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    APRIL 28, 2017, KEIZERTIMES, PAGE A3
McNary Kloset opens doors
for Celtic students in need
By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes
Given the wide range of
diffi cult conversations a teacher
can have with a student, the
most diffi cult might be the
ones in which
a student asks a
teacher if they
anything to eat.
“ T h e
needs of our
students
are
changing,” said
Kim
Pittsley,
a counselor at
McNary High
School. “About
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us proud of our community
our
students
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are on free or
reduced lunch
plans and that’s
not what people expect. The
File
need is here.”
Members of the McNary faculty and staff along with members of the Keizer Network of Women
McNary is typically viewed gather for the opening of the McNary Kloset earlier this month.
as one of the more affl uent
schools in the Salem-Keizer school could use some McNary-
Simply having a space to Struggling students can ask any
School District.
branded clothing left over from house the Kloset represented trusted adult in the building to
Earlier this month, McNary a previous event. Pittsley said a dramatic shift for the better, assist them with gaining access
and the Keizer Network of she could. That query led to a said Pittsley, who is still stunned and Pittsley will call them down
Women (KNOW), a subgroup larger effort both at the school with how quickly everything during the school day to “shop.”
of the Keizer Chamber of and within KNOW.
came together.
“I have brand new backpacks
Commerce,
unveiled
the
“Audrey asked if we could
“Since the beginning of the in the store they can use to
McNary
Kloset. KNOW organize a clothing drive and I school year, about half my offi ce carry what they need. Students
members have committed to said we should make it part of the had been fi lled with clothing who need the help never leave
an ongoing campaign to collect (ongoing) KNOW efforts,” said donated for students. It’s also looking like they’ve (been to
items for underprivileged Stephanie Wittman, the current taken pressure off the teachers the Kloset),” Pittsley said.
students with donation barrels KNOW president and a sales who had taken to having food
New
and
gently-used
at Willamette Valley Bank and and marketing representative and snacks in their classroom,” clothing (particularly items
Keizer Chamber of Commerce with ServiceMaster of Salem.
Pittsley said.
suitable for school and jobs)
offi ce in Keizer Station.
At
McNary,
Assistant
Given that asking for of all types is appreciated. The
The Kloset started with Principal Rhonda Rhodes set assistance isn’t easy, Pittsley store also tries to have on-
KNOW member Audrey Butler out to fi nd a space to house a said the Kloset is operated as a hand non-perishable food
asking Pittsley whether the larger collection of items.
private shopping experience. items that students can either
eat during school or go home
and prepare, like macaroni and
cheese. Personal hygiene items,
including feminine hygiene
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products, and staples like
underwear are also needed.
In addition to donations
coming in from the community,
Pittsley said she’s already seen an
increase in staff donations, too.
KNOW has a roster of
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“Keizer comes together
when they need to. Once the
need is known, it’s just amazing
how it keeps going,” Pittsley
said. “I think it’s important that
the community and McNary
are working together and
helping the students in need.”
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GRASSROOTS
GOVERNMENT
Public Art Commission
The Keizer Public Art Commission had its most recent
meeting Tuesday, April 18. Here is what was discussed:
• Keare Blaylock from the Mid-Willamette Outreach
Group, tasked with educating the public about storm-
water, notifi ed commissioners that the group is host-
ing an art contest. Artists will be encouraged to submit
work that could be placed around storm drains at four
Keizer locations. The fi nalists will be selected and pre-
sented to the commission for approval in June. Details
on how to enter are forthcoming.
• Commissioners are contemplating a permanent
“Pianos on Parade” exhibit for Keizer. The city partici-
pated in a nationwide program, which involves placing
a decorated, working piano in a public space, several
years ago. Commissioner Beth Melendy suggested ob-
taining a free piano from someone on Craigslist and
asking McNary High School students to come up with
a plan for painting it. With the school year rapidly com-
ing to a close, the commission tabled the matter until a
future meeting.
• Members of the commission are working with a
grant writer to secure funding to carve two large tree
stumps on the north side of the Keizer Civic Center.
One chainsaw carver has expressed interest in the proj-
ect, but applicants would need to submit a proposal for
review by the commission.
• After deciding that a Chalk Festival, in which art-
ists would draw in a public space, would not be a good
fi t for the Iris Festival because of the potential for rain,
Commissioners agreed to table to issue until its January
2018 meeting.
Festival Advisory Board
The Keizer Festival Advisory Board had its most recent
meeting Monday, April 24. Here is what was discussed:
• Talk of the upcoming Keizer Eclipse event domi-
nated the meeting. Board members approved the re-
mainder of the concert line-up; solidifi ed plans to have
CERT volunteers on the scene throughout the week-
end; and doled out tasks for a variety of other roles in
the organizing process.
• Board members plan to meet informally on May
31 with stakeholders in the process. The May meeting
of KFAB has been canceled.
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