Each month, Dr. Zorn reaches out to our business community via the Kelso Longview Chamber of Commerce newsletter with information about the successes and challenges of our public schools.

Artists, scientists, business masterminds, government officials, and entertainers–Longview Public Schools and the community have nurtured an array of individuals who have made significant contributions to our city, state, nation, and world.

To celebrate these achievements and the community’s role in the development of these notable individuals, the school district recently launched an effort called “Longview Luminaries.”

This campaign provides brief biographies of the many distinguished Longview alumni who are truly standouts. Profiles are featured on the district’s Facebook page and website news blog (www.longviewschools.com -news-news stories) weekly. They are designed to serve as a source of community pride and inspiration for our students—and promote the quality of place offered in Longview.

So far, the effort has featured world-renowned Egyptologist Kent Weeks; marine biologist and researcher Kathi Lefebvre; author and visual artist EJ Taylor; and award-winning mystery author Lyndsay Faye. Upcoming releases will highlight an ace military pilot, an exceptional professional golfer, national sports writer, historian, educator, aerospace engineer, and others.

The Longview Luminaries list is being formulated by a volunteer community task force which continues to solicit suggestions on the district’s website at: www.longviewschools.com.

In addition to the on-line profiles, a printed document and searchable database that can be viewed by current or prospective community members to promote Longview as the district of choice for families, educators, and businesses is proposed.

Longview Luminaries is helping shine the light on how much Longview and its schools has to be proud of!  I hope you enjoy reading and sharing the biographies.