by: NEWS PHOTO: SCOTT JORGENSEN - Dodrill, Mayor Becky Arnold and Janet Kiger-Hellard pose with the big check presented to the Adopt-A-Family program. A two-hour late start due to inclement weather couldn’t put a damper on a Monday, Dec. 17, assembly at Clackamas Elementary School in Estacada.

The assembly was to honor the class that raised the most money for the Chinooks Creating Change effort, which provides funds to local charities.

Mayor Becky Arnold addressed the students, and so did councilor and incoming Mayor Brent Dodrill.

The goal was to raise $3,000. All of the classes combined were able to come up with $2,904, but an anonymous donor gave an additional $100 that morning, pushing the tally over the top.

Heather Mill’s fourth-grade class raised the most money, with $245 going directly to the Adopt-A-Family program. That charity provides Christmas presents for needy families in Estacada, and gave away gifts at the Community Center on Friday, Dec. 14.

As a reward for their efforts, the students will enjoy a pajama day on Thursday, Dec. 20.

Students were able to raise more than $350 for the Estacada Area Food Bank; $374 for the Yellow House; $432 for the Chinooks Clothes Closet; and a total of $1,745 for Adopt-A-Family.

Janet Kiger-Hellard from Adopt-A-Family said that sizable donation will comprise most of that charity’s budget for the upcoming year.

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