Frustrated with cuts to Oregon schools, Scouters Mountain Elementary School parent Wendy Wilhelms came up with an innovative way to support education. She is pitching Oregon legislators on the idea of a special license plate to support K-12 education, and hopes to get a legislative hearing on the issue.

“I’m passionate about education. I believe every dollar counts,” said Wilhelms. “I believe that license plates are a great way for the community members throughout the state to show they support education.”

Nutritious summer meals at no charge

Schools play an especially important role in helping to feed our children during the summer.

The Summer Food Service Program helps feed children — regardless of household income — during the summer when school is not in session. All children ages 1-18 are welcome to enjoy a nutritious meal at no cost. No application is necessary.

Visit the Gladstone Center for Children and Families, 18905 Portland Ave., Monday through Friday through Aug. 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

No lunch on July 4 and 5 due to holiday. Adult lunch available for $3.

Students raise funds to fight cancer

During the month of May, students at Oregon Trail Elementary School hosted a Penny Drive. Donations were made to the Doernbecher Foundation/Pediatric Cancer Research.

“While there are many students, families and communities affected by cancer, it is our hope that our pennies will help to save the life of a child,” said Principal Khaliyah Williams-Rodriguez. “Five-hundred dollars was presented to an ambassador of Kids Making Miracles,” she said.

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