Barbecue's an LOJ tradition
Families flock to annual event at junior high
Imagine a barbecue for hundreds of middle schoolers, and then picture it on a sunny day with the kids families and teachers on the scene.
Thats about how the annual barbecue at Lake Oswego Junior High looked last Friday. Some families roamed indoors to check out the classrooms, walking past a Welcome 6th Graders! sign, while others enjoyed some divine-smelling hamburgers and cookies, which occasionally got messy in the hands of the smallest guests.
Sixth-grader Aiden Duhl, a football player, at one point had to kneel down and wipe some smudges off of his toddler cousin Matthew Duhls face. Aiden and his cousin both were covered in sunshine, something Aiden said is scarce where he comes from. Its not like Michigan, he said.
Little Matthew (born Dec. 12, 2012 at 12:12 a.m.) also got help from his brother, Nathan, during the face cleaning project. Nathan, though an Oak Creek fifth-grader, long has attended the barbecue since his older brother attended LOJ.
I like going here to see all my friends, he said.
Forest Hills fifth-grader Rylee Winn also was enjoying herself. I like the cookies, she said.
LOJ eighth-grader Helen Gan, whose family is originally from China, said through her mom, who translated, that she loves her teachers and classmates. The family had been to other places in America, but they found a home in Lake Oswego.
When we arrived here, we found we love this place, very beautiful and quiet and peaceful, said Astina Liang, Helens mom.
The junior highs administrators and teachers said they enjoyed the food and company, too, with teachers Jenna Blancher and Kristin Allan keeping up their barbecue tradition.
This is our ninth picnic together, Blancher said. Allan said she loves the sense of community.
Vice Principal Desiree Fisher said its something everyone comes to. If even half the schools kids turned out for the event, thatd be about 450 children from LOJ alone, so the events a hot ticket.
Its a great way to start the school year, Fisher said.Add a comment