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Lakeridge fundraiser a chance to 'come together'

Students helping hungry people during the chilly season with canned food drive

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO: JEN BOLGER - The team that won the Powder Tuff Tournament was Set Em Usain, from left: players Christian Cristobal, Colin Guha, Trevor Wilson, Graeme Vissers, Simon Homedes, Alex Goldman, Ryan Andersen, Rashid Shaneeb and coach Emily Scott.With one day left in its canned food drive, organizers at Lakeridge High School are still striving to reach their goal of 10,000 cans.

Between its two biggest fundraisers, the Powder Tuff Tournament and Trick-or-Canning, the school collected 1,283 cans and $400 — and the final donations aren’t in yet. Lakeridge students will evenly split proceeds from the food drive, which ends on Friday, between the Oregon Food Bank and the food pantry at Rolling Hills Community Church in Tualatin.

Givers still are dropping off nonperishable goods at Lakeridge and other participating schools.

With Trick-or-Canning, students spent Halloween knocking on doors throughout the area seeking contributions instead of candy. Powder Tuff was a boys volleyball competition last week. Players and tourney attendees donated to the food drive.

“For me, it’s always great to see such a big school come together, just to have a good time and do something good and give back,” said Jamie Cannady, Lakeridge ASB co-philanthropy director and Trick-or-Canning organizer.by: REVIEW PHOTO: JILLIAN DALEY - Lakeridge sophomores, from left, Michael Kuhn, Keaton Wood and Alex Goldman competed in the Powder Tuff Tournament.

ASB, led by the philanthropy directors, organized the overall food drive, which kicked off Oct. 28. ASB member Sam Howley put on the Powder Tuff Tournament.

“I didn’t expect that many spectators, so I was really happy about that,” Howley said.

About 50 spectators turned out, bringing 150 cans, and the 16 teams, which had six to 10 players, offered a ton of donations with every player giving 10 cans or $5.

Howley also was interested to watch such green teams — many of the boys had never played before. As is the case with many area high schools, Lakeridge has girls volleyball but not boys volleyball.

The all-sophomore team, Set ‘Em Usain, took first place, something team Hit Faced member Joe Sindlinger said he wasn’t expecting.

“It’s fun, but there’s been a lot of upsets,” said Sindlinger, a senior. “I know maybe three senior teams have been beat by three sophomore teams.”

He said sophomores took down his senior team 2-1.

Derek Abbott, an ASB adviser, said such events help students grow.

“That’s the combo we’re after: Have fun but also think outside yourselves,” Abbott said.

Columbia Empire Volleyball Association board member Tim Wignot, a Lake Oswego resident, came to watch the Powder Tuff Tournament, and he said in Southern California where he’s from, boys commonly play volleyball.

When he moved to town and found out volleyball was not played at the high schools, “it was a shock,” said Wignot, a Lakeridge parent.

Having played volleyball in high school and college, it was heartening for him to see boys teams in Oregon playing the sport he loves.

“I almost shed tears,” he said. “That was a beautiful sight.”

Jillian Daley can be reached at jdaley@lakeoswegoreview.com and 503-636-1281, ext. 109. Follow her on Twitter, @jilliandaley.

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