Sherman County eNews #324


  1. Sherman County School District Cancelled School & Basketball Games, for Friday, Dec. 9

  2. Winter Reading, Christmas Giving: Rivers of Oregon

  3. Uniquely Valuable

1. Sherman County School District Cancelled School & Basketball Games, for Friday, Dec. 9

Logo.Sherman High SchoolSherman County School District Superintendent Wes Owens announced that the district cancelled school and all basketball games for Friday, December 9th, saying, “As always, our top priority is the safety of our students and staff.”



2. Winter Reading, Christmas Giving: Rivers of Oregon

~ Eugene

Rivers of Oregon by Tim Palmer. Oregon State University Press, $40.

For the perfect coffee table book, check out Tim Palmer’s collection of images depicting scenic Oregon rivers. It’s a must-see for every Oregon nature-lover. Split into geographical sections, the book’s pages offer splashes of vivid green, peaceful blue and stormy gray on glossy, colorful pages.

Palmer describes Oregon’s rivers with the tone of a river guide, providing geological and historical details. He takes on the role of narrator in a mossy journey down windy waterways and surging rapids. Only a few minutes into the book, I felt myself pulled into its misty atmosphere, that magical fairyland feeling you get when standing in the mystical silence of the Oregon wilderness.

While nothing compares to the real thing, Palmer’s book and his magnificent pictures are a close second. — Amy Klarup

3.  Uniquely Valuable

What happens to us when the culture in which we grow up doesn’t value our personal attributes?

A fair amount, if not most, of our feelings of self-worth or self-esteem have to do with the messages we get from our culture. Some of those messages are overt and up front. We know without question that, currently, our culture values affluence, power, efficacy, youthfulness and health. So can you imagine how it might feel to be poor, relatively powerless, or chronically ill or disabled in this society – or for that matter in any way that society sees as different or not like the majority?

Some messages are subtle. We say we value diversity, children, old people, etc., but our behavior often says something else. If movie stars and models are tall, beautiful and thin, and attract the demographic of males between the ages of 18 and 35, what message does it send us about anyone who does not fit that mold?

If the kids in school laugh at us because of our accent or clothes, or the work our parents do for a living, what do we learn about our value? It’s terribly important that all children feel proud of who they are and the talents they possess, and value their very uniqueness in the world.

Sometimes all it takes is one concerned teacher, parent or other adult who cares enough to take the time to set the record straight in a child’s mind. Every child needs to know that what supposedly is and is not valuable, according to magazines and “reality” shows, really depends on some pretty arbitrary things.

They need to know that they are loved, prized, and capable of rising above stereotypes to be uniquely valuable human beings. In the end, we rise to our own, and to each other’s, expectations – or we fall to them. ~ The Pacific Institute