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Congratulations to the 2019 La Center Real Hero Honorees

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Congratulations to Rebecca Morris and Eric Stenberg for being recognized by the Land Here, Live Here, Learn Here Organization as a 2019 Real Hero!

REBECCA MORRIS
Imagine a school where cafeteria workers serve produce and perennial herbs grown in a student-created and cultivated garden on district land. Imagine a course where classmates work in their local watershed at least six times a month to learn about water quality testing and to be active environmental stewards. Or even a class that leads students in salmon restoration along the East Fork of the Lewis River. Imagine a curriculum where high school students learn by teaching younger peers in their district’s elementary school. Making these imaginings reality is La Center High School teacher Rebecca Morris. Rebecca comes from a long lineage of area educators – her grandparents both taught in Yacolt, her father in Evergreen schools. Rebecca now carries that family pride combining it with a passion for environmental studies. Recently, Rebecca led her high school to become the first public school in Washington to be a double-platinum Washington Green School – indicating success in six environmental categories through the statewide program. Last spring, she earned the 2019 Clark County Green Apple Award for her work engaging learners in their natural environment. Thank you, Rebecca, for sharing your passion with the community and cultivating the next generation of environmentally conscious students.

ERIC STENBERG
Eric Stenberg is the kind of volunteer every drama director dreams of. He’s kind, skilled, thoughtful and flexible, and he’s become an invaluable part of the theater department at La Center High School. Eric designs, builds, scavenges, hauls and troubleshoots as the school’s students and staff navigate their way through new productions. He devotes countless hours and late nights to ensure La Center students have the best theater experience possible. His ability to work through a problem and handle all curveballs is what sets him apart as a valued member of their team. Building an entire thrust stage wasn’t a problem and making a twelve-foot crocodile come to life didn’t stump him either so at this point, La Center leadership are convinced there’s nothing he can’t do. Eric, thank you for setting the stage for La Center students to thrive.

The Learn Here Project showcases our quality educational system and honors exemplary staff and volunteers, with cooperation from area educational institutions. The project is supported by Real Living, The Real Estate Group, Northwest Capital Mortgage and the Port of Vancouver USA. It is part of the Land Here, Live Here business growth initiative created and coordinated by the non-profit business leaders’ group Identity Clark County. More information is available from Identity Clark County at www.iccbusiness.org.

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