Day: June 4, 2014

Keizer teachers to investigate Civil War geography, bring home lesson plans

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes For all the knowledge available in books, there’s something to be said for seeing historic sites in person. Two Keizer teachers, Matt Faatz and Alan Town, will be doing that next month with a trip to Civil War battlegrounds in Pennsylvania and Virginia. “I’ve been thinking a lot about what to expect,” said Faatz, a teacher at Whiteker Middle School. “I’ve got these places in my head as living in a particular point in time, and there are going to be McDonalds and Walmarts right around the corner. I’m trying to brace for the shock of that.” On the other hand, it was a chance neither of them could pass up. “It’s like somebody’s opened this door and if I don’t walk through it, I’m missing a great opportunity,” said Town, a Keizer resident and teacher at Waldo Middle School. Faatz and Town both applied for the opportunity through Portland State University and they’ll receive continuing education credits for the venture, but it won’t all be fun and games. While visiting the sites, Faatz and Town will be gathering information about specific topics to turn into lesson plans for middle school students all around the world. Topics were assigned to the cohort of 25 graduate students and current teachers taking the trip and the pair has spent the past couple of months...

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Parks Board members want to start quickly

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Once the new fiscal year starts in July, a new matching grant program in the city starts. Members of the Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board have been ironing out details of the new matching grant program – modeled after a similar program in Salem – the last few months after first discussing the idea back in February. Typically at that time Parks Board members would start putting together budget requests and priorities for the coming fiscal year, but this year a new direction was taken. Board members looked at proposed application forms and discussed funding once again during this month’s meeting. The idea for the program is simple: groups or organizations will submit applications for projects and indicate what they are willing to put into the project, both in terms of materials and labor. Parks Board members will go through the applications and choose the top ones, matching funding requests. As an example, if a group is willing to put in $500 towards cleaning up a park and the application is accepted, Parks Board members could put $500 worth in materials towards the project. From the start, the matching grant program has been somewhat impacted by funding. In recent years the Parks Board has had $20,000 to spend in a year. The number is half of that this time around, though Keizer...

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