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Volunteers revitalize school garden

Volunteers from Alaska Airlines and members of the Portland Timbers will hold a volunteer party to revitalize the community garden at H.B. Lee Middle School from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7.

The event is one of 30 youth and environment-focused projects through Stand Together Week, a Portland Timbers program, which begins Aug. 4 in the Portland area.

H.B. Lee is one of two middle schools in the Reynolds School District that “I Have Dream” Oregon is supporting through high school and beyond. The school garden will offer the opportunity for students to learn about nutrition and harvest their own food.

To sign up for Stand Together Week projects, visit portlandtimbers.com/standtogetherweek.

Damascus student earns mayoral award

Bryce Koetitz of Damascus was among three winners in the Oregon Mayors Association’s annual civic awareness contest.

Koetitz received a prize of a laptop computer during the Oregon Mayors Association Summer Conference on Saturday, July 27, at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center in Corvallis. Mayors from 67 Oregon cities were present.

The contest focused on civic responsibility was held in the spring, with students submitting posters, essays, and video and PowerPoint presentations on the topic “If I were mayor, I would...”

District foundation holds supply drive

The Gresham-Barlow Education Foundation is holding a school supply drive through Sept. 30.

The goal is to start a stock room of supplies to offer students in need throughout the school year.

The foundation seeks donations, donation sites and volunteers for its school supply drive work crew.

Top supplies needed include binders, notebook paper (wide and college ruled), pens, pencils, pencil sharpeners, glue sticks, composition writer notebooks, thumb drives and dividers.

Donation sites include All About Automotive Inc., Gresham Chiropractic Clinic, Gresham Ford, U.S. Bank’s Powell branch, Wells Fargo (downtown Gresham), Origins Coffee, Key Bank (Troutdale and Gresham Mall branches) and Riverview Bank of Gresham.

For more information, call Karen Johnston at 503-465-2926, call Victoria Alley at 503-766-0009 or visit gbefkids.org.

Dive-in at aquatic center movie screenings

Float with your family in Mt. Hood Community College’s Olympic-size pool while watching big screen movies.

The MHCC Aquatic Center Dive-In Movies return Fridays in August around sunset, or 7:15 p.m. Families and friends are invited to float, splash and swim in the college’s 50-meter pool as they watch movies on the electric scoreboard.

Movies include “Toy Story 3” Aug. 2; “Escape from Planet Earth” Aug. 9; “Cars 2” Aug. 16; and “Finding Nemo” Aug. 30.

Admission is $5 for adults; and $3.75 for children 18 and younger and seniors; $15 for up to six members of a family; and free to students, staff and pool members with current ID or a punch card.

For an additional $2, participants can watch the films from the new inflatable obstacle courses.

For more information, visit mhcc.edu/aquatics or call 503-491-7243.

Host a foreign exchange student

International Cultural Exchange Services (ICES) is seeking host families for four high school students coming to Gresham High School.

A trained coordinator will provide support to the students and host families throughout the program, planning activities and get-togethers throughout the year.

ICES students are insured and arrive with spending money to cover all personal expenses. Host families provide room, board and guidance to students in a new community.

ICES is a nonprofit organization bringing students from more than 30 countries to learn about American culture by living with volunteer host families and attending local high schools.

For more information, call Kari Hampton at 503-724-2308 or email Hampton.ices@gmail.com.

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