Briefs for April 2019

April 2019 Posted in Community, People

Robotics teams seek assistance

Mt. Angel Middle School Robotics Team have earned the opportunity to compete in the upcoming VEX IQ Robotics Nationals competition.  Eight are headed to Iowa the first week in April. Ten more are bound for the World Competition in Kentucky the last week of April. 

“Most school robotics programs strive to get one team of three kids to one of these competitions, this season all seven team spots that represent Oregon’s clubs are from one program.  It’s kind of like suddenly having to send the whole football team to the playoffs,” explained JB Leahy, a parent of one of the competitors.

“We are facing a budget of about $25,000 to get the teams to the two competitions.  We have been fundraising on a regular basis with the thought that we might get one team to one or two of the competitions.  So far we have raised over $8,000. 

“Additionally because of the short time frame to gather these funds, our parent support group has been activated and are working on several fund raiser events and campaigns in the community.  This gap, however, is a big number and we are looking for as much support as possible from the surrounding area.”

Teams are prepared to visit events or offices to give demonstrations and answer questions.  They are looking for any opportunity to meet with anyone who would like to consider providing support.

Donations may be made to: Robotics Club, c/o Mt. Angel Middle School, 460 E. Marquam St., Mt. Angel, OR 97362.


Drop in center supports LGBTQI+ teens

Silverton Rainbow Connection will host a drop-in community space for LGBTQI+ folks and allies 3:30 – 5:30  p.m. during  First Fridays April 5, May 3 and June 7 at the Live Local event space, 111 N. Water St.  There will be space for craft projects, homework, zine making and community building. LGBTQI+ folks 12-20 years old and friends are invited to bring something to work on or just hang out.  For information call Elyse, 503-453-3698.

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