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Fern Ridge Middle School is a community of caring, ethical, healthy students and adults who embrace core values of academic achievement, safety, partnerships and technology. Fern Ridge School Middle School is working on their 2007-2008 School Improvement Program. The program’s three major goals for the spring of 2008 are to 1. have all Fern Ridge Middle School students exceed the statewide percentile in reading, 2. ensure that 75% of students will state that they feel safe and respected at FRMS and that 3. 80% of parents/guardian will report they are informed on homework and grade issues.

Lane County Fire District #1

Heather Hill, 935-2226

In addition to fighting fires, the Fire Station provides emergency medical services and runs safety demonstrations. The Fire Department is made up of 8 paid staff and 80-90 volunteers. The Lane County Fire District covers 200 square miles and 11 stations. The Fire Station runs a firefighter academy that runs over five full weekends, after which a member is allowed to respond on calls. To maintain membership, a person must attend at least 2 drills per month, which are offered twice a week for approximately 2 hours each. The Fire Station also has a resident volunteer program, which allows a person to live at the station in exchange for working a 24-hour shift every third day, responding on calls and completing chores around the station.

Veneta Elementary School

Olivia Johnson, 935-8225

Veneta Elementary has been rated as a "strong" on their report card from the Oregon Department of Education which looks at student performance on state assessments, teacher qualifications, attendance, etc. The school has a great art program. This year, tiles and fabric hangings will be displayed in the library. The Parent Action (PAC) is the parent organization composed of parent and community volunteers. PAC meets monthly and among other things helps to coordinate classroom volunteers, organize fundraisers, assist with special activities and support field trips. Veneta Elementary is holding an auction on April 5th. The auction will start at 5:30 PM with a silent auction from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM and an oral auction from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Olivia. Money raised will fund outdoor field trips and an outdoor school.

Neighbors 4 Responsible Growth

Speaker: Joan Mariner For further information, contact: Lee Taylor-Loewe, Secretary: 935-8846

Neighbors 4 Responsible Growth (N4RG) is a Community Advocacy organization with a mission to respond to the environmental, infrastructure, and community issues impacting our community as a result of the surge of recent growth. N4RG responds regularly during the Public Comment periods of City meetings, and works closely with staff and elected officials as they advocate for issues not often a matter of concern for developers. The group holds monthly meetings on the fourth Thursday with a focus on a topic of interest to the larger community.

N4RG is sponsoring ‘Earth Day’ in Veneta on Thursday, April 24, 2008 in the Konnie Room of the Fern Ridge Public Library.

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