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VPS Children's Culture Parade
VPS Children's Culture Parade
VPS 3rd Graders Celebrate Their Heritage in Annual Children's Culture Parade (Photo) - 05/13/24

For the First Time, Every Vancouver Public School 3rd Grade Class Invited to Participate

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May 13th, 2024 - Vancouver, WA -  Third grade classes from around Vancouver Public Schools marched through the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site for the annual Children’s Cultural Parade.  For the first time, every third grade class had the option to participate in the parade this year.

The parade route started at the Pearson Air Museum and wound through the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, ending at Fort Vancouver.  Students wore signs that celebrated their families’ cultural heritage, while marching bands from Discovery Middle School and Columbia River High School provided the soundtrack to the parade.  Once they arrived at the fort, community leaders welcomed students with speeches.

In advance of the parade, teachers were provided 4-5 lessons plus a project to allow students to explore and express their family history.  The idea is to provide students with the chance to learn more about themselves, and to share their culture with their classmates to further understanding of one another.

Although the Children’s Culture Parade has a long history in Vancouver, this is the first time Vancouver Public Schools has been the sole participant, which allowed for more VPS students to join.


This video news release includes b-roll and interview footage for broadcast use. 

Students With Special Needs Get Free Bike Lessons in Cross-District Event - 05/03/24

Students With Special Needs Get Free Bike Lessons in Cross-District Event

Transition Program Students Make Friends and Learn Valuable Life Skills


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May 4th, 2024 - Vancouver, WA -  In a first-of-its-kind event, students from seven schools across multiple districts in southwest Washington gathered at Bagley Park in Vancouver to try out bicycles with adaptive features and learn bike safety.  The students attend their districts’ transition programs which allow special needs students to remain in school until they turn 21.  

Outdoors for All (, a non-profit organization based in Seattle, brought a trailer full of three-wheel adaptive bikes to Vancouver for the event.  For many students, this was their first time on a bicycle.  The goal was to teach students life skills and demonstrate the value of outdoor recreation.  Outdoors for All set up a course in the parking lot for students to pedal around, and offered as much help as students needed to get going.

Approximately 100 students from the Vancouver, Evergreen, Camas, Washougal, and Stevenson school districts participated.  

In Vancouver Public Schools, the Gateway to Adult Transition Education (GATE) House and the GATE Annex ( teach skills for everyday living and skills to be productive in the workplace.

Outdoors for All is a non-profit whose mission statement is “To enrich the quality of life for children and adults with disabilities through outdoor recreation.”  In addition to cycling, they offer other outdoor activities for people of all abilities.


This video news release includes b-roll and interview footage for broadcast use. 

Soundbite names, titles, and visual identifiers:

  • Madeline, Camas Student (wearing a helmet)
  • Hailey, GATE Student (not wearing a helmet)
  • Megan Bullard, Program Coordinator, Outdoors for All