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24B Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter The Media Center's new tables and chairs can be arranged in many configurations to accommodate different learning styles. Photos courtesy Eastern Plumas Health Care At Eastern Plumas Health Care's December rummage sale the Bautista girls spend the whole time sitting at a table and chairs they loved. They also got to visit with Santa (EPHC's Stan Peiler). The Bautista family bought the table and chairs for the girls before they went home. LIGHTNI00 Hundreg5 of items to be Sold Every Week!" ............. Auctioneer's Note: Lightning Auctions has been the leading auction house in Northern Nevada for 25 plus years now. Selling everything from antiques and collectibles, entire estates, business liquidations and used vehicles. We conduct online only auctions, provide appraisal services for bankruptcies and estates, accept quality consignments, conduct estate sales i and we are always willing to go out and personally look at your items to see how we can help you. So if you need to sell or you're looking to buy, give us a call or check us out online at www&ightningAuctions.com. J Lightning Auctions, Inc. 870 S. Rock Blvd Sparks Nevada 89431 Phone: (775) 331-4222 Fax: (775) 331-4281 Portola Junior-Senior High's library is less inviting and less versatile before it was turned into a 21st-century learning center. EPHC, from page 1B continue as long as there are funds and need. "I see it as an important ongoing service," said Principal Sara Sheridan, "it makes a huge difference." Sheridan explained that this program dovetails nicely with school goals, set at the district level: "Family and community partnership has been added recently. This program does it hugely." This brings her to a labor of love, which she and the school staff have been working on for the past year --their new Media Center. During that initial planning meeting with EPHC Gives Back, Sheridan set out her vision for the Media Center: it would be a 21st-century learning center, with 50 laptops, a large flat-screen television and tables designed to configure in various ways for different teaching styles -- from collaborative groups to individual study. ',It's now a very sought-after space," said Sheridan. "Kids love the fact that they have access to laptops, and teachers do too. Lessons have changed- they are computer based, and include a lot of Internet research." The missing piece in the Media Center, however, was the tables and chairs -- the collaborative meeting space at the heart of her vision. Sheridan looked uncomfortable at that first meeting when she asked if the Gives Back group might possibly be interested in buying the tables and chais, which would complete the year-long effort to create the Media Center. The group talked with the donor, who immediately agreed, and as Sheridan and Harston were heading for their cars, they were stopped in the parking lot with the news. Sheridan was so overwhelmed she fought back tears. Recently complete, the center has become an example of the collaboration and compassion that are central to the message Sheridan consistently impresses upon her students, "because if we're missing that, we haven't done our job. We want our kids to be exposed to that daily," said Sheridan. The center also serves as a place for students who have no place at home for studying to come after school and do their homework. Members of the football team are required to come to the Media Center to do homework three days a week, which brings together "the kids with resources and those without," said Sheridan. "Those kids are put into an environment where they feel supported, more included. In the Media Center learning environment, they,re more likely to be kinder and help one another out with homework: I've heard kids say, 'Why don't you come over tO my house to have dinner if your mom is Still in. Reno working?'" Sheridan hopes to expand the after,school program to help!: even more kids, and she's " looking to the community for volunteer tutors to make this happen. EPHC Gives Back member Annie Yoakum, who graduated from Portola High School, said, '!It's an amazing feeling to be able to help complete the Media :i Center. In a small way, I feel:-, like I've been able to show some gratitude for the impact teachers and staff of :! PHS had on my life."  EPHC Gives Back began as a simple idea -- to give back to the community the hospital serves. When everyone involved works toward a common goal, based on caring for the community, more good gets accompIished than anyone could have imagined. If you would like to help EPHC Gives Back and Portola schoolchildren, please contact Regina Martinez: 832-6510, rmartinez@ephc.org. Donations are tax deductible. If you'd like to help students by tutoring at PHS, contact Principal Sara Sheridan: 832-4284, ext. 201, ssheridan @pcoe.kl2.ca.us. Linda Satchwell is the community programs coordinator for Eastern Plumas Health Care.