TUALATIN - A celebration of Bridgeport Elementary's 25th anniversary will include dinner, dance and a fund-raising auction geared toward keeping an after-school program alive.
The make-up of Bridgeport Elementary School has changed dramatically over the last quarter century, said Deborah Bolan, chairwoman of 'Celebration.' More than half of the students at Bridgeport Elementary receive free or reduced lunches and about 45 percent of the students are English Language Learners, Bolan said.
With grant money from Meridian Park Hospital, the school was able to begin providing an After Schools Clubs program. At any given time, between 30 to 50 percent of the school's students have participated in one of the clubs ranging from knitting and art to dance and guitar.
Bolan noted that the program, now in its second year, has enriched students' lives by providing activities for latchkey kids.
'It would be devastating for our school to lose this program,' Bolan said. 'More than any other school in the district, Bridgeport needs a program like this.'
'Celebration' is the 25th anniversary event set for April 19 at the Wilsonville Holiday Inn. 'Celebration' organizers have been working since October to secure donations for the event auction.
Bolan said that the school's Parent-Staff Organization has reserved funding for the program's 2008-2009 school year, but the group will not have enough to continue its support of the program.
'I'm hoping our Celebration will bring to light this program's plight to some of our important guests,' said Bolan.