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Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - There's a new all-girls robotics team forming. There have been a good number of girls who participated in robotics teams in Lake Oswego before, but they are in the minority. The Xploding RoboWheels was among several robotics teams from Lake Oswego that were successful at a competition last December. Team members, from left, front row, are: Kira Takara, Natalie Peterman, Katie Oppenheimer, Larissa Chan, Sera Lew and Ryan Lew; and, back row, from left: coaches Dale Kresge, Lillian Oppenheimer and Ron Lew.

Girls’ robotics team forming this fall

An all-girls robotics team is coming together this fall.

Lake Oswego Robotics is sponsoring at least one FIRST Lego League robotics team for girls. Last season, fewer than 6 percent of LO Robotics’ participants were girls, according to a Lake Oswego School District newsletter. 

An open house for the team will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at Uplands Elementary School, 2055 Wembley Park Road.

RSVP by emailing CoachDiana@lorobotics.org, and include the participant’s name, age, grade and school. For more information, visit firstlegoleague.org.

Cleanup planned at Lakeridge

Parents, volunteers and community members are invited to volunteer for a cleanup this Saturday at the Lakeridge High School stadium.

Participants will be cleaning the grounds and possibly re-painting a storage building, depending on how many people participate, according to Lake Oswego School District officials. Wanted: gas-powered weed whackers, rakes, shovels and trucks to transport yard debris, junk and bark dust.

The event, to be held rain or shine, begins at 7:30 a.m. Volunteers should meet in the east parking lot near the varsity baseball field at the school, 1235 Overlook Drive.

For more information, email Chris Barhyte at chris@barhyte.com or Tom Krueger at thomas.a.krueger@comcast.net.

What’s on the menu?

It’s not hard to find out what’s on the Lake Oswego School District’s menus.

n Visit the district’s food services website to view menus and nutritional information: www.edline.net/pages/Lake_Oswego_School_District/Parent_Info/Food_Services.

n To apply for free or reduced-price lunches, call 503-534-2361 or visit www.edline.net/pages/Lake_Oswego_School_District/Parent_Info/Food_Services/free_reduced.

Nominate a great volunteer

Know a young person who exemplifies volunteerism?

Students in grades 5 through 12 who make a difference in their school or community are encouraged to apply for a scholarship through The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program. It’s the 20th year for the Prudential Financial Inc. and National Association of Secondary School Principals’ program, which distributes 102 state awards and 10 national winners.

State honorees receive $1,000 awards, silver medallions and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., (with a parent) to participate in four days of recognition events in May. National award winners receive $5,000, gold medallions, trophies for their schools and $5,000 grants for the nonprofit charitable groups of their choice. The application deadline is Nov. 4.

To apply, visit www.spirit.prudential.com or www.nassp.org/spirit.

LO makes list of family-friendly cities

A national real estate search site has named Lake Oswego one of the 20 most family-friendly cities in Oregon.

Estately recently placed Lake Oswego third, saying it had the best public school system, second lowest crime rate, the most preschools per capita and the most daycare facilities per capita. The high cost of living and housing slightly decreased the city’s ranking.

To view the list, visit blog.estately.com/2014/08/how-family-friendly-are-oregons-20-biggest-cities.

Lewis & Clark places in Sierra Club’s Top 5

The Sierra Club placed Lewis & Clark College fifth out of 173 colleges and universities on a list that recognizes green schools.

The school’s sustainable food program improved its ranking on the environmental organization’s Coolest Schools list. “At least 25 percent of ingredients served on campus are sourced from within 100 miles, and almost all of them are organic,” the Sierra Club says. “Its cafeterias serve seafood that meets Marine Stewardship Council standards and meat that’s hormone- and antibiotic-free.”

The school also has student-run gardens and strong environmental studies programs that served it well in Sierra’s eighth-annual ranking.

Lewis & Clark was listed at No. 19 last year.

To view the list, visit sierraclub.org/sierra/slideshow/top-ten-coolest-schools-2014.

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