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Students Selected for Special Recognition
Students Selected for Special Recognition
Battle Ground Mayor Recognizes Youth Art (Photo) - 05/14/18

Since mid-April, visitors to Battle Ground City Hall have been treated to a showcase of bright and beautiful new artwork.  The featured artists are 2nd grade students at Tukes Valley Primary School.

As part of the 2nd grade curriculum, students learn about civics and how communities work.  Each year they visit the Battle Ground police and fire stations and Battle Ground City Hall where they participate in an interactive program, role playing as city council, city staff, and citizens, to learn about city government and services. 

This year, Battle Ground Mayor Mike Dalesandro invited the students to submit art, based on what they are learning, to be displayed at city offices.  Using the theme of Community Helpers, students of all six 2nd grade classrooms worked to create individual pieces of art depicting a community helper.   

One cannot help but smile in amazement at the students work and the diversity of the community helpers they chose to depict.  While there are several police officers, firefighters, teachers, doctors and veterinarians depicted, there are also military personnel, plumbers, bus drivers, inventors, accountants, garbage collectors, moms, construction workers, farmers and others too numerous to list.   The students clearly understand it takes many helpers to make a community.

The Battle Ground Art Alliance also participated in the project, selecting one submission from each of 2nd grade class for special recognition.  At the May 7th City Council meeting, Mayor Dalesandro recognized all of the students for their work and presented the six students, whose work was selected by the Art Alliance, with a special certificate of recognition.  The students (as pictured from left to right with Mayor Dalesandro and Battle Ground Art Alliance President Dotty Yackle-Kay) are:

  • Celia Cavens
    • Community Helper: Nurse
    • Teacher: Ms. Brandt
  • Karson Win’E
    • Community Helper: Factory Worker
    • Teacher: Ms. Tytler
  • Ella Antonov
    • Community Helper:  Veterinarian
    • Teacher: Ms. Verpooten
  • Stella Potter
    • Community Helper: Teacher
    • Teacher: Ms. DeLuca
  • Lincoln Toland
    • Community Helper: Firefighter
    • Teacher:  Ms. Lockwood
  • Tim Didyk
    • Community Helper: Mayor
    • Teacher: Ms. Cleaver

The project, a partnership between the City of Battle Ground, Tukes Valley Primary School, and the Battle Ground Art Alliance, recognizes and celebrates Battle Ground’s youth, their and creativity and insight, and the community helpers who are depicted in their artwork.  The student’s work will remain on display at Battle Ground City Hall, the police and fire stations and the Battle Ground Community Center through mid-June.

Police Chief Bob Richardson & Fire Chief Scott Sorenson
Police Chief Bob Richardson & Fire Chief Scott Sorenson
Emergency Preparedness the Focus of Battle Ground's Coffee with the Chiefs (Photo) - 05/01/18

Battle Ground, WA - Battle Ground Police Chief Bob Richardson and Fire District 3 Chief Scott Sorenson understand the importance of emergency preparedness.  They will focus on the topic at the next Coffee with the Chiefs open house scheduled for Thursday, May 10 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm at the Battle Ground Police and Fire Stations located at 505 and 507 SW 1st Street in Battle Ground. 

The police and fire departments’ ongoing training and access to essential equipment and resources prepares them well to respond to emergencies.  In a large-scale regional disaster, however, emergency resources will focus on and prioritize life safety and other city and community services will be overwhelmed.   Residents will have to rely on themselves and those around them to get through the first few days, if not longer.

“We want to emphasize the importance of emergency preparedness for you and your families,” said Chiefs Richardson and Sorenson in a letter to the community,  “During a large-scale disaster, it will take at least 72 hours for resources from local, state and federal resources to mobilize and respond.” 

The scope of the disaster, noted the Chiefs, will dictate how long it will take to provide services to residents - services that are often taken for granted such as water, sewer, and electricity.   In addition to the impact on utilities, retail supply chains will be impacted and there is a potential for a shortage of food, medical supplies, and drinking water.

No one expects a typical day will turn to disaster, but that is the nature of earthquakes, tornadoes, fires, and other natural, and sometimes man-made disasters.  It is important to be prepared.    

The Coffee with the Chiefs open house, in collaboration with Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA), will focus on emergency preparedness and response.  Attendees will learn how to best prepare their homes and families for emergencies and disasters; how to receive official alerts and notifications; and about the plans and processes the city and CRESA use for preparing, responding to, and recovering from disasters.   The open house will also include a tour of the Police and Fire Stations, and the city’s Emergency Operations Center.   All ages are welcome and encouraged to attend.