Paper Apple Campaign Helps Schools

EUGENE, Ore. — Over the years, tens of thousands of dollars have gone to the Bethel School District thanks to the October Paper Apple Campaign. You may have seen green paper apples in various businesses around town. You can buy one for a dollar and write your name on it. All the money raised benefits … Continue reading »

Drivers Reminded to Obey School Zones

EUGENE, Ore. — School is back in session for many students this week. The Bethel and Roseburg districts start on Tuesday, Springfield starts on Wednesday, and the 4J School District starts next week. Now, the Eugene Police Traffic Enforcement Unit is reminding all drivers to pay attention to school zone speed limits. School zone crosswalks … Continue reading »

4J Students Get Late Start

EUGENE, Ore. — 4J students are among the few not returning to class this week. They don’t start going back until Tuesday, September 10th. Administrators say the late start has no connection with the budget. They say the change is about balancing the number of days in each trimester, aligning the calendars with the higher … Continue reading »

Two Days Added To Bethel School Schedule

BETHEL, Ore. — The Bethel School District added two new days to its calendar. A district spokesperson says the school board restored two days to the school year that were designated as budget reduction days. Those dates are September 27 and June 13. The additions are directly linked to the reduced costs for the Oregon … Continue reading »

Clothes Closet Gives Back to Families

EUGENE, Ore. — For 25 years the Bethesda Lutheran Church has been helping families in need. On Wednesday, members of the congregation began collecting clothes from Bethel District Schools for their annual “shopping” event in August. Volunteers go to the schools and pick up clothes from the lost and found, wash them and then re-distribute … Continue reading »

2012 Graduation Rates Rise Slightly

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon’s four-year graduation rate for 2012 was 68.4 percent, up slightly from 2011, when the rate was 67.6 percent, according to the Oregon Department of Education. In an effort to assess progress toward a lofty education goal in 2025–a 100-percent graduation rate–the ODE tracks graduation rates as well as dropout rates. Perhaps … Continue reading »

Willamette High School Gets Makeover

EUGENE, Ore. — Willamette High School was the site of a few improvements Monday. People gathered at the campus to help improve it inside and outside. The efforts were part of the Bethel Education Foundation Willamette PrideĀ group. Organizers say it’s a great way to get students more involved in their community. “I think that it … Continue reading »

Bethel Approves Bid Process

EUGENE, Ore. — The Bethel School District took the first step in securing some much needed upgrades. The school board approved the request for proposal process Monday night. It essentially allows architects and construction companies to come up with bids to build two new elementary schools and a new science wing at Willamette High School. … Continue reading »

Bethel Schools to See Improvements

EUGENE, Ore. — The cheers are still resonating throughout the Bethel School District, as it starts to plan for the millions of dollars it will see from the approved school bond. It won’t start to see the funds until January, but now that it knows it’s getting them, it’s going to get the ball rolling … Continue reading »

Residents Vote to Support Bethel Schools

EUGENE, Ore. — If anything’s crystal clear, it’s that voters in the Bethel area support their schools. Measure 20-209, a bond measure aimed at fixing up the district’s schools and buying new textbooks, passed handily. Supporters knocked on about 5,000 doors campaigning for the issue and, apparently, won voters over. “This is a community effort. … Continue reading »

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