School safety plans unveiled

Astoria School District staff continues taking steps to improve school safety. The district has been working this school year on new procedures for lock downs, lockouts and evacuations.

These safety procedures are called Standard Response Protocol, which is meant to increase preparedness and communication for parents, children and staff when responding to incidences or accidents. Both staff and local first responders have been properly trained.

The next step in the process is to provide an overview to the community and parents, as well as training for students. The district holds two parent information nights at Astoria High School’s auditorium to discuss the implementation of the Standard Response Protocol, including:

• One for parents of elementary-age students from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

• Another for parents of middle and high school-age children from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 2.

The district strongly encourages parents attend the meeting corresponding to their child’s school. District administrators will be available at the presentations to answer questions. For more information concerning the Standard Response Protocol and general safety questions, call 503-325-6441.

Chef’s Night Out offers tasty treats

It may not really be a “night out” for local chefs, but Chef’s Night Out will be a treat for those who enjoy good food and want to help a local nonprofit organization.

The Cannon Beach Preschool and Children’s Center will benefit by the proceeds from the dinner, which runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 18 in the Surfsand Resort ballroom, 148 W. Gower St.

Tickets are $40 for the evening’s samplings and beverages from area restaurants and chefs.

The Cannon Beach Preschool and Children’s Center fundraiser has been an annual event for 21 years, and it is the participating talented chefs that make the evening especially memorable, organizers say. The chefs prepare bite-sized samples of a variety of foods, from appetizers to desserts. Second bites are encouraged.

Tickets can be purchased at the children’s center, Bruce’s Candy Kitchen in Cannon Beach or at the door on the night of the event.

Cannon Beach Preschool & Children’s Center serves primarily working class families. It focuses on the care and education of infants, toddlers and preschoolers. Much of the center’s funding comes from grants, donations and fundraisers.

For more information, call 503-436-1040 or visit www.cbchildren.org

AAUW hosts program director

The Astoria branch of the American Association of University Women will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Flag Room of the Astoria Public Library, 450 10th St.

The public is welcome to join in a conversation with Georgina Jones, director of the Healing Circle. For the past 25 years, the Healing Circle, a local nonprofit organization, has provided Victory Over Child Abuse (VOCA) Camps for child abuse survivors. The camps offer safe, fun and healing experiences for boys and girls in two separate sessions.

With the goal to build an atmosphere of safety and understanding for survivors and to work toward the prevention of future abuse, the Healing Circle also offers free community education. The program, which serves as the volunteer training, is open to all community members. This year’s volunteer training and community education program will take place on July 25 and 26 and Aug. 1, 2 and 16.

Each year, VOCA Camp volunteers are needed for assistance in the kitchen, arts and crafts cabins, on the fishing docks, and as ‘buddies’ for campers. Information about volunteering and Healing Circle programs, as well as on AAUW membership, will be available at the meeting.

For questions, contact Bobbi Brice at 503-468-2590.

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