Day: November 22, 2012

Keizer teachers earn trio of Crystal Apples

Keizer teachers Michele Husseman, Ryan Somerville and Wally Wing were honored with Crystal Apples at a ceremony last week. The awards, sponsored by the Salem-Keizer Education Foundation, recognize excellence in education by honoring those making a significant impact in the lives of children. First star to the right Middle school years represent rough waters for many students. Michele Husseman is an integral part in making sure Whiteaker Middle School students navigate its highs and lows with an even keel. Officially, she’s the alternative education instructional assistant, which means she coordinates the annual Camp Wolverine for incoming sixth graders, manages the school store, serves as testing coordinator, is an assistant in the Read 180 program and coordinates the Enrichment Academy of after school activities. Prior to all that she was a bookkeeper. “I come from a family of educators, but it wasn’t until my children started school did I realize I wanted to be involved in education also,” Husseman said. She started out following her sons in grade school as an assistant at Clear Lake Elementary then moved to Gubser five years later. While helping them navigate the challenges of middle school, an important part of her job is preparing students for transition to high school. “More than that, it’s getting students to see the need for education, helping them to develop the love of learning, and instilling in students...

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Prep for big dinner with Turkey Day Dash

The Keizer Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring its first Turkey Dash. The 5K run/walk is slated for 8 a.m. on Thanksgiving, Nov. 22. Participants will start and finish at the Keizer Chamber of Commerce office, 6075 Ulali Drive, and run through the Gubser neighborhood. Pre-registration at the Keizer Chamber office is $18 for adults, $10 for those 18 and younger. Add $2 to adult fees for day-of-race registration. Flock discounts are offered for groups of five or more. Pies will be awarded to top finishers. Runners can pick up packets between 4 and 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21 or beginning at 7 a.m. on the day of the dash. The event is stroller friendly, but pets are prohibited. For more information, visit...

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