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Hop aboard The Merry Wagon

The Lake Oswego High School DECA Chapter is inviting people to ride The Merry Wagon.

The cheerily named comfort-item drive for adult patients at Oregon Health & Science University kicked off Dec. 6 and goes through Dec. 19. Suggested donations include puzzles, lotion, lip balm, holiday cards, neck pillows, fuzzy socks, adult coloring books and blank journals. New or used decks of cards, magazines and books also are welcome. Cash is being collected as well.

Donation drop boxes are located at Oak Creek Elementary School, 55 Kingsgate Road; Forest Hills Elementary School, 1133 Andrews Road; Lake Oswego High School, 2501 Country Club Road; NOLA Doughnuts, 365 N. State St.; Lake Oswego Adult Community Center, 505 G Ave.; and The Pearl at Kruse Way, 4550 Carman Drive.

DECA, which includes high school and college divisions, has the mission of preparing leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. LOHS DECA Chapter members spearhead projects, go on field trips, hear in-class guest speakers and participate in internships and job shadow opportunities.

Last day to give coming up

Both local high schools are putting on canned food drives again this fall — but the window to give is almost closed.

Lake Oswego High School’s canned food drive started Dec. 7 and goes through this Friday, Dec. 18, said Chris Hill, activities director at LOHS. The school is donating to Oregon Food Bank and a local food pantry called Hope Sparrow.

Lakeridge High School’s canned food drive started Nov. 30 and was scheduled to go through Dec. 12, but it got extended to this Friday, Dec. 18, said Julia Winett, an event organizer. The school is donating to Oregon Food Bank and the Tualatin School House Pantry. Winett said if the school collects 25,000 cans certain teachers said they’d dye their hair blue, including Karen Hoppes and Tim Provost.

Last year, the Lakeridge drive collected about 12,000 cans and in 2013 about 25,000 cans. The LOHS drive brought in 40,000 cans last year and in 2013, it collected 35,000 cans.

For more information, call LOHS at 503-534-2313 or Lakeridge at 503-534-2319. Lakeridge is located at 1235 Overlook Drive, and LOHS is located at 2501 Country Club Road.

Draw your favorite animal

Oregon Humane Society’s Education Department is accepting submissions to its 2016 Be Kind to Animals Poster and Story Contest.

Oregon and Clark County, Wash., children in grades 1-8 are invited to enter the contest; each grade level has its own theme. There is no entry fee, and prizes are awarded to the top four submissions in each grade level.

The Grand Prize winner receives a laptop; the runner-up receives a tablet; and all winners get an award certificate, ribbon of honor and an invitation to the A’Cat’Emy Awards celebration, to be held on Jan. 31, 2016, at Oregon Humane Society.

All poster entries must be received at the Oregon Humane Society or postmarked no later than Dec. 18. Send or deliver entries to: Oregon Humane Society, Education Department, 1067 N.E. Columbia Blvd., Portland, OR 97211.

For more information, visit www.oregonhumane.org/postercontest.

Laptops for students in need

The Lake Monsters, Lake Oswego’s robotics team, is looking to help Rosemary Anderson High School, an alternative school in Portland, with a technology drive Jan. 4-15.

Drop off a used laptop, Notepad or Tablet in the main office at Lakeridge High School, 1235 Overlook Drive, and the Lake Monsters will refurbish that piece of tech equipment and donate it to an at-risk student at Rosemary Anderson.

For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.frc2635.org.

— The Review