Portland School Notebook: June 19

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Portland Fulbright recipient heads to Ukraine

Washington and Lee University graduate Isaac Webb, of Portland, earned a Fulbright research and study grant to the Ukraine for his project “Disability and Invisibility: Human Rights for the Handicapped in Soviet Ukraine from Brezhnev to Gorbachev.”

A history and Russian-area studies double major at Washington and Lee in Lexington, Va., Webb will review Ukrainian records, mostly in Kiev, including the Central State Archive of the Highest Organs of Government and Administration of Ukraine. He will research the agencies of health care, insurance, social welfare and education to understand how the Soviet government handled the problem of disability in Ukraine.

The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

McAuley students embrace sustainability projects

Several projects are underway at Catherine McAuley High School to improve environmental sustainability.

McAuley physics and environmental science students have built a bicycle-powered milkshake and smoothie maker. This was part of a greater project, funding a water bottle filling station to reduce the amount of plastic waste in the school. Milkshakes and smoothies will be sold for the remainder of the school year – and next fall – with the goal of purchasing the water station then.

Additionally, three apple trees will be planted on school grounds to enhance the student nutrition and teach responsibility for the maintenance and care of trees.

Finally, a compost bin was added to the school’s cafeteria, the product from which will be turned into fertilizer for apple trees at the home of McAuley history teacher Joe Wagner. McAuley students will work with Wagner to produce and sell cider in the fall, with proceeds benefiting the Keep Me Warm fuel assistance program.