Omaha Schools Moving In Right Direction

The new plan in Omaha, Nebraska to break up the schools that will lead to a semi-segregation( though not nearly as much as opponents pretend) is not shocking and should be followed by the rest of the nation. The plan would create about three or four districts resulting in majority-status for a particular racial group. State Senator Ernie Chambers, whom is the only black person in the senate, says such a plan would allow blacks to have real power over their children’s education. The bill passed and was signed by the governor but will not be enacted for a couple of years. Of course, the howling starts and legal action will follow. In other words, an urge for the same which means garbage.

The Omaha school system is very diverse to begin with. White kids make up a little less than half of all students. Courts no longer call for integration remedies and “neighborhood schooling” is the common wisdom.
Chambers and others say blacks are not doing well under the current system and he simply wants the proposed school districts to reflect housing patterns. Those people living in racially-mixed neighborhoods would attend the designated school zone. Nobody is being plucked out of an area because they represent a certain race.

As usual, the cries of the system “turning back the clock” or lacking its commitment to civil-rights come out. What else is new? What they ignore-often intentionally-is the public schools of this country, never-mind just Omaha, have been long segregated despite massive amounts of money and every attempt to force a racial balance. The reality is this: Whites do not go to public schools once the non-white students hit a certain percentage. It happens in city after city.

The National Center for Education Statistics put out an incredible guide showing just how non-integrated the public schools are in this nation. For example, in New York City, white students comprise only 15% of all students. In Los Angeles, a whopping 9%. Dallas-6%. Detroit-3%. Washington DC-4%. Chicago-9%. You get the picture… almost shockingly. These pitiful numbers occurred AFTER years and years of attempting to integrate. The truth is integration was more successful simply using neighborhood schooling-the plan Omaha has in place now.

Nearly every city in this country should be trying ways to keep white students in the system instead of letting them flee to private schools or suburban ones. The Omaha plan will do just that while giving neighborhoods real power over their kids’ education for all races.

Until people come to the obvious conclusion that racial bussing and forced integration have been a disaster, there will only be more segregation. Simple neighborhood schooling would allow more of a racial balance and not force whites out of the system.

Also, the implication is black and hispanic students simply “can’t do it” without being around white kids. They have to be put on a bus or train so they can sit next to the “magical” white kids who will help them learn. No. If anything, it is totally insulting. The Omaha plan shows just that and relies less on race and more on real control of a system. Way to go.

4 Ways Students Can Prepare for Those First School Trips

Younger students in particular may be daunted by the fledgling school excursion abroad. That first time that a student steps off the plane, bus, or train (which may well be the first time they have spent a significant period away from their parents or guardians), in a foreign land will provoke wide-eyed curiosity, a rush of excited chattering, but also a cautious wondering about what might happen next.

Students, parents and teachers can work together to prepare novices to enjoy and engage with their first excursion experience. A little preparation will go a long way towards assuring students that their first time will only make them keen to pursue more educational tours in the future

Be aware of your weaknesses

First, students on initial school trips need to understand exactly what might cause them strife when they leave the safety of their classroom and home. For example, some students have medical conditions that require forms of regular treatment, such as asthma or diabetes, while other students simply have common phobias or causes of stress that could erupt when in an unfamiliar environment. With proper awareness of these potentially limiting factors, students can make sure they avoid stress, fear, or medical trauma, which could occur simply because they are outside their comfort zones and daily routines.

Bring only what you need

It can be a little daunting to decide what to bring on school trips. This is even more troubling to students who have never been on one before. Whether the student is going to the heat of the Mediterranean, the museums and galleries of Paris or the cold of Northern Europe, it is important to bring the appropriate clothing, gear and accessories – much of which students may take for granted when they are at school or home. Forgetting these, or packing unnecessary items, can leave students short when they need something vital, or even mean they lose something valuable they did not need to bring.

Trust your teachers

On school trips, the authority figure is the same as that of the classroom: the teacher. Yet, as those about to embark on their first excursion may not be aware, the role of the teacher suddenly seems different when students are walking in a group through the streets of Athens, around a Spanish village or in a museum in Washington, DC. It can be tempting to try to avoid or even subvert the authority of the teacher in this context, but it is vital for students to trust and listen to their teachers to make sure that the tour runs smoothly.

Share with your friends

Ultimately, students on the first of their potentially numerous school trips need to have fun. It is a great opportunity to bond and enjoy time with their peers. A great way to make sure this fun is stress free is to ensure students look out for one another, report any issues and realise that the best way fun can be had is within a safe context.

Using The Simpsons to Enhance Literature at Every Grade Level in High School

Even though Homer, Marge and their three children have remained the same age as when the series began, “The Simpsons” just had its twentieth birthday. Its television debut happened on Dec 17, 1989, and no one dreamed then what a hit the show would remain for the next two and a half decades.

I began my high school teaching career just few years before Homer and his family appeared for the first time, but I refused to watch the show until it was halfway through its first season. The teenagers I had in class were buzzing about the show, so I assumed it was just a vulgar flash in the pan.

To prove to the adolescents that “The Simpsons” was certainly not destined to be a classic, I decided to watch an episode. As “Homer’s Night Out” filled my TV screen, I found myself admiring the show’s approach and its original humor.

One year later I was completely hooked on the series, and I have even found it a great educational tool in my Language Arts classroom. Here are ten episodes that can be shown to students to enhance the themes of literature studied in high school classrooms.

“Bart Sells His Soul”

I used this episode from season seven at several different grade levels to complement works about deals with the devil. My juniors read Washington Irving’s story “The a Devil and Tom Walker” while my sophomores read Stephen Vincent Benet’s play “The Devil and Daniel Webster.”

“Lisa the Skeptic”

This classic from season nine can be teamed with The Iliad, when Cassandra questions the acceptance of the Trojan horse. The episode works even better with the short story “A Very Old Man with enormous Wings.”

“Homer’s Odyssey”

Obviously from the title the plot from this season one gem is a take on some of the events from the blind Greek poet’s epic about the Trojan War, a work most freshmen throughout the country are required to study. The Sirens Homer Simpson encounters are the frightening images of his sisters-in-law and, when Circe turns his men into pigs, Homer eats them.

“Das Bus”

The bus from Springfield Elementary crashes in season nine, leaving Bart, Nelson, and all the other kids stranded on an uninhabited island. Although the entire show references the sophomore-level novel Lord of the Flies, the best scene is when the bully boys use Milhouse’s glasses to start a fire similar to the one Jack created by Piggy’s glasses in the book.

“The War of the Simpsons”

Any literary work about choosing between girls and dreams can be supplemented by this show from season two, where Homer blows off his marriage retreat to catch the legendary fish. It is a perfect fit for the freshman short story “The Bass, the River and Sheila Mant” but I also used it with “Araby” by James Joyce in a Brit Lit senior class.

“Million Dollar Maybe”

Homer wins the lottery but soon after runs into trouble, making this season 21 episode a good companion piece for “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson in junior level American Lit or for “The Pardoner’s Tale” when seniors read Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales.

“Treehouse of Horror XVI”

In season 17 of the Halloween specials the writers parody “The Most Dangerous Game,” required reading for nearly every freshman in the U.S. Mr. Burns is the General Zaroff-like character who hunts his fellow human beings for sport.

“Treehouse of Horror I”

Edgar Allan Poe’s Classic poem “The Raven” is recited verbatim by Homer and Bart, whose face appears with the body of the ominous bird in the title.

“At Long Last Leave”

Surprisingly, it took until season 23 before the town finally exiled the Simpsons from Springfield, providing a lighter side of the theme of the novel Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe.

“Tales from the Public Domain”

A three segment episode during season 13 features Shakespeare’s Hamlet in one of its parodies. Bart, much like the speaker of “To be or not to be,” tries to avenge his father’s death from the hands of his new stepfather Moe.

Schools Complain About the Lack of Budget Monies But Then Start School at a Bad Time

Okay so, it’s that time again, back to school, and just like any year 2012 is no different, however maybe it should be? Let’s talk.

The other day, I was at Starbucks and I was talking to a mother who was busy shuttling her kids around to school. She had brought them into the air-conditioning at Starbucks for a treat, and she noted to me that she has children in two different school districts, and one private school – a private high school, prep school for super smart students on their way to Ivy League schools. Basically, mom was the official school bus for her kids, and she laughed when I told her that, and admitted it was so.

Incidentally, this time of year in our Valley it is about 106 degrees Fahrenheit. We talked a little bit about how ridiculous it was to start school this month due to the high temperatures out here during the summer. She definitely agreed. Indeed, it seems as if the schools are complaining about a lack of budget money, and the school districts around here, well they’ve been laying-off teachers at a record rate to save on funds. They’ve even been laying-off teachers which as much as 13 years seniority, so you know things are bad.

What I don’t understand is why the schools are complaining about a lack of budget money, but starting schools when they have to run their air conditioners at nearly full blast. It takes money to run air-conditioning systems, and also takes a lot of money to run the diesel school buses when oil prices are around a $100 per barrel. At a time when our Valley is worried about rolling blackouts due to the unfortunate energy policy for California, it seems as if those in charge are unable to make a change.

If those who are running the administration of our school district, those in the California Board of Education, and those in Washington do not allow the local communities to govern their own affairs with regards to education, then there is no way they could ever run efficiently. In other parts of the country it may make sense to start school earlier because they will have heating costs in the wintertime, this would allow them to take a longer Christmas break.

The mother told me that the reason they started early was so they could get all of the information to the students in time for their standardized testing. This is exactly what happens when you have centralized control without regard to regional variation. I would submit to you that not only is this a problem with our education system, and the unfortunate costs incurred, but this centralized theory of management is also affecting our government at the state and federal levels. No wonder they are in debt. Please consider all this and think on it.

Schools Must Be Kept Clean – Our Children’s Life Depends on It

The MRSA (Methicillian-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) virus has found its way into our children’s schools. Health Experts say that your child is 100% going to contract a cold, virus, or even a disease at some time during their school years. With budget cuts in schools, and fewer funds for teachers aids and cuts on janitorial costs, we have a severe crisis brewing, one which few people are addressing. Although a few concerned parents have taken their concerns all the way to Washington DC!

The MRSA virus is much more serious for children and it can cause death, so these are some very serious issues. There have been many cases where teachers have contracted MRSA and died later from the schools they work in. Is this a call to take your child out of school for a home-schooling regime? Some believe so, especially if your child’s school does not have an advanced cleaning strategy to prevent this.

Deep cleaning and careful control is the only way to mitigate the risks of MRSA and right now more people die from it than those who are dying of AIDS in the US. It is easy to contract MRSA, just like any other bacteria or virus, unfortunately, since it is by definition resistant to antibiotics, it’s 100 times more serious.

To prevent it and keep it from spreading surfaces that are touched by many students must be thoroughly cleaned and often. Consider if you will desks, handrails, door knobs, soap bars, light switches, handles, sports equipment, school bus seats, cafeteria tables, or even other students. Scared yet? Well, so am I and I thought you should know.

Please, look into this in your school, join a committee to oversee and suggest ways to make sure that the janitorial teams are doing their jobs and the school your child goes too is clean. Think on this.

Sammamish Homes for Sale – Discovering the Schools and Transport Means in Sammamish, Washington

If you will head to the eastside region of Seattle in the King County of Washington, USA, it would be ideal that you head to one of its suburbs, Sammamish where many Sammamish homes for sale and Sammamish real estate properties are found. Incorporated in the year 1999, Sammamish serves as home to 34, 104 people way back in 2000 and grew at 42, 336 based on the census of 2009.

If you are part of the population of individuals planning to move to Sammamish, it would be worth your time to find out about the schools and public transport means available in this part of Washington. If you have a family or planning to start a family when you move here, looking into this aspect is one of the most important considerations that you should not overlook.

Sammamish is served by two school districts:

• Lake Washington School District (LWSD) serving the northern area of Sammamish and the 5th largest school district in the state of Washington.

Elementary Schools

1. McAuliffe Elementary
2. Mead Elementary
3. Carson Elementary
4. Smith Elementary
5. Blackwell Elementary

High School

1. Inglewood Junior High and Eastlake HS

• Issaquah School District (ISD) that serves the southern area of Sammamish. This school district consists of elementary schools, middle schools, Skyline HS and the Pacific Cascade Freshman Campus, which is the 2nd freshman campus in the state of Washington. However, during the school year 2010-2011, the name was changed into Pacific Cascade Middle School.

As you go over Sammamish MLS, for sure you would care to spare enough time to find out more about these schools so as for you to have a broader idea on which among these learning institutions can provide the quality standard of education you want your child to benefit from.

Learning about the public transportation available is another important factor that you should pay attention to if you are really planning to move in this wonderful community.

To begin with, quality service is provided by Sound Transit (Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority operating commuter rail, light rail and express bus services. It is also served by the King County Metro, which is a division of the King County Department of Transportation.

Along with these, there are 4 bus routes serving this eastside suburb of Seattle, Washington. These bus routes provide entry to other suburbs lying east of Seattle and Seattle altogether. These are routes 216, 269, 554 and 927. All of these aim to provide ease of transport in going to work or school and roaming around Sammamish. Knowing that there are many reliable means of transportation would provide even greater confidence for home buyers to invest in Sammamish homes for sale and entice them that living in this nice and pleasing community is the best gift that they can give to their family.

Washington DC Apartments By Neighborhoods

With hundreds of apartments in Washington DC, it can be hard to know where to start your search. You first need to decide on the area you would like to live in. There are many diverse neighborhoods throughout the Washington DC area that each offer unique entertainment, shopping, and restaurants. Each of these neighborhoods have apartments available for rent and they can range in price and amenities offered. Let’s take a look at the different neighborhoods and the cost of apartments available in each.

Capitol Hill

Capitol Hill is home to the United States Capitol, the Supreme Court Building, the House and Congress office buildings, and many more historical landmarks. Capitol Hill is also the oldest residential neighborhood in Washington DC. There are many old historic row houses and townhouses. With Capitol Hill being one of the most prestigious neighborhoods, apartments in Capitol Hill tend to be more expensive than other neighboring areas. Apartments range from $1100 to $2250 for a one bedroom apartment. Apartments in Capitol Hill are within close proximity to major highways, trains, and schools. You will find that most apartments offer on-site laundry, business centers, and high-speed internet.

Dupont Circle

Dupont Circle neighborhood surrounds the Dupont Circle and park. The area is home to many foreign embassies, historic homes, and fine museums. The Dupont Circle Park is a popular destination for political rallies and the neighborhood boasts a large gay population. Apartments in Dupont Circle range from $1200-$2000 for a one bedroom. Some apartments in Dupont Circle offer garage parking, sun decks, and swimming pools. Most apartments are within walking distance to the Metrorail and bus stops.

Cleveland Park

The neighborhood of Cleveland Park is located in Northwest Washington DC. The neighborhood is home to the historic Art Deco Uptown Theatre and many historic homes. The oldest home located in Cleveland Park was built in 1794. There are several apartment buildings available for rent that range from $1300 for a one bedroom to $2500 for a two bedroom. Many apartments overlook the beautiful Rock Creek Park and are in walking distance to the Cleveland Park Metro. Amenities include fitness centers, saunas, sun decks, and more.

Congress Heights

Congress Heights is located in Southeast Washington DC east of the Anacostia River. The neighborhood is hilly and the Capitol can be viewed from across the river. This neighborhood is mostly suburban with many apartments. Apartments in Congress Heights are more affordable than the previous mentioned neighborhoods. Apartments range from $750 for a one bedroom to $1000 for a two bedroom. Most apartments in Congress Heights are located within walking distance to the Congress Heights Metro and local bus stops.

These are just a few of the many neighborhoods located in Washington DC. Researching the neighborhoods will help you in your search for a Washington DC apartment. Each neighborhood is different and unique and the cost of apartments will range from neighborhood to neighborhood.

Joy Michelle is the Marketing Director for Rental Markets, Inc. which offers resources to people looking for apartments.

10 Steps to a Fun Filled Bus Trip

10 STEPS – HOW TO ORGANIZE A FUN FILLED BUS TRIP

1) DECIDE ON A PLACE TO GO
You want to go places people want to go to. A trip across town to the local Mall or Movie theater is not something people want to do on a Bus trip. Also a place with a high entrance fee is not always appealing, for example if the bus cost $30.00 and the venue cost $100.00 many may not be able to afford to this.

Some place like New York City, Washington D.C. or Baltimore, MD. Have many options and a trip On Your Own works well. Where as places like Annapolis, MD. Atlantic City, NJ., PA. Grand Canyon have less options and need to be more structured.

Generally speaking the more structured the higher the cost. Bottom line you need to know your people, Age, Interests and Physical abilities.

I once had a senior group on tour that had 5 or 6 places to tour, by the time we got to the last place most were so tired they didn’t even get off the bus, as a matter of fact they didn’t even want to stop for supper they were so tired. So this tour was too much for the age and physical ability.

2) PICK A DATE FOR YOUR BUS TRIP
Once you have a place or Destination you need to decide on a date. Sometimes this can be the hardest decision. Everyone gathers around checking their date books and seeing what works for everyone. This won’t happen, schedules are too busy. You need to pick a date making sure it is far enough in advance that plans can be made, announcements given and flyers prepared. Again know your group. If they are middle-aged with younger children, work and school have to be taken into consideration. Were as a Senior group is ready most any date or time of the week.

3) PICK A STARTING AND ENDING TIME
Once you know where your going and when you are going. Now what time are you going to start and end your trip. The families with younger school aged children need more time to get ready in the morning, some seniors are not ready to start their day at 5 AM and also many need a little more time to get ready. Starting your trip between 7 AM and 9 AM is a normal starting time. What ever time you decide you must make it FIRM.

As for an Ending time, again, know your people. Children need rest and those who have to work the next day also need their rest. Seniors usual tire earlier than others and most don’t like to drive late at night. Also you need to consider how long from your destination it will take to get home. If it is a 3 hour drive and you want to be home by 8PM you can’t leave for home at 7PM.

4) ESTABLISHING TRIP COST
The Bus has one set cost that can be divided by 47 the number of seats on the bus. This is simple division with the exception of the needs of others and or the addition of added personnel such as Tour guides or Host if applicable. Also if there are any admission cost, this also needs to be added to the trip cost. You also need to decide if meals are included or if that would be extra for everyone to provide for themselves

5) HAVE A CONTACT PERSON
Having a contact person or team is vital to the success of your trip. Don’t have more than 2 or 3 people in charge. The old adage To many cooks spoil the soup comes to mind. Make sure the contacts keep in communication with one another so everyone is on the same page. Knowing how many seats are sold, and who has or hasn’t paid. Also if the trip is sold out it is good to have a cancellation list just in case someone needs to back out or there is a sickness at the last moment.

6) ADVERTISING YOUR TRIP
Now that you have the elements of your trip, it is time to get people onboard. Advertising your trip doesn’t have to be expensive. If this is a social, school or church group, members can pass the word. Bulletin boards, Church handouts, School papers just to name a few. You can’t start to early even is the trip is 6 months away fill the trip (ASAP) as so as possible.

7) SIGN-UP, DEPOSITS AND PAYMENTS
Have a sign up sheet or Trip request form so you can track how many people are going and how many are needed. It is very important to keep the tally up to date so you know where you are at. It is wise to request a deposit when someone signs up to make sure the people are really interested, than have final payment due some time before the trip date, so there are no last minuet surprises the day of the trip. Tickets are not necessary but some people want tangible evidence that they have a seat reserved.

8) DURING THE BUS RIDE
For your people who are seasoned travelers this is redundant. But there are always new travelers who just don’t know. On our Bus trips we allow people to bring food and drinks onboard. Let your people know this, for kids it is extremely helpful and some people have medication and need to eat or drink with it. On every bus there are hot and cold spots. It is advisable to bring a sweater or small blanket also a pillow or an extra cushion can be helpful. Encourage your people to bring reading material, games, puzzles, etc. Also our bus is equipped with video both VHS and DVD feel free to bring some along. It is also acceptable to play game and have prizes this makes the ride go faster and it is more fun.

9) DAY OF TRIP
If there are admission tickets purchased DO NOT give them out until the day of the trip preferably on the bus while on your way to your destination. The reason for this advise is so no one has forgotten or lost their tickets prior to the trip. Lost of forgotten tickets are just that. The venues have prepared and sent the tickets. No ticket No admission.

10) EXTRA THOUGHTS
Everyone traveling should have someone at home, either a family member, neighbor or friend that knows where they are and what times they will be away. If they are going on an extended trip be sure to have your mail and papers picked up or delivers halted until your return.

Everyone or at least every group should have a cell phone. Even if you don’t have a cell phone plan go to Wal-Mart and purchase a disposable one for the duration of your trip. This is for emergencies or if you get separated from the group so you can contact your leader or they can contact you. It is very hard these days to find a pay phone or at least one that work.

Senior Class Trip Ideas For Washington DC, New York City and Atlanta

Class trips are usually focused around educational experiences. There is a different sort of trip that still has a learning purpose behind it: the senior class trip. The senior trip focuses on fun, togetherness, and creating memories that will last. After the trip and graduation, many seniors are off to college, the military, or beginning careers. For many high school seniors the class trip is one last chance to be together with their peer group for an adventure, and to celebrate the time they spent in high school.

When planning a senior class trip with any school, I always keep these objectives in mind. Together with class trip planners I strive to incorporate plenty of fun and memorable things to do which appeal to the high school senior. This article will outline three major destination cities: Washington D.C., New York City, and Atlanta, and suggest senior class trip itineraries that work well with this particular age group.

Washington D.C.: A Favorite Destination for Class Trips

When planning a senior class trip to Washington D.C. I still include the major destinations in D.C. such as a trip to the White House and Capitol and an illuminated tour of Washington D.C. To add excitement and fun, I usually suggest a trip to Six Flags America in Maryland, a short bus ride from Washington D.C. Evening activities may include a dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe, as most seniors enjoy music and the ambiance at the Hard Rock. Another evening activity that is sure to please high school seniors is a Potomac River dinner and dance cruise. This is a delightful way to spend an evening in the springtime, when most class trips occur, and it also adds romance to the trip. Another evening outing that is popular among high school seniors is a trip to a Medieval Times dinner theater. Period costuming, jousting matches, and medieval decor make this type of dinner a memorable event.

New York City: The Big Apple Delights High School Seniors

A sightseeing tour of Manhattan is a great way to begin a senior class trip to New York City. For those who want to include a theme park visit, Six Flags Great Adventure and Wild Safari in New Jersey is close, and is a popular choice. Seniors may also want to attend a Broadway show while visiting New York City. High School Musical is coming to Broadway and for obvious reasons it is a good choice for this age group. Another idea for evening entertainment is a theme dinner at Planet Hollywood. Dining among snapshots and film clips of Bruce Willis and Sylvester Stallone and other Hollywood greats is a thrilling way for high school seniors to spend the evening.

Atlanta: A Marvelous City for Fun in the Senior Year

Sometimes overshadowed by larger metropolitan areas such as New York City and Washington D.C., Atlanta, Georgia is an excellent choice for any senior class trip. Atlanta has a great deal to offer high school seniors. The theme park nearby, Six Flags Over Georgia has Batman: The Ride a rollercoaster that recreates Gotham City and Batman’s underground dwelling. There is also a Medieval Times dinner theater near Atlanta for evening entertainment and dining. Students interested in Civil Rights and black history may want to take the Martin Luther King tour. Another exciting activity for senior class trips to Atlanta is a visit to the ESPN Zone. Students can eat supper here and play virtual basketball, skiing, racecar driving, or select from other activities.

When I assist any student travel group in planning a trip to any major destination, I always like to present options. Educational Travel Consultants is committed to working within budget guidelines while still creating the highest quality student trip possible. If your student travel group is planning a senior class trip this year, remember to keep it lighthearted and fun and incorporate tours and other activities that make that particular destination a unique learning experience, too.

Vancouver, Washington – Aiming For a Bright Future

A colorful past, a bright future is this city’s motto that its residents try to live up every day. Known as The Cove, Vancouver is the home for 163,183 people. It is one of the largest cities in the State and is part of the metropolitan area of Portland-Vancouver. It is in the Western part of Washington with an area of 119.5km or 46.1 square miles. It was founded in 1825 and incorporated in 1857. Vancouver is a sister city to Arequipa, Peru and Joyo, Japan.

The city’s economy is fueled by the development of the industry of salmon, timber and fur trade. They also delve into agriculture through exporting and marketing of crops such as prunes, apples and strawberries. This development in the city’s economy also encouraged the residents and lead to founding small businesses and opening franchise stores. It is also home to the corporate headquarters of The Holland and Nautilus, Inc.

If you want to see annual festivities, you can try visiting Vancouver to witness a year-round of events. There are large fireworks displays on Fort Vancouver National Historic Site that runs for about 45 minutes, the Jazz and Vancouver Wine Festival, and you may find your mouth watering during the annual Vancouver Sausage Fest that runs for three days.

While attending these festivities, you may also try visiting some of the notable architectures and buildings found in Vancouver. Some of these include the Saint James Church, Smith Tower, the Carnegie Library, the Vertical Lift Interstate Bridge and the Art Deco Telephone Exchange Building.

If you wish to learn about Vancouver, you can choose to go to Fort Vancouver Regional Library District for its rich history or get your hands on local newspapers such The Colombian, the Oregonian or The Vancouver Voice for the latest news.

Vancouver is blessed with a number of schools, a college and a university. Having two school districts, the residents and even outsiders can choose from twenty-one public elementary schools, six public middle schools, and six public high schools from the Vancouver Public Schools district and another twenty one elementary schools from the Evergreen School District. There is also the Clark College and the Washington State University if ever the parents plan to send their children to a college or a university.

The city has two state highways and interstate freeways that are heavily traveled. It has a mass transit system that involves a hundred bus, paratransit vehicles and vanpools. There are also express routes going downtown to Portland.