Day: October 2, 2012

‘There’s something to love in every child’

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes It’s a lesson she reminds herself of daily when she encounters a difficult student. “Sometimes you have to dig deep, but there’s something to love in every child and they deserve that,” said Donna Wyatt, a Claggett Creek Middle School health teacher. In one recent year, she had a student with autism making a regular disturbance of himself, but found connection over the Super Mario Bros. video games. He was a huge fan and the game was the only one she had much experience with. “From the moment we found that connection, he started to change,” she said. “He ended up making felt mushrooms from the game all by himself and he started doing all these other cool things that revolved around the games. People started to see him change and see him for the cool guy he could be,” Wyatt said. On most days, Wyatt calls her classroom “controlled chaos.” Standing at her door or up in front of the students, Wyatt is quick to offer opportunities to high-five, snap, clap and stomp. One a brief trip to the back of the classroom, underneath a dozen or so college pennants meant to remind the kids that their journey in education isn’t supposed to end with high school, she reveals why: “There are three types of learning: visual, auditory and kinesthetic. By...

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Local economy topic of summit

An economic summit on Wednesday, October 17 aims to educate the public on the forces at work in the local economy. A social hour starts at 5 p.m. and speakers begin at 6 p.m. It’s free to attend and is sponsored by Marion County’s Economic Development Advisory Board. Speakers will discuss future property tax revenue, local property trends, land use and urban growth boundary issues, the challenges developers face, regional planning and impact of tourism. They range from Mayor Lore Christopher to experts in land use, development, job recruitment and travel. “With persistent economic pressures working against us today, it is vital that we communicate and collaborate. The quality of life we enjoy in our Willamette Valley depends on a strong private sector supported and protected by a strong public sector. My colleagues and I serve on the Economic Development Advisory Board (EDAB) to advance our common interests toward an improved economy and overall livability here in Marion County,” said Bill Cummins, Chair. Mr. Cummins is also the plant engineer and operations manager at Diana Foods in Silverton and serves on the Silverton City Council. To register contact Don Russo, Marion County’s Economic Development manager, at 503-589-3264 or email...

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