Andy Tullis / The Bulletin Bend Firefighter Alex McClaran talks to a group of boys at J Bar J Boys Ranch during a speech last week where he talked about his troubled past and how cycling helped him move beyond it. ?I haven?t forgot who I was when I was 17,? he said. ?You own it, you draw a line and you move on. Thank goodness I had bikes and I didn?t know it at the time, but this little platform that you sit on helped me move on.?
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Tests show safe water at district schools
Jarod Opperman / The Bulletin file photo Max Arellano fills his water bottle early this year at Bend High School. Testing of drinking water throughout Bend-La Pine Schools this month turned up no unsafe levels of lead.
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Report: 7 new schools needed
Andy Tullis / The Bulletin Silver Rail Elementary School in southeast Bend is one of two schools that opened in the Bend-La Pine District last fall. The district is looking at its future needs for schools and would have to open seven news schools over the next 20 years to keep up with enrollment, according to a district committee.
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Girls get firsthand look at natural resources careers
Ryan Brennecke / The Bulletin Madison Hill, 17, spreads seeds in a sandy area as fellow participants of the Young Women?s Natural Resources Career Camp use branches to cover them up while participating in a restoration project of Soda Creek on Tuesday. The camp aims to expose high school age girls from across Central Oregon to career options in the natural resources field.
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Fifth-graders say goodbye and look ahead as school lets out
Andy Tullis / The Bulletin Fifth graders, Cesar Medellin, center, and Gracie Gardner, right, both 11-year-old fifth graders, enjoy their end of school celebration in the gym at Elk Meadow Elementary School.
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A particularly poignant graduation ceremony
Andy Tullis / The Bulletin Receiving a GED, Viridi Ana, 18, center, smiles before walking into their COIC graduation ceremony with her classmates at Aspen Hall in Shevlin Park in Bend on Thursday.
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One year in, charter school is planning to expand
Andy Tullis / The Bulletin First-grade teacher Susie Wittwer, top left, talks to students at Bend International School on Wednesday. The school opened in the fall with 134 students, will go up to 166 students come fall, and already has a waitlist.
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Board hears from IP 28 supporters
Andy Tullis / Bulletin file photo Students at Summit High School. The Bend-La Pine School Board has been listening to opponents and backers of IP 28, a corporate tax hike that would go, in part, to fund education in Oregon. The board is considering taking a stand on the proposal, which is on the November ballot.
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It's never too early to learn about nature
Ryan Brennecke / The Bulletin Nala Strubhar, a kindergartner at Pine Ridge Elementary School, works her with mother, Michelle Strubhar, on building a fort out of sticks at Skyliners Lodge on Friday. The schoolís kindergartners took monthly visit this school year to the forest surrounding the lodge.