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Students create works for display

The Pastega Family Foundation would like to publicly thank the Sweet Home High School Art Club, 20 students strong; Santiam Christian High School art students Teasag Tuepker, Annie Lee, Savannah Black and Kristina Groome; Kyli Hunter of College Hill High School; Corvallis High School art students; and Crescent Valley High School students Kim Lewis and Kate Parker for donating their time and artistic skill in painting a total of 16 new display pieces for the Pastega Christmas Display at the Benton County Fairgrounds in Corvallis.

We were excited to unveil their talent in the themes of superheroes, “Frozen” characters, Nemo and his friends, along with honoring our firefighters and police officers in the display.

Special thanks to Tina Longolla (Santiam Christian), Autumn Almanza (Sweet Home High), Stephanie Rakos (Corvallis High), Donna Keim (Corvallis High) and Jeff Shimabuku (Crescent Valley), the teachers who truly inspire students to reach for the stars!

Ken Pastega


Thanks for backing festival

The Corvallis Environmental Center would like to thank River Design Group, Watershed Fly Shop, Modern Woodmen of America, Peak Sports, Freshwaters Illustrated, Oregon Trail Runs, Visit Corvallis, Hoodoo Ski & Recreation, the Blueback Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Blueback Women of Oregon and Oregon AFSCME Local 2975 for generously sponsoring our recent Wild and Scenic Film Festival at the Whiteside Theatre.

Thanks also goes to Block 15 Brewery and Wildcraft Cider Works for donating the delicious local beer and cider beverages.

We are so appreciative of this community that chooses to engage and educate together. With the short films that were shown, we hope that people feel inspired to go out and continuously help make Corvallis and this world a better place.

Jennah Stillman

Corvallis Environmental Center

Quilters support art for youth

The Arts Center, together with Jackson Street Youth Services, would like to thank the Secret Sisters group of the Marys River Quilt Guild for their support of art and creativity for youth experiencing homelessness and instability. 

The generous donation from the Secret Sisters will directly support scholarships for Jackson Street youth to attend teen art classes at The Arts Center, led by professional local artists. Through these classes, teens are able to practice their own creativity and personal expression, enjoy spending time with their peers, and get to work with positive adult role models.

These experiences positively impact personal self-worth and empower confidence in youth to grow and become creative problem-solvers and critical thinkers. Our greatest appreciation and gratitude to the Secret Sisters Group from the staff, artists and youth at Jackson Street Youth Services and The Arts Center.

Jen Hernandez-Cornelius

The Arts Center (Corvallis)

Thanks for helping Thanksgiving meal

Stone Soup Corvallis is very grateful for the wide community support for our annual Thanksgiving dinner.

The First Presbyterian Church provided Dennis Hall and kitchen, and worked closely with us to ensure a successful event. This meal has been held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church for many years, but its remodel project required a different site this year. Once again Big River provided delicious pumpkin desserts for all, and Steve Chovanec once again was chef and manager.

The meal takes lots of dishwasher soap, and once again, the Kiwanis Foundation provided a grant for purchase of dishwasher soap for a whole year of dirty dishes, pots and pans at both our sites. Many Corvallis citizens volunteered their time to help decorate, serve and clean. Some have made this their family tradition. Many more people offered to volunteer, but all the positions had been filled.

Stone Soup is so grateful to those who care that hungry people could receive a meal without cost or questions. Stone Soup Corvallis continues its mission: to provide a meal every day of the year to any person in need. For more information, please check our website:

Susan Dunham

Stone Soup Corvallis

Community assists student programs

The Corvallis Public Schools Foundation would like to thank the community groups and businesses who have supported programs and opportunities for students across our school district this fall.

While we cannot list them all, we will share a few outstanding examples.

Several groups are boosting music and art programs. Subaru of Corvallis enabled the purchase of ukuleles for elementary schools and a full-sized rosewood marimba for Corvallis High School, while a donation from Rotary Club of Corvallis After 5 made possible the purchase of art equipment.

The Corvallis Odd Fellows and the Kiwanis Club of Corvallis Sunrisers both addressed child hunger by supporting the district’s food pantries and the weekend food program, which sends home a supply of ready-to-eat food with more than 100 elementary school children each Friday.

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Corvallis, the Corvallis Rotary Club and the Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan supported 509J’s Homeless Education program, ensuring that the basic and educational needs of the district’s more than 200 homeless students are met so that they can fully participate at school.

We owe our thanks to Umpqua Bank for supporting the expansion of AVID, a college and career readiness program at secondary schools in Corvallis. 

Finally, donations from Turn-Key Marketing and Promotions prompted several sustainability-related projects at local elementary schools, including a year-around indoor tower garden at Mountain View, cooking in the classroom with local fruits and vegetables at Wilson, and bicycle-powered energy production at Garfield.

We see the difference these donations make to students in our schools on a daily basis. Thank you for helping Corvallis public schools offer exceptional educational experiences to all students.

Anissa Arthenayake

Corvallis Public School Foundation board

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