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Albany Options students volunteer during first Day of Service event

Posted on: March 24, 2017

Read about the first school-wide volunteer event at Albany Options Schools in the Democrat-Herald, and in the following story published by school staff.

On Thursday, March 23, Albany Options School had its first AOS Day of Service. All of the students in the Innovative High School (IHS) Program participated in one of four
projects out in the community including planting native trees at LBCC, building a garden at South Shore Elementary School, and volunteering at Safe Haven Humane Society and Albany Carousel and Museum.

This event was inspired by AOS because has always been committed to providing the students with as many hands-on, Service Learning, and community involvement opportunities as possible. In addition, AOS is always being flooded with support from the local Albany community. The school wanted to demonstrate their appreciation to the community by giving back for a day.

This was a huge effort and took the involvement of many behind the scenes, including donors and partners. A special thanks to Ocean Blue Project, Parr Lumber, Pro Bark, McDonald’s, Republic Services, South Shore Elementary School, Linn-Benton Community College, Safe Haven Humane Society, and the Albany Carousel and Museum.

Students compete for cooking honors in future chef event

Posted on: March 22, 2017

More than 100 elementary school kids submitted recipes in the annual Sodexo Food Service Future Chef competition. Eight finalists were chosen. The winner of the competition was Nora Brandon of North Albany Elementary School. She called her creation “Fruit Sushi Frushi.”

Sodexo provided all the raw food ingredients as well as the kitchen stations and cooking utensils. Each child was accompanied by a food service employee who ensured that cutting was done safely, the proper sanitary measures were maintained and, if applicable, foods were cooked to the proper temperatures.

The following students were among the finalists.

Alyson Thompson of North Albany Elementary was one of the eight finalists in the Sodexo Food Service Future Chef competition. Her creation was entitled “Greek Turkey Sliders.” The orange glove on her left hand in photo three is a cutting safety glove.

Timber Ridge School’s Miranda Scovil’s creation was entitled “Breakfast Cookies.”

Niccole McGinnis of Oak Elementary school prepared “Granola Oate Bars.”

Lafayette Elementary student McKenna Smith prepared “HMM Healthy McKenna Muffins.”

North Albany Elementary student Reagan Williams made “Sun Butter Truffles.”

Central Elementary School student Grace Foultner’s creation was entitled “Pizza Pasta.”

Periwinkle Elementary student Brienna Tierce made “Stuffed Peppers.”

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