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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
W.E. Miller Elementary
Bear Creek Elementary
Elk Meadow Elementary
La Pine Elementary
La Pine High
Three Rivers Elementary
Bend Senior High
High Desert Middle
La Pine Middle
Mountain View High
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.
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.
A 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.
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.
Students Leave Classrooms Calling for Stricter Gun Reforms
Thousands of high school students staged a walkout from their classes today calling for stricter gun reforms and paying tribute to the victims of the Columbine Massacre. At Ridgefield High School in Connecticut, a silent tribute was held for the victims,19 years after the fatal shots were fired.
A spokesperson for Bend-La Pine schools says students who missed classes today will be marked with unexcused absences per state guidance and the consequences for the absences will follow regular protocols. The consequences for the absence are due to participation in the walk-out, not the message of the walkout.
For the second year in a row, a robotics team from Summit High School is competing in the world championships in Texas this week.
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan caught up with them before they left town and has highlights from Thursday’s matches.
The team will compete in six matches on Friday morning starting at 6:33 AM PT.
You can watch all of their upcoming matches live, as well as keep up with their entire world championship journey online at www.bluealliance.com, or on the Summit High School Robotics Facebook page.
One hundred 5th graders from Jewell Elementary School in Southeast Bend went on a very special field trip to learn about the inner workings of the restaurant business. Our own Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker tagged along.