April showers bring May flowers, most people are familiar with this saying. The month of May is filled with the sounds of birds, the smell of fresh flowers and spring and summer breezes. This is the month that brings the end of spring and the beginning of summer. The anticipation of backyard barbeques, outdoor activities and school age children are anxious for the last day of school and summer vacation. After the winter weather that fell upon us, spring and summer and being outdoors are more than welcoming words.

Each time we open the door and step outside, we are not quite sure what we will encounter. We may meet a new friend or cross paths with an old friend, we may have a brand new experience or experience our daily routine, we may have a positive adventure or a negative adventure. Each day plays a part of who we are.

Speaking of positive, I am so impressed with the 8C School District’s Positively Ontario – O + movement. O Positive is more than a slogan to the School District. It is a way of telling the story of the many successes that are deserving of Ontario’s pride. What is the objective? To raise internal and public awareness of the good things that the Ontario School District is doing and all that is offered to its students and their parents.

Ontario School District, where they, along with members of the community, embrace and support the value of education and provide the students the opportunity to achieve, adapt, and persevere in life. They sustain an environment that incorporates community, innovative programs, and cultural awareness that maximizes individual success with integrity and pride.

There are so many positives within the 8C School District, they have very hard working, dedicated and passionate people from the faculty, to the staff, bus drivers, custodians and volunteers. The District serves the needs of all of the students from the most challenging to the most successful student. “Kids come First” and the “kids deserve this”, is heard daily! There are always misperceptions and it is easy to jump to here-say. As Superintendent, Nikki Albisu says, you are always welcome to “step in our doors and walk our halls”. U.S. Senator Ron Wyden recently visited the District, as he stopped and commended the kids you could tell it was from his heart.

Congratulations to the OSD8C Volunteers of the Year – Aiken School – Tamie Capron and Dan Copeland, Alameda School – Dallas Tschida, Cairo School – Kate Draper, May Roberts – Amanda Le Tellier and Denell Halsell, Pioneer School – Leann Daniels, OMS – Wanda King and Officer Jon Esplin and OHS – Juara Blaylock and Natalie Juarez.

So, there is a lot happening and a lot to showcase! I would encourage you to “Like” the School District on Facebook and/or sign up for the newsletter! Let’s all join in the O+ movement and make it happen
community wide!

May also brings with it Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, Cinco de Mayo and preparation of America’s Global Village Festival. Global Village will take place on June 3rd, 2017 in the Ontario Lions Park. If you are
interested in being a sponsor at this event, please contact the Chamber office at 541-889-8012! On May 5th, 2017 Treasure Valley Symphony 2017 Pops Concert – Sean Rogers Conductor – will be held at the Four Rivers Cultural Center Meyer McLean Theater. Concert begins at 7:30 and General Seating is $10.00. Or enjoy the evening sitting at a table for 4 with Sparkling Cider or Wine, Decadent Sweets and hors d’oeuvres, tables sell for $150.00 or $200.00. For more information contact Cathy Yasuda at TVCC Foundation Office or call 541-881-5585. Proceeds benefit Treasure Valley Community College Music Students.

Have a happy May!