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MEDIA ALERT: Children at Seven Clark County Child Care Centers Join International Event to Spread Happiness on August 16th - 08/15/16

10:00 am - 11:00 am children will be chalking at Illahee Elementary in Camas
11:00 am -- noon children will be chalking at Glenwood Primary School in Vancouver

Children at seven of the Southwest Washington Child Care Consortium (SWCCC) centers in Clark County are participating in Chalk the Walks, an international event with Vancouver roots, in effort to make the world a happier place, if only for one day. Youngsters will be doing their part to spread smiles by chalking positive messages on seven of the centers' sidewalks.

SWCCC is an official community partner of Chalk the Walks. The 6th annual event, a project of The Joy Team, is all about spreading joy, inspiration and optimism through the magical power of sidewalk chalk. Thousands of strangers across the globe unite for one day to collectively spread inspiration and happiness in a simple yet powerful way: chalking positive messages on sidewalks everywhere.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016
10:00 am to noon

Seven of the SWCCC centers will have their little ones chalking the centers' walks: South Ridge Child Care Center in Ridgefield, Maple Grove Child Care Center in Battle Ground, Illahee Child Care Center in Camas; and Glenwood, Endeavour, Harmony and Image Child Care Centers in Vancouver.

Media is invited to come chalk with the kids at:
* Illahee Elementary, 19401 SE 1st St, Camas, WA 98607 -- 10 am to 11 am
* Glenwood Primary School, 9716 NE 134th St, Vancouver, WA 98662 -- 11 am to noon

It makes people smile and infuses the world with positivity. We could use more of that. By involving children in positive community projects at an early age, we're growing a generation of involved citizens who will make the world a better place for years to come.

Southwest Washington Child Care Consortium (SWCCC) operates 29 centers in Clark County serving 2,000 children and 2,800 parents utilizing more than 200 employees. SWCCC is a program of Educational Service District 112.

ESD 112 enables school districts to concentrate more time, money and energy on student learning.  Headquartered in Vancouver, ESD 112 provides local and regional cooperative programs and services to school districts and communities in the six counties of Southwest Washington. ESD 112 was established by the Legislature in 1969 as one of nine regional educational service centers to work in partnership with local communities and school districts to provide support services for student instruction, professional development for staff, and technical assistance in the administration of schools. The agency offers more than 250 cooperatives and services ranging from interactive telecommunications to the child care network.  There are 30 public schools, 23 private schools and two state schools serving 100,000 students and 15,000 school employees who benefit from ESD services.

From bus drivers to teachers - joint career fair reflects abundance of job opportunities in education - 07/28/16

One-stop opportunity to get hired!

In response to the shortage of educational professionals in Washington state, ESD 112 and 11 local districts are partnering in a "Take Root" in Southwest Washington Job Fair on August 2.

The event, which is set for 3-7:00 p.m. August 2 at ESD 112, 2500 NE 65th Avenue, Vancouver, is for anyone wanting to grow a career in education. ESD 112 and participating school districts are looking for people interested in making a difference in the lives of children. Openings include teachers, paraeducators, substitute teachers, bus drivers, school nurses, school psychologists, occupational therapists and speech and language pathologists.

Representatives from school districts and ESD 112 will be on hand to share information and assist potential employees in preparing to work in a school setting. Staff will answer questions about certification and other requirements and offer on-site fingerprinting services. "The fair offers a one-stop opportunity for potential employees to take the next step in their career in education," said Assistant Human Resources Director Melissa Kreuder.

Participating districts and organizations include Battle Ground Public Schools, Camas School District, Castle Rock School District, Children Northwest, Educational Service District 112, Kalama School District, La Center Public Schools, Longview Public Schools, Ridgefield School District, Vancouver Public Schools, Washougal School District, White Salmon Valley School District, and Woodland Public Schools.

This is the third Take Root Job Fair held in partnership with regional school districts. Past fairs have seen applicants hired on the spot to begin or grow their career in education.

Attached Media Files: JobFairAug2016.pdf