Education Briefly: Toledo Hosting Focus Group for Renaming of School Mascot; Chehalis Offering Paid CDL to New Employees; More


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Oakville District Hosting Upcoming COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic for Students 16 and Older

Any student 16 years or older who has a parent or guardian’s permission can get the COVID-19 vaccine at an upcoming clinic at Oakville School District.

District Administrator Scott Hyder said in a video posted to the district’s Facebook page that the high school plans on doing raffle drawings for prizes in order to incentivize students to get the vaccine.

Hyder did not provide a date for the clinic, but noted that more information would be shared at a later date on the district’s social media accounts.


Chehalis Tribal Clinic Offering Vaccine to Rochester Students May 10-15

The Chehalis Tribe’s Wellness Center will have Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines available May 10-15 for any Rochester School District students 16 years or older who want them.

According to the district’s Facebook page, students can call 360-273-5504 to schedule an appointment.


‘Riverhawks,’ ‘Knights’ Among Leaders in Toledo Renaming Primary

The “Riverhawks,” “Knights,” “Eagles” and “Dark Knights” are the four mascots leading the Toledo School District’s community-led primary to rename its mascot.

According to a post on the district’s Facebook page, Riverhawks is in the lead with 184 votes, Knights is in second with 118, Eagles is in third with 59 and the Dark Knights is in fourth with 58.

The district has narrowed the long list down to 20 mascots voted on by the community that will replace its “Indians” moniker following a new law requiring it to do so. “Spirit of the Cowlitz,” “Redhawks,” “Grizzlies” and “Sasquatches” are also among the list.

Any and all Indigenous people are invited to the district’s first focus group session at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the high school’s commons. Other community stakeholders will be allowed to attend sessions currently scheduled.


Napavine High Auction Raises $16,000 for Senior Scholarships

The Napavine Scholarship Foundation raised more than $16,000 during its annual scholarship auction to benefit scholarships and post-high school education funding for seniors.

This year’s auction saw a record broken on a single auction item, according to the foundation’s Facebook page, and a large haul overall for the class of 2021. Bidding closed April 25 and pickup was May 1.

This year’s auction was conducted through Facebook. Services, collector sports cards and grills were among those items auctioned off this year.


Chehalis District Offering Paid Training, No-Cost CDL to Employees

The Chehalis School District will now cover training and commercial drivers licenses (CDL) fees for its employees in an effort to fill bus driver positions amid a broader regional shortage, Communications Coordinator Andy Lynch said.

If drivers are hired no later than the start of the 2021-2022 school year, workers would be eligible for benefits including medical, dental and sick leave. Employees must work 180 days at a minimum of 3.5 hours to qualify.

The district is also working to include a hybrid position that includes custodian and bus driver duties in order to ensure an eight-hour work day for interested applicants.  More information can be found on the district’s Facebook page.