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FFA kids host Land Lab tours

North Clackamas FFA students spent most of the month of May hosting the annual school tours at the North Clackamas Land Lab. More than 1,400 elementary-age students came to the school farm to learn about sheep shearing, food production and more. The visits give the children and teachers an opportunity to learn about the agriculture industry on a fully functioning farm. The most popular stop on the tour was the petting area, where the youngsters could get up close and personal with baby chicks and rabbits.

Rowe students participate in Service Learning Day

Rowe Middle School students fanned out over the area on May 26, for their annual Service Learning Day. Some volunteered at an animal shelter, others helped with weed removal and one group helped with chores at The Father's Heart, a street ministry in Clackamas.

Students in math teacher Greg Patton's Connections class assembled sack lunches, sorted laundry and helped serve lunches.

Claire Adams, a seventh grader, said it was important for students to help others less fortunate, 'because if we learn to help each other now, when we get older we can volunteer and help make people's lives better.

Don Wolters said he had been volunteering at The Father's Heart for about a year and said he was pleased to see the middle school students who were willing to serve.

He described The Father's Heart as not just a place for the homeless, but 'a place for those who just aren't making it in our economy. They come here for conversation, a hot lunch, clothing and more. They can take a shower here and get their mail here. A doctor comes once a month and a lady comes in and cuts hair.'

He added, that he hopes the students learn that 'anyone can be one step away from being homeless; all it takes is illness or your car breaks down.'

Scholarship awarded by Soil and Water Conservation District

The Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation District awarded a $1,000 scholarship to Logan Breshears of Oregon City; he will begin his junior year at Oregon State University this fall. He graduated from Gladstone High School and attended Clackamas Community College before enrolling at Oregon State University to pursue a degree in Fisheries and Wildlife. His future goal is to become a fisheries biologist to help the Oregon fish population thrive. He is interested in recreational fishing as well as the fishing industry.

Breshears is the first recipient of the Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation District scholarship. The District's goal is to promote Clackamas County students studying to earn a degree in agriculture, natural resource sciences or a related field.

The program will continue in spring, 2012. Scholarship information will be available at financial aid offices of Oregon institutions of higher education offering agricultural or natural resource degrees. Or check the Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation District website at www.conservationdistrict.org next spring.

Dairy Princess presents gifts to babies

In celebration of National Dairy Month, Ashley Harelson, Clackamas County Dairy Princess, presented a basket filled with all-things dairy to the first babies born in Clackamas County hospitals including Providence Willamette Falls Medical Center and Providence Milwaukie Hospital. Princess Ashley surprised Corey and Tom Gregg of Gladstone at Providence Willamette Falls Medical Center with cows-emblazoned receiving blankets, sleepers, bibs and room decorations. And, of course, a block of Tillamook cheddar cheese. Baby girl Gregg was born at 4:36 p.m. on June 1 and weighed in at 6 pounds, 12 ounces. 'She is perfect and we are thrilled,' says first-time mom Corey.

As the Clackamas County Dairy Princess, Ashley travels the county promoting the dairy industry and talking with kids about the health benefits of dairy and calcium for their growing bones. Princess Ashley, who was also born at Providence Willamette Falls Medical Center in 1992, is a Canby resident and graduate of North Marion High School. Her goal is to be a large animal vet in Clackamas County.

La Salle Prep senior class donates $2,750 and new mascot

La Salle Catholic College Preparatory's senior class of 2011 established a legacy of school spirit and generosity with two recent gifts to the school. The students raised funds through dances and activities and decided to purchase a new school mascot falcon costume. They also donated $2,750 in scholarship support for an incoming student in the school's new cutting-edge Signum Fidei (Signs of Faith) program for students with learning differences launching in fall 2011.

The new falcon mascot costume debuted on June 3rd at the annual senior presentation, an assembly in which members of the senior class receive awards and recognition.

Rowe Middle School awarded three-year grant

The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation has awarded Project Go! at Rowe Middle School a three-year, $20,400.00 teacher development grant. The project, developed by educator Sabrina Flamoe and patterned after a model developed at Columbia Teachers College, is designed to promote teacher development and student learning in lab classrooms.

Project Go! reflects the realization by a group of teachers of the need to take responsibility for changing, improving and sharing teaching abilities through lab classrooms. During each of the three school years, 12 project labs involving six or more teachers will facilitate learning among teachers of different experience and responsibilities, Flamoe said.

The labs will provide an on-going, interactive, collegial environment in which risks can be taken, candid feedback is welcome and immediate change can be implemented.

According to Flamoe, this model supports the newest teachers; energizes and stimulates mid-career teachers; and leverages the wisdom and skills of veteran teachers while providing them with an equally invigorating opportunity for growth.

OC girl finishes in top 10

Nicole Frost, 18, was a top-10 finalist in the National American Miss Oregon Teen State Competition, held the last week in May in Portland. The Oregon City High School senior was selected as the 2011 Miss Oregon Teen Volunteer Service Winner, which included a cash prize.

In February, she was selected as the Oregon City Elks Club's student of the month. Her school activities include having served as secretary/treasurer of the freshman and sophomore classes; as student body secretary/treasurer; and homecoming princess her sophomore year. She has lettered as the statistician for men's wrestling and lacrosse teams. She is on the varsity volleyball team and is a member of the National Honor Society. She also helps with the Link crew for incoming freshman.

OC boy wins West Point leadership scholarship

Ian Cranston, a junior at Oregon City High School, has been selected to be among the 1,000 attendees at West Point's Summer Leaders Seminar in June. More than 4,000 juniors nationwide applied for the program, which offers outstanding high school juniors the opportunity to experience life at West Point. Attendees live in the cadet barracks, eat in the cadet mess, and participate in academic, leadership, athletic and military workshops.

Clackamas student to attend national pageant

Deja Fitzwater, a 6-year-old Clackamas resident, has been selected to represent Oregon as the Western Oregon Junior Princess at the upcoming International Junior Miss Scholarship Program finals, July 4 to 10 in Nashville, Tenn.

Deja will be competing in the following optional competitions: talent, casual wear modeling, spokesmodel, commercial, photogenic and photo shoot, as well as, the mandatory competition of personal introduction, interview and formalwear modeling.