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Lake Oswego Schools Foundation raises money, awareness in February, March


The Lake Oswego Schools Foundation is holding two upcoming events to bring awareness and funding to Lake Oswego schools.

The annual LOSF Luncheon is set for Feb. 25 at 11:30 a.m. at Oswego Lake Country Club, 20 Iron Mountain Blvd. This event will include a presentation, “Oregon’s Public School System: Commitment, Challenge, and Creativity” featuring John Tapogna, an expert in education, social and fiscal policy.

Since the passage of Measure 5 in 1990, Oregon’s public schools have continually faced challenges to their funding; in recent years, this challenge has grown more acute. Tapogna will deal with questions such as:

Why is school funding so difficult right now, and how can citizens work to best meet the needs of students and our community? What impact can quality teachers and creative programs have on our classrooms and beyond? What technological innovations will have the greatest impact on how our children learn? What does Gov. John Kitzhaber’s latest budget proposal mean for schools statewide and here in Lake Oswego?

Tapogna is the president of ECONorthwest, a consulting firm that specializes in economics, finance and planning. He has studied the effects of small class sizes and the efficacy of small schools for education-based clients including the Chalkboard Project, Washington’s League of Education Voters and Seattle Public Schools. Taponga has been an analyst at the U.S. Congressional Budget Office and holds degrees from the University of Oregon and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

For tickets, call 503-534-2106.

The LOSF Phonathon will take place Feb. 26 through March 7 at the Lake Oswego School District Office, 2455 Country Club Road. The foundation will have phones, food, fun and prizes available to our volunteers. Parents and community leaders will call parents, grandparents, past parents and community members to ensure a world class education for every child in the LOSD now, and forever.

“The goal this year is to truly finish up the calling before spring break,” said LOSF Executive Director Mary Puskas. “In the past, people have called frequently from their own schools, and we’ve always had at least two to three nights of calling from central office. So there’s a change, but not much. We’re going to open up the lines during the day as well as the evening ...”

To sign up to volunteer, visit the LOSF website at LOSFoundation.org.