Community 101 class raises $3,500 for local service organizations

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Scappoose High School students visit the Oregon Food Bank as part of their Community 101 class. The class recently awarded grants to a number of local organizations.Scappoose High School’s Community 101 class held a grant-awarding ceremony on May 22 in which students awarded a total of $8,500 in grants to 11 organizations in Oregon.

Ryan Poster, Community 101 teacher at Scappoose High, said the class is given $5,000 at the beginning of the year to get a head start. Poster said those funds came equally from utility provider Portland General Electric and the Juan Young Trust, a charitable trust that provides grants for the promotion of health, welfare and education to Oregon residents under 21 years old.

Community 101 students raised the remaining $3,500 through approximately 40 projects throughout the year, which ranged from school dances to doughnut sales and can drives.

“Community 101’s main objective is to teach our students the value of community service and responsible giving,” read a release from Scappoose High.

The organizations selected to receive grants from Community 101 are:

  • Amani Center: $1,000
  • Make-A-Wish Oregon: $1,000
  • Dougy Center: $700
  • Columbia Community Mental Health: $800
  • SAFE of Columbia County: $1,000
  • Columbia Pacific Food Bank: $1,000
  • Breast Friends: $1,000
  • KidCare: $500
  • Cares Northwest: $500
  • Volunteers of America — Men’s Residential Center: $500
  • Scappoose High School — Courtyard Improvement Committee: $500
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