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LOSD Foundation celebrates 25 years

by: linda hundhammer Charlie Howell spins the prize wheel at the Lake Oswego School District Foundation booth at last Saturday’s opening of the Lake Oswego Farmers Market.  From left, Patti Mertz, Sarah Howell, and Rhonda Cohen, LOSDF gave out more than 200 prizes throughout the day.

The Lake Oswego School District Foundation is celebrating a quarter-century of investing in teachers. To commemorate the silver anniversary, the Foundation had a special celebration at the opening of the Lake Oswego Farmers Market last Saturday.

John Stirek, president of the Foundation, gave a short speech thanking the community for their donations.

Stirek said that despite the financial difficulties facing the district this year, 'it is important to recognize the phenomenal success of this year's campaign and the hard work that kept it going. In 25 years, the Foundation has raised nearly $20 million in contributions from the community for its sole mission of investing in teachers. This ongoing support has made it possible to keep the best teachers, maintain small class sizes and sustain excellent academic programs even during difficult financial times.'

On the Millennium Park main stage, entertainment included Lakeridge High School Company and Lake Oswego High School Windjammers, as well as dance teams and drama departments from both schools.

Lakeridge High School Pacer Cheerleaders handed out 100 commemorative Foundation balloons and 500 'I Love Teachers' stickers to Farmers' Market patrons.

The Lake Monsters Robotics team wowed the crowd with their interactive exhibit featuring a robot accomplishing a series of tasks.

The Art Literacy program offered children a chance to contribute to an open form wire sculpture that will be on display at the West End Building. The winner of the 'Name The Sculpture' contest was Jack Bignell, a first- grader at Bryant Elementary, who submitted the name 'Color Flash'.

At the Foundation booth, a no-lose prize wheel give more than 200 spinners a special something to take home donated by local businesses.