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Local middle schools focus on community service, recycling

LOJHS and LJHS hold Earth Day and Community Service Day events


by: REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Lake Oswego Junior High School sixth-grader Renee Kozlowski checks out her TreeSmart pencil made from recycled newspapers.Lake Oswego and Lakeridge junior high schools marked Earth Day with community service and a recycling event.

Newspapers were transformed into pencils on Monday, given into the hands of Lake Oswego Junior High School students.

TreeSmart Industries of Lake Oswego initiated the Earth Day event, part of its nationwide program, Made in America, which promotes recycling. Schools in Eugene, Springfield and Medford also participated.

At Lake Oswego Junior High’s event, sixth graders in a communications class wrote 25- to 50-word essays in pencil on their recycling efforts. Students brought in the essays and a newspaper and were rewarded with a two-pack set of pencils crafted from rolled up newspapers. TreeSmart will fashion the newspapers into pencils with the school’s name and logo to be used in a future fundraising project. About 30,000 schools participate in recycling activities in the nation, according to a TreeSmart press release.

Lake Oswego Junior High Principal Ann Gerson said other classes also may get the opportunity to participate in TreeSmart’s program. The recycling event coincides with students and parents’ beautification efforts this week (See “Relay,” page A18) in honor of Earth Day. More than 1 billion people in 192 countries observe Earth Day, according to Earth Day Network.

Students on Friday will participate in Community Service Day, laying mulch and cleaning windows at the school, pulling ivy at Springbrook Park and making pet toys for the Oregon Human Society. Gerson said it is good for the middle schoolers to be able to give back and to have a sense of purpose.by: SUBMITTED PHOTO: TRACY DUDEK - Isabella Mueller, left, and Riley Elske take a breather during Lakeridge Junior High's Community Service Day last week.

Lakeridge Junior High students and parents made a difference in their school’s atmosphere during an April 19 Community Service Day. Dozens of attendees donned gardening gloves, hoisted shovels and rakes and got down to business. Participants performed tasks including landscaping.



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