Phone-a-thon helps reading program

The Gresham-Barlow Education Foundation will hold its 10th annual Phone-A-Thon, Feb. 20-23, to raise money to help elementary students improve their reading skills.

During the four-day event, students from the district's high schools will call parents and community members asking for donations. Donations go to the district's elementary reading program Literacy by Design, which supports the reading goals of each and every elementary student in the district.

Individuals donating $40 or more will receive a $25 oil change from Gresham Ford. Community members can also visit to make a pledge.

Last year, parents and community members in the school district raised $27,000 for the reading campaign. The Gresham Outlook, Gresham Sanitary and Gresham Ford are sponsoring the event. The event also provides a fundraising opportunity for high school student groups.

The Gresham-Barlow School District serves more than 11,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

Bottle, can drive raises funds for baseball teams

The baseball program at Reynolds High School is raising funds through a bottle and soda can drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at Reynolds Middle School's baseball fields, 1200 N.E. 201st Ave.

Residents are invited to drop off bottles and soda cans at the fields. The players also will go door-to-door throughout the neighborhood to pick up donations.

For information, call Coach John Cosby at 503-544-2021.

Volunteer for a mock funeral at Mt. Hood

The Funeral Service Education program at Mt. Hood Community College will hold its 16th annual Funeral Arrangement Exercise from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, in the Town and Gown Room, 26000 S.E. Stark St.

Second-year students will work with volunteers posing as bereaved family members to help them make mock funeral arrangements.

To volunteer, contact Cindy Hosking at [email protected] or 503-701-0740 to schedule a one-hour appointment or for more information.

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

College hosts jobs fair Feb. 23

The Mt. Hood Community College Career Planning and Counseling Center is hosting the annual Summer Jobs and Career Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, in the College Center Fireplace Lounge at 26000 S.E. Stark St.

The fair offers students and community members the opportunity to meet with employers who are hiring for summer and seasonal positions, as well as ongoing opportunities. Employers scheduled to attend include Timberline Lodge, Clackamas County Parks, Mt. Hood Aquatic Center, Princess Tours, Oregon Department of Forestry, Home Depot and KOIN 6 Television.

For more information, visit or call 503-491-7432.

Individuals requiring accommodations due to a disability should contact the MHCC Disability Services Office at 503-491-6923 or 503-491-7670 (TDD). Call at least two weeks prior to the event to ensure availability.

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