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Corvallis elementary school teams with PSU to publish "Sparky the Eagle"
Author: John Kirkland
Posted: April 22, 2011

When students at Mountain View Elementary School in Corvallis learned about a rescued bald eagle being cared for in the nearby Chintimini Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, they decided to adopt him and support his care. "Sparky," now six years old, became the school's mascot.

Lori Tubbs' third grade class turned the story of Sparky into a book: "Sparky the Eagle."  They received a grant from the Corvallis Art Center to write and publish the book, and contacted Portland State University, which is publishing the book through its Odin Ink program. The program uses Hewlett Packard's new Print on Demand Book Publishing Solution technology.  PSU is one of only three universities in the United States to take part in a pilot program to use HP's system.

The third graders are traveling to the Portland State Bookstore on Monday, April 25, to watch their book roll off the presses.  The bookstore is printing the book at cost, and each of the children will receive a free copy.  Sales of the book will benefit Sparky, who will require lifelong care at Chintimini because of a genetic defect.

About Portland State University (PSU)
Located in Portland, Oregon, PSU has about 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students. PSU's motto is "Let Knowledge Serve the City," and we provide every student with opportunities to work with businesses, schools and organizations on real-world projects. Our downtown campus exhibits PSU's commitment to sustainability with green buildings, while sustainability is incorporated into much of the curriculum.