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LOJ kids raise $1K for Foundation

National Honor Society students hold car wash to collect donations

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Lake Oswego Junior High's National Honor Society students raised $1,000 for the Lake Oswego Schools Foundation at a car wash Saturday at LOJ.Lake Oswego Junior High School’s National Honor Society students have raised $1,000 to help teachers succeed.

The NHS members came up with the idea themselves for a car wash to raise funds for the Lake Oswego Schools Foundation. The nonprofit Foundation this year supported the salaries of 18 local teachers.

The event, held on Saturday at the school, invited people from throughout the community to enjoy the delight of a gleaming car without having to do the work themselves. The kids washed dozens of autos, using one spigot, a split and six hoses, says Carrie Trullinger, NHS adviser.

“If we had come up with $200, we would have been pleased,” says Trullinger, also the seventh-grade LOJ counselor. “We far exceeded any expectations.”

The sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders just might wash the insides of cars next year, too, she adds.

REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - LOJ students and staff present a $1,000 check on Monday (from left): seventh-grader Sara Shelton, NHS adviser Carrie Trullinger, LOJ Principal Robert Caplinger, eighth-grader Keenan Deraeve and Foudation Executive Director Sara Patinkin.Lake Oswego Schools Foundation Executive Director Sara Patinkin says that so far, the organization has collected $1.45 million toward its $2 million goal for the current campaign. The school district budget year ends on June 30, but donations will be accepted until school starts in the fall, so people can establish their tax liabilities and pledges can roll in, Patinkin says.

Gifts still are coming in. Lake Oswego Education Association president Laura Paxson-Kluthe announced the teacher’s union’s $500 donation at a school board meeting Monday.

About 45 percent of families have given or pledged to the Foundation so far, and Patinkin says it’s worth the investment.

“We have the most fantastic students in the state,” she says.

For more information about the Lake Oswego Schools Foundation or to donate, visit www.losfoundation.org, email sara.patinkin@loswego.k12.or.us or call 503-534-2106.

By Jillian Daley
503-636-1281, ext. 109
email: jdaley@lakeoswegoreview.com
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