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March 4, 2020 — On Feb. 29, Florence Masonic Lodge #107, along with 90 other organizations from the Central Oregon Coast, participated in the first “Education Expo” at Siuslaw High School here in Florence.
There were representatives from the Florence Police Department, the City of Florence, Siuslaw School District and many help groups.
It was a chance for students and the general public to see what is available in Florence.
The City of Florence is a retirement community. As such, we have problems keeping our young people in the area after they finish high school. Like other cities in the same situation, local rents are high and its hard to find service people.
We are trying to show the students why they could return home after they complete their higher education.
It’s a win-win thing.
The kids learn just what is here and, hopefully, like what they see and some of them will return home.
As Masons, we were representing Florence Lodge and the “National Masonic Foundation for Children.” For the last two years, Florence Lodge has helped the foundation put on their training program for teachers, school administrators and others here in Florence.
We will continue this practice in April.
This is in conjunction with the training taking place in Wilsonville, and sponsored by Grand Lodge.
We would like to thank Andy Grzeskowiak, Siuslaw School District Superintendent; Jodi O’Mara, Mapleton School District Superintendent; Tony Scurto, Lane Education Service District Superintendent; Joe Henry, Florence Mayor; and Robert Forsythe, Dunes City Mayor for their efforts in making this Education Expo 2020 a success.