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Clarkes-Highland News Feb. 26


Clarkes Elementary annual reading program starts friday

Friday, Feb. 28, marks “Flop n Read Day” at Clarkes Elementary to kick off the annual Reading Program.

“The majority of the day is dedicated to reading,” says the coordinator Patty Ehleringer, “with special guests coming in to read to the kids.” For instance, past programs included local Firefighters reading stories. Other events coinciding with the kick off, include celebrating Dr. Seuss’s birthday, wearing pajamas to school, and indulging in milk and cookies provided by the PTG. The Scholastic Bookfair will also begin Friday, lasting through Thursday, March 6th in the library.

While there are many festivities for the kick off day, the program itself will last for 6 weeks in total. The overall theme of this year’s event is “recycling”. Correlations between reading and recycling will include encouraging students to recycle books by passing them on to others, reading their favorite stories to siblings, and sharing knowledge about books to friends and family.

Each student will receive a log to record their time spent reading for the week. Kindergarten and 1st grade students are asked to read 15 minutes per week, while 2nd through 5th grade students are asked to read 30 minutes per week. Then each Friday, students will turn in their weekly logs to Ehleringer. To further motive the students to read, prizes are awarded to individual readers in each class, classrooms as a whole, and a grand prize to the child with the most reading time logged. Children with time that surpasses the minimum amounts will earn fake coins to be redeemed at the school store.

Hopeful outcomes for the event include motivating children to recycle and ultimately read more. “Last year had an amazing turnout” says Ehleringer.

Giving Back to the Community

The Clarkes United Methodist Women’s Group has been very busy lately in the act of giving back.

The group recently donated $100 to the Share the Love event hosted by Molalla High School and $200 worth of bedding and blankets to Love Inc. of Clackamas county.

Other Churches throughout Clackamas county are also involved in giving to Love Inc., an organization dedicated to helping low-income families and individuals. Each Church ends up with a theme ranging in furniture from the Canby chapter to firewood and budgeting advice from the Redland chapter.

Other ongoing activities for the Clarkes group includes providing lunch the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month to the Father’s Heart Street Ministry in Oregon City.

If you are interested in the support that this group provides, you do not have to be a member of the Church to donate time, money, or supplies. If you would like to help, please call member Ann Dickson at 503-632-4512.

February’s Students of the Month

Congratulations to the Clarkes Students’ of the Month! This month’s theme was “honesty and integrity.” The recipients are: Tate Grossnickle, Daniel Beatty, Conner Brown, Kylie Boyle, Ryu Tinker, Ava Nix, Mason Casarotto, Tanner Loschiavo, Mike Stephens, Hannah Nelzen, K.J. Robertson and Caleb Alexander.