborhood school for details. You can find your neighborhood school through the Bend-La Pine schools website on their attendance area webpage.

Bend-La Pine Schools Consider Campus Safety Measures

School safety has been top of mind since the deadly mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida last February and that’s why Bend-La Pine Schools officials are looking to speed up a project to add more safety measures to campuses within their district.

Before tonight’s school board meeting the budget committee will talk about the best way to move forward with the construction of safety vestibules on 19 different campuses listed here:

Kingston Elementary

Ponderosa Elementary

Summit High

W.E. Miller Elementary

Bear Creek Elementary

Elk Meadow Elementary

Juniper Elementary

La Pine Elementary

La Pine High

Rosland Elementary

Thompson Elementary

Three Rivers Elementary

Bend Senior High

High Desert Middle

La Pine Middle

Mountain View High

Cascade Middle

Education Center

Ensworth Elementary

In May voters approved a $268 million bond and one percent of that bound, roughly $2.6 million dollars, has been allocated for the construction of the vestibules, which would secure the main entry point to the schools.

 

Supper Club: Mental Health in Local Schools

The recent shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida has re-ignited the national debate over guns. However, there is one issue that all sides can agree on: something has to be done to help people with mental health issues before they commit mass shootings.

For this week’s Supper Club, Donna Britt sat down with three local high school students who helped organize last month’s March For Our Lives to talk about the power of people coming together and the mental health issues they see in their own schools.

Thanks to Lauren Hough, Emma Smith and Vinna Ottaviano for joining us.

special thanks to our Supper Club sponsor, Selco Community Credit Union, for giving us the time and resources to talk about the issues that impact our region in a new edition of Supper Club every Tuesday night on Central Oregon Daily.

Four Local High Schools Participate in a Food Drive Competition

 

It’s a friendly competition among local high schools, all for an important cause.
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has a look at four local high schools that are helping a local non-profit make a difference.
The winners of the food drive challenge will be announced and presented with their prizes at Pine Tavern Restaurant on May 1st.

Though you can no longer drop off cans to the high school of your choice, you can still support them and NeighborImpact with a monetary donation.
When you donate make sure to write the school name you’d like to support in the donation memo line.
Every one dollar donation allows the organization to distribute 7 pounds of food or five meals.