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by: SUBMITTED PHOTO -  Members of the Canby Lions surprised students and staff at Ackerman Academy with new art supplies. This is the third Project Kids activity of the school year by the Canby Lions Club. 
The Canby Lions Club presented $1,500 worth of art supplies to the Ackerman Academy alternative school last week as part of its ongoing “Project Kids” program. The Lions Club, in partnership with the Canby Education Foundation, has adopted Ackerman as part of Lions Clubs International’s Reading Action Program.

“Our goal is to help make Ackerman the best alternative school in the state. All eight of the eligible seniors from last year’s class have graduated and we want to help keep up that excellent record,” said Project Kids Chairman Jim Jaggers.”

Providing supplies for the art program is the third activity the Canby Lions Club has done this year for Ackerman.

Earlier in the school year, the club provided sets of novels along with individual novels to the English program. In December, the club provided a free book to each student at the school. Another book giveaway is planned for the spring.

Project Kids committee members Barbara Hassler and Larry Arendt helped develop the list of supplies for the art program. Supplies included various sized canvasses along with brushes and paints, water color, charcoal and paper and colored pens and pencils. A number of arts and crafts materials were among the items donated, as well as display boards and drawing tablets.

“It is like opening presents. We can add many things to our program with what the Lions have done for us,” said Grace Saad, Ackerman art teacher.

Project Kids is a multi-year program of the Canby Lions Club. This spring, the club will recruit members of the community for a mentoring program. The partnership with the Canby Education Foundation has produced a $2,000 grant from the Oregon Community Foundation. The Lions Quest a positive youth development programs for middle school and high school is under consideration. An additional grant is possible from the foundation to help fund the final component of the program.

Donations to Project Kids can be made through the Canby Education Foundation, Box 1271, Canby, OR 97013 or to the Canby Lions Club at box 711, Canby, OR 97013.

The community has already donated $2,600 to the program.

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