Students will participate in the Fête de la musique fundraiser this weekend
It is estimated that 200 students from West Salem High School’s Orchestra, Choir and Orchestra programs will take to the city streets on September 11 to raise funds for the school’s music department.
In years past, the Fête de la Musique was a district-wide event for students of Salem-Keizer public schools, dating back to the early 2000s.
Many other high school programs are also participating this year, district leaders said, including students from Sprague, South Salem and North Salem high schools. The McNary High School Orchestra Program is collect donations at V2 Dentistry in Keizer.
Participating students– dressed in their show outfits – will walk through residential neighborhoods, knock on doors and ask for community support and donations, said Kenda Peterson, Music Day coordinator for West Salem High School. She said donations of bottles and cans are also appreciated.
This year, parent volunteers will lead groups of four or five students through the western neighborhoods of Salem, including 52 routes that will run between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Different school programs have varying hours.
“This day is important for students to connect with their community and know the community supports them,” said Peterson. “It also allows the community to be part of the tradition of musical excellence (at) West and be part of West Salem Pride.”
As one of the school’s biggest fundraisers for music, Peterson said community contributions are crucial. The support, she said, allows students to have musical experiences they otherwise wouldn’t have, like bringing in world-class clinicians and traveling to elite festivals.
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Students, in turn, grow as individuals and give back throughout the year, including performing in fanfare shows at football matches, choir concerts and musicals.
Saturday’s event will be the first in two years since last year’s Fête de la Musique was canceled due to COVID-19. Peterson said all students will be masked this year to curb the spread of the virus.
Learn more about Salem-Keizer’s music programs at salkeiz.k12.or.us/music.
Salem Police to Host Car Seat Clinic
The Salem Police Department traffic team is holding a car seat clinic Friday at the Marion Parkade in downtown Salem.
The event, which is part of an effort to raise awareness of the importance of wearing seat belts, offers parents, guardians and caregivers reminders on how to properly install a car seat and buckle up. children.
Carriers will also be assessed for their suitability and verified recall status.
Participants must have the carrier seat and / or booster seat already installed in the vehicle, as well as the manuals for the car seat and their vehicle model, if available.
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The outdoor clinic will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on September 10, at Marion Park, 400 Marion Street NE. The event will take place on the first floor of the parking structure, closest to the Union Street side of the building.
The road safety education project is carried out in partnership with ODOT Transportation Safety.
Student art celebrated in a calendar
Ariana Langsather, a sixth grader at Cascade Junior High, was selected among 13 winners in a statewide calendar competition sponsored by Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom.
Ariana’s artwork featured an assortment of fruit grown in Oregon and will appear on the July calendar page.
“I chose to draw these fruits because I know they are all grown in Oregon and I love the taste and appearance of the fruits, especially the cherries,” Ariana said in a statement.
Ariana and the other winners will also receive a $ 50 prize and a certificate. The winning artwork will also be displayed online and at the Oregon State Fair. Calendars are free for Oregon teachers or $ 4 for others, and can be ordered at oregonaitc.org/shop.
Playground to update
The Gilbert House Children’s Museum is updating its outdoor discovery area play structure.
Updating is the second and final part of a master plan. The first phase brought bubbles back to the museum with the opening of Bill’s Bubble Factory, as well as a new nature-based play exhibit area called Nature’s Workshop. It also improved accessibility to each of the major historic homes with updated ramp systems.
Starting in September, Gilbert House will begin to educate the community and raise funds for the reconstruction of the playground. The vision is to include six new outdoor exhibitions while retaining the large pavilions and structure of the Erector ensemble. The first groundbreaking is tentatively scheduled for September 2022 and will end in February 2023.
For more information or to donate to the project, visit acgilbert.org/priority-play/.
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