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Free meals for children and teens

While some people were celebrating summer solstice, others were simply glad to have nutritious food available for their children for the summer.

Starting June 20, the state began offering nutritious food to people 18 and younger through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s summer meals program.

Many young people have access to free and reduced-price meals at school through the national lunch program; during the summer, their families would be faced with higher grocery bills and empty pantries without the additional service.

There are more than 780 sites throughout Oregon offering free meals for children and teens, including breakfast and lunch. To find the nearest site, use the free, web-based app Summer Meal Site Finder, call 1-866-348-6479 (English) or 1-877-842-6273 (Spanish) or use a text service operated by a USDA partner by texting FOOD (English) or COMIDA (Spanish) to 877-877.

One of the nearest locations to Lake Oswego is Oak Grove Elementary in the North Clackamas School District, 2150 S.E. Torbank Road, Milwaukie.

Breakfast and lunch are served there five days per week.

Lakeridge graduate wins scholarship

Lakeridge High School graduate Leah Shearer has received a $5,000 scholarship from First Tech Federal Credit Union.

Shearer, who received the scholarship based on her scholastic standing and community involvement, is majoring in industrial design/sustainable designer and international affairs at Western Washington University.

She was one of 10 students chosen for the award.

LOHS grad receives award from Sheet Metal Workers union

A 2016 Lake Oswego High School graduate has received a scholarship from Sheet Metal Workers’ Local Union No. 016.

Kiara Green was selected from 474 applicants for the 2016-17 academic year for one of 20 scholarships worth $4,000 apiece.

The award is based on a student’s GPA, SAT or ACT score and an essay on the effect the union has had on that student’s life. Kiara Green is the daughter of Douglas Green, a member of the union.

Lakeridge student lands National Merit Scholarship

Lakeridge High School graduate Paul Dawson is one of the awardees in the 61st-annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Dawson, who plans to attend the University of Oregon this fall, is one of several Lake Oswego residents who received the award this spring. The scholarship is worth $2,500. Awardees were announced in waves, and more will be released in July.

This school year’s competition started in 2014 when 1.5 million juniors took the PSAT, a pool from which 16,000 semifinalists were chosen. The semifinalists can continue in the competition to be among 7,400 winners.

A committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors choose scholarship recipients based on their academic records, difficulty level of subjects studied and the grades earned, scores from two standardized tests, leadership in school and community activities, an essay and a recommendation from a high school official.

Want to write for The Review?

We are seeking candidates for the Student Writers Advisory Group (SWAG). Sample columns for an application must be submitted to us by 4 p.m. Aug. 18.

SWAG members meet monthly and team up on stories on local happenings and issues, providing information from a teen point of view. They write as much as once per month.

They are expected to come up with original topics and be ready to discuss them. They also must adhere to strict deadlines. Students should use their writing to offer a window into their high school experience. Writers also may provide a student perspective on local and national events, as long as topics are thoroughly researched, and information in a story is attributed to a reliable source. Student writers are expected to love writing and have a distinct point of view to express.

Student articles published in The Review must meet journalistic standards of writing, research and substantiation. The Review’s editors and reporters will guide and support students.

To apply for one of these unpaid positions, send your name, year in school, which school you are attending, address, telephone number, email address and a short autobiography — emphasis on short — to The Review. Please also submit a sample column (about 500 to 600 words) on a subject or issue of your choice, as well as a list of two other ideas you’d like to write about.

Send applications via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Attn.: Education Reporter Jillian Daley. Or drop one off at our office by 4 p.m. Aug. 18: 400 Second St. For more information, call 503-636-1281, ext. 109.

Robotics camps available this summer

To avoid the plague of “summer slide,” various camps are available through the Lake Oswego School District’s Community School.

Offerings include robotics for ages 8 and older and 10 and older. Some classes may require a prerequisite. Various academic camps, including robotics, are on tap from June 27 to July 28.

Classes are held in Room 8 or 10 of the D Wing of Uplands Elementary School, 2055 Wembley Park Road. Cost is $130, and there’s also an option to donate to a scholarship fund. For more information, visit losdcommunityschool.com, email instructor Doug Heymann at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 503-534-2302.

— Jillian Daley