Community Work Day sets aside LO and Lakeridge rivalries

by: Vern Uyetake, 
Lily Darby from Lake Oswego High School is ready to work next Friday.

On Monday students at Lakeridge High School and Lake Oswego High School set any rivalries aside and launched Community Work Day to raise money for the school district foundation.

For the second year in a row, students will do various jobs at local businesses for a minimum of four hours on the afternoon of April 18. The businesses participating have agreed to pay the students $8 per hour for the work performed and the money is put towards the foundation's annual campaign.

Students can be hired for a variety of tasks including landscaping, painting, cleaning, organizing, childcare, office work, data-entry, babysitting, telephone calls, etc.

This year's effort is themed '2 High Schools - 1 Community: Together We Can Make A Difference!'

Cindy Schubert, assistant principal at Lake Oswego High School, suggested the idea last year to students at LOHS based on her past experience with a student work day in Hood River. A total of 240 students participated.

This year, LOHS invited Lakeridge to join and the schools are combining efforts for, hopefully, greater impact.

'Our community continually works to support education and our high school students are wanting to get on board and support the foundation as well,' said Schubert. 'The students have gotten together to put this on, and their goal is to get as many students involved as possible.'

The event has multiple benefits. First, it accomplishes its goal of supporting the foundation's annual campaign to fund teacher salaries.

Second, it connects businesses with students. Anyone out driving or shopping on April 18 will notice participating students as those wearing blue T-shirts with the Work Day theme printed on them.

'It helps our community understand the great students they have in schools,' said Schubert. 'Some students even got summer jobs from the work day last year.'

It also unites both high schools for a common purpose. To encourage student participation, Community Work Day will culminate with a dance on Friday, May 9, for students of either school who participate.

Students who are interested in participating can approach a business and ask if they can be sponsored. There are a lot of students, however, who don't know what business to approach.

For that reason, Schubert hopes that local businesses will see Community Work Day as an opportunity to support education and go to the Web site and sign up to sponsor a student.

'I have a lot of students that are waiting for jobs. If there are any businesses that want to be involved, we can match the students with the job,' said Schubert.

Businesses can find participation forms on either Lakeridge or Lake Oswego Web site: or http://lhs. The deadline for the forms is April 15.