Board recognizes Scouts for sprucing up schools

Boy Scouts Mason Vogel and Kyle Durrant were honored by the White River School Board at its Oct. 12 meeting for sprucing up two of the district’s school campuses.

Boy Scouts Mason Vogel and Kyle Durrant were honored by the White River School Board at its Oct. 12 meeting for sprucing up two of the district’s school campuses.

Under the direction of district maintenance technician Joe Kelly, the boys led a painting and landscaping project. It was done as part of their effort toward earning an Eagle Scout award.

Durrant brought together and oversaw 63 volunteers who cleaned up the grounds and flower beds around White River High School, while Vogel organized a portable painting project at Glacier Middle School.

“It was a good project for us, for the community and for the Boy Scouts,” Kelly said.

“We’re building leaders everywhere in the community,” Superintendent Tom Lockyer said. “It’s great that we can support their needs and they can support our needs.”

Both boys are members of Buckley Troop 305.

In other business, the board:

• heard from Lockyer that the White River Education Foundation’s Chair-ity Dinner Auction fundraiser netted more than $32,000, which will be used to support programs in the school district like paying for every high school junior to take the PSAT.

Lockyer said about 300 people attended the Sept. 23 event at The Kelly Farm.

“It was a huge catalyst to get this organization going,” Lockyer said. More importantly, he added, it spurred interest in the program.

• announced its next meetings will be Oct. 26 and Nov. 16. Both are set for 6 p.m. in the board conference room.

• were introduced to White River High School FFA officers: Megan Miller, president; Angela Ramous, vice president; Kaitlin Miller, secretary; Maddie Budinich, treasurer; Hailee Maas, reporter; Will Sathre, sentinel; and Jonathan Ramous.

The group shared last year’s state place winners from the WRHS chapter, including the second-place issues team, which debated the pros and cons of wind turbines. The group, which has more than 100 members, is planning a PALs outing Tuesday. PALs is Partners in Active Learning, a program where WRHS FFA students teach Mountain Meadow Elementary students about an agricultural or environmental topic. The FFA is also hosting a blood drive at the school Nov. 4.


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