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t Chester Progressive, Westwood PinePress Wednesday, March 12, 2014 13A Plumas Charter School hosts food, clothing drive M. Kate West The PCS high school Staff Writer chesternews@plu Springtime is on its way to the Lake Almanor Basin. Once again, Plumas Charter School student Blue Balcita is organizing a food and clothing drive. Last year, Balcita and supporting PCS students held two very successful drives. This event will be held Monday, March 17, and again Wednesday, March 19, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. students will be waiting outside of the school to collect community donations. The school has relocated and is now at 681 Main St., Suite A in the Slusher Plumbing building. All received clothing and food items will be donated to the Almanor Basin Community Resource Center. Items of clothing need to be in new or near-new condition. Food donations need to be canned or boxed and not past their expiration date. Shindig tickets on sale Samantha P. Hawthorne Staff Writer shawthorne@plu A traditional Chinese feast surrounded by festive Asian dcor has been the cornerstone of fundraising efforts for the Indian Valley Community Center in Greenville and continues to be so for another year. Hosted annually by the Indian Valley Recreation and Parks District at the community center, the annual Shanghai Shindig is returning for another year March 22. Fine Chinese cuisine provided by The Happy Garden in Chester will be served starting at 6 p.m. Tickets are only available in advance and cost $30 each. Dinner tickets will not be sold at the door. Included with dinner is admittance into the 7 p.m. talent show. Tickets are available at Sterling Sage and Lupines in Greenville, as well as on the district's website at Local acts have been preparing for the show for several months and after the show, the audience members will have the chance to vote for their favorite. Votes cost $1 each. Tick he show only can be purchased separately for $10 at the door. The fundraising event started in 2003 with the idea of raising money to help build the community center. Between admission and auction bids, $10,000 was collected the first year. The event allowed community members to mingle with friends while immersing themselves in the Chinese culture. Some guests even dressed in traditional Asian garb. After the first successful year, beloved community member Marty Shower took over as the event organizer until her tragic death in 2010. "She was a caterer and chef at heart and knew how to create a party and do it right," said this year's organizer, Dave Zappa. Each year she ran the event $10,000 - $15,000 was raised to help complete the community center project. It wasn't until after her passing that the building was completed. It was dedicated in her honor. Since her death, Zappa said other organizers have yet to match the amount of money raised when Shower organized the event. "Even though it has toned down, the talent show directed by Marsha Roby and the dinner provided by Happy Garden have continued to create happiness and joy, laughter and good times." In addition to providing funds to pay offcontmunity .L center loans and continue building plans, the fundraiser helps finance the unfunded Indian Valley Recreation and Parks District. For more information about the district and its activities visit Miracle-Ear , ,I,,,!,,/tl7, ''/'lt!Ii'' i;'!' ............. '' #74/,/,/,I LASSEN PC 888.649.2880 ON-SITE COMPUTER REPAIR NEW (OHPUTER? 55 NORTH UNION ST, SUITE O FIB US m FA(EgOOK UD AT LASSENP(.(oM Plumas Unified School District updated its Emergency Action Plan (EAP) at the Board Meeting on Feb. 13. One change to the EAP is the adoption of the ALICE model to respond to an armed intruder. Superintendent Miglis identified me as a leader in this area and I have completed the requisite training to be certified to train others in our District and County schools. Although I sincerely hope never to have an armed intruder on campus, having a school community trained on how to respond appropriately is no different than having fire drills and hoping never to need to evacuate be-cause of an actual fire. ALICE is a program with five components: Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, & Evacuate. These components are not step-by-step and should not be thought of as a sequential process. Instead, the components are individual sets of skills which all of our staff and school community are going to be trained in, which will allow us to provide a safer learning environment for all of our children. Alert is the notification of local law enforcement and first responders that there is an emergency situation. The most basic step for the Alert is to call 911. Chester Junior/Senior High School has also recently ordered radios which will allow us to communicate directly with the Plumas County Sheriffs Department to improve our ability to Alert them to an incident. Lockdown is very similar to the drills which schools have adopted nationwide. Under the new EAP, our school lockdown now will include the barricading of classroom doors and the silencing of mobile devices. Staff should then prepare to Evacuate or Counter if needed. Inform means to communicate with the school community about what is happening. All information will be provided in clear and direct language and will provide as much detail as possible so that staff can make decisions about whether it is better Lockdown, Counter, or Evacuate. Counter means to do whatever steps are necessary to prevent an intruder from being able to complete his/her plans and should be considered a last resort. Movement, shouting, and throwing objects are all examples of Counter strategies. Evacuate means to leave the area by any means possible. The staff at Chester Junior/Senior High School was recently pro-vided an overview of the ALICE pro-gram and will be receiving more in-depth training as we continue the school year. One component of the safety plan implemented this week includes the locking of classroom doors during instructional time. Teachers are allowed to have their doors open while in the locked position, but they will be able to close their doors and implement a Lockdown without needing to worry about keys and using fme motor skills in a stressful situation. As we continue to roll out the updates to our EAP, I will keep you informed of our progress. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. 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