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Working for Community

by: Vern Uyetake, Lake Oswego High School student Ted Schaller, in his role as a worker for Community Workday, helps with the 
inventory at Lake Music in Lake Oswego Friday. About 200 local teens donated a 
minimum of four hours Friday to local individuals and firms with their proceeds of $7.80 an hour going to help the Lake Oswego School District Foundation.

In what appears to be a positive experience for both sides, the first-ever 'Community Workday' proved to be a success last Friday.

Some 270 students from Lake Oswego High School donated a minimum of four hours that day to do a variety of jobs throughout the community. Their salaries of $7.80 an hour were paid to the Lake Oswego School District Foundation's annual donation drive.

'The kids weren't really sure what to expect,' said Cindy Schubert, assistant LOHS principal.

The students worked at a variety of

businesses and private homes throughout Lake Oswego, doing jobs ranging from distributing fliers to pulling weeds to cleaning. Schubert said the students seemed to enjoy the process.

'They said, 'it was real fun even though we were pulling weeds ... and we met some great people in the community.''

For several of the students, the 'Community Day' endeavor actually led to reals jobs.

Schubert said the biggest concern was that this was the first time the event had been offered locally. Bad weather on the first four days of last week gave way to 'our only good day' on Friday, she added.

Schubert didn't yet have a total for how much the students generated for the foundation. She hopes to expand the effort next year to include Lakeridge.