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Classes, lectures, activities offered to Portland kids

Dozens of local groups are trying to coordinate educational or recreational activities for K-12 students when the Portland school year ends early because of budget cuts. The school year is scheduled to end May 13, though teacher contract negotiations could change that ending date.

Here are a few of the efforts:

• CitySchool Ð Mt. Scott Learning Centers are working with city churches to provide schooling for up to 5,000 students. The program will include instruction in reading, math and writing as well as field trips. Families will be charged $75 to $250 per week, based on their ability to pay.

For more information: 503-771-0297 or www.mtscottlearningcenters.org.

• Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Ð Club officials are planning to shift their regular after-school schedule to a workday schedule of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The clubs, located in King, St. Johns, Lents and Sellwood neighborhoods, serve children ages 6 through 18 and charge $5 per year for dues.

For more information: www.bgclubportland.org

• Constitutional Lecture Series Ð City law firms and dozens of city lawyers and others are sponsoring a 'constitutional lecture series' for Portland high school students from March 17 though March 20 and from May 14 though June 11.

The lecture series will be from 8 a.m. to about noon each of those days and will take place at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1126 S.W. Park Ave.

Application forms are available from Jill Gomery, curriculum vice principal at Lincoln High School.

For more information: 503-916-5200 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..or.us.