Day: March 11, 2015

Enrichment Academy packs them in at WMS

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes At Whiteaker Middle School, 128 students are taking part in enrichment activities after school several days each week. Options run the gamut from sports like wrestling, volleyball and fencing to art and knitting clubs. “We now have 10 girls who have learned how to knit,” said Michele Husseman, enrichment program coordinator. In addition to exposing students to new activities and hobbies, Husseman said she strives to reach students who otherwise might go home to an empty house. Providing a hot meal and an activity bus has also boosted participation. “Wrestling is the best choice I’ve ever made because it helps me lose weight, gain strength and it builds my confidence,” said Coleman Young, a Wolverine seventh grader. Wrestling, which is offered by WMS teacher Kelly Hafer, got an extra boost this season when an anonymous donor gifted the program with 30 pairs of nearly new wrestling shoes. Fifteen students are already making use of the donation. The programs also provides incentive in the classroom. “Wrestling is a really good sport. I keep my grades up so I can do it,” said Josue Reyes. Husseman has seen the Enrichment Academy pay off in numerous ways. “Students’ attendance has improved as kids are more engaged in school and the community. The Enrichment Academy classes are also a great way for staff to interact with...

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One day, two garage sales on tap for Aug. 1 in Keizer

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Looking to do as many garage sales as possible in one day in Keizer? If so, remember this date: Saturday, Aug. 1. That is the date members of the Greater Gubser Neighborhood Association will be holding their third annual neighborhood-wide garage sale. That is also the date for the 17th annual McNary Estates garage sale. Having the two big sales on the same day wasn’t planned. Both groups chose the date to avoid conflicts with other events and happened to inadvertently create a new conflict. “It was certainly not a competitive thing with Gubser,” said Dave Parker, organizer of the McNary Estates garage sale and president of the McNary Estates Homeowners Association. While the McNary Estates sale used to be on the third Saturday of August, last year the event was held on the second Saturday of that month. “It conflicted with so many events going on,” Parker said. “There was a big family golf event, RIVERfair and a bunch of other activities. So we changed it to the first Saturday for this year. We couldn’t change it to later in the month because there is too much going on like fairs, school starting and Labor Day.” However, the latest date change wasn’t widely known. When GGNA members discussed when to have their sale during their January monthly meeting, it was emphasized the...

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