Support schools, buy brick

By Observer editorial December 12, 2012 01:32 pm

John McCain, back when he was a presidential candidate in the 2000 election, said he wanted to inspire a generation of American to a cause greater than their own self-interest.

In a small way, the Imbler Education Foundation is doing just that — one brick at a time. The foundation is selling red bricks from the recently demolished Imbler Elementary School to help fund future school building projects. 

Even though Imbler just completed a school building project — in late August the first day of classes were conducted in Imbler Elementary School’s $4 million building — it’s not to early to think about the next time the infrastructure needs updating.

The bricks are from the historic Imbler school building built in 1912 that was razed this past summer after the new elementary school was built.  

Members of the Imbler Education Foundation and alumni volunteers picked up more than 500 bricks, which will be imprinted.

The first project in mind is to build a music room closer to the new elementary school.  

The bricks people buy will be used on campus in a visible spot, perhaps as planters or in a courtyard sidewalk, or people can take them home. For a price, people can get their brick imprinted with whatever they want to say. 

Exact pricing and details for purchasing bricks will be posted early next week on the Imbler Education Foundation Facebook page and also on their website at

The bricks would make a great gift this holiday season — and a great legacy to leave at the school.


Drive sober or get pulled over 

Impaired drivers have a target on their back this holiday season. An advertising campaign now in full swing encourages people to “drive sober or get pulled over.” Motorists and pedestrians need to be sober and alert during this season of holiday parties.

Motorists should not get behind the wheel if they are impaired. A motor vehicle, in the wrong hands, can be a dangerous and deadly weapon. Law enforcement agencies will be working overtime throughout Oregon during the holidays to prevent impaired driving crashes.  

In 2011, for December, Oregon had 25 motor vehicle fatalities, seven of which were alcohol-involved. Over the 78-hour Christmas holiday in Oregon last year, two people died in crashes. Both involved alcohol.

The message is simple. If you do have a party, offer the choice of non-alcoholic beverages. If someone drunk insists on driving, take their keys. Find a designated driver. Don’t drink and drive.