School notes for Oct. 11
When social worker Evan King called Rowe Middle School seventh-grader Reece Healy out of class, he thought he was in trouble.
Instead, Healy was being asked to join eighth-grader Ari Oliver in becoming spokespeople for Rowe's Food for Success program. They would become the students in charge of promoting the Milwaukie school's efforts to make sure no student ever goes hungry.
Food for Success now has a four-pronged approach to ending hunger at Rowe:
? Free breakfasts daily to all students
? A lunchtime share table where students can place unopened packaged items or uneaten fruit
? Healthy snacks given out in classrooms
? Free dinner for every student in the after-school program
As spokespeople for Food for Success, Reece and Ari volunteered to tell stories about how the focus on studies has improved for their hungry classmates who got involved with the program. One of their visits was to a Lewelling Neighborhood District Association (LNDA) meeting in March, when they encouraged the neighborhood group to increase its $500 annual contribution to the Food for Success program. LNDA member Lisa Lashbrook said her group didn't have any more of its own money to give, but "the students moved us so much that we wanted to find a way to donate to this program."
LNDA had been asking attendees of its park-concert series each August to bring cans of food for the Oregon Food Bank, but starting last summer concert attendees were asked to donate cash or nonperishable food to Food for Success. Reece and Ari gave a pitch for the program at the Aug. 2 concert, the first of five Wednesday concerts in August that LNDA organized at Ball-Michel Park.
"People would turn out their pockets and give whatever they had," Lashbrook said. "One man had tears in his eyes to hear about kids going hungry in Milwaukie."
Reece and Ari's efforts resulted in Lashbrook delivering a $1,300 check last month from LNDA's concert donations, on top of the $500 annually from LNDA itself. It takes $17,000 annually to run Food for Success, which also receives support from other neighborhood associations, GracePointe Church, Rotarians, Chartwells, the Clackamas Emergency Services Foundation, the Cabot Wellington Foundation, the Janet O'Mara Family Trust and generous individual donors. Recently, the Happy Valley New Seasons agreed to let the North Clackamas School District food programs at Rowe and the Wichita Center pick up food that is about to reach its expiration date at the grocery store.
"I'm really delighted that our community is supporting us at such a high level, making sure that lack of food doesn't get in the way of achievement," King said.
OC to participate in statewide drill
The Oregon City School District is participating in the Great Oregon Shakeout Earthquake Drill on Oct. 19. Each school and department across the district will be involved in the drill to help remind students and staff what to do in the event of an earthquake.
Back in the early 2000s, the city came together to support a bond that paid to build the new high school on Beavercreek Road. Additionally, the bond went to pay for seismic retrofitting to increase every building's resilience and to increase the survivability likelihood for students and staff at each school in the event of an earthquake.
"Earthquake drills and preparedness are something that we take very seriously in Oregon City," said Wes Rogers, OCSD director of operations. "Being aware and staying current with drills is a great foundation and safety reminder."
While OCSD has identified several of its older buildings as being in need of renovation or replacement, many people are surprised to learn that the school district is ahead of many neighboring districts when it comes to seismic retrofitting, thanks to the bond passed by the community nearly 18 years ago.
OCSD officials are encouraging all of its families, business and community partners to join in Oct. 19 to put safety first and participate in the Great Oregon Shakeout Drill. More information is available at shakeout.org/oregon.
Thursday events offer fun and learning
Children 6 and under are invited to participate with caregivers in free enrichment activities designed to help toddlers, preschoolers and kindergarten students get ready for school. Each child attending will receive a free book each visit.
The events take place from 4:15 to 5 p.m. each Thursday at the Gladstone Center for Children & Families, 18905 Portland Ave. Here's the schedule:
? First Thursdays: Story Hour is a chance to share books and learning activities with a different theme each month.
? Second Thursdays: Activity Hour offers games, movement and fun with peers and caregivers. Children can build social skills, language skills and coordination while making new friends.
? Third Thursdays: STEAM Hour gives kids a chance to explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math, working on hands-on, age-appropriate projects with a parent or caregiver.
? Fourth Thursdays: Science Hour allows children to explore science through fun, hands-on activities such as building structures, studying motion and making hypotheses.
The Three Rivers Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1324 has announced its participation in scholarship programs for local students.
This year's Voice of Democracy theme is "American History: Our Hope for the Future." Students in grades 9-12 submit a three- to five-minute audio essay by Oct. 31. The national prize is $30,000, but students can win money at the local and state levels before moving on to the national program.
With a March 31 deadline at the local VFW, the Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest is open to all high school students under 18. The first-place winner from each state competes for national awards totaling $21,000.
Middle schoolers are encouraged to submit 300-to-400-word essays by Oct. 31 to the Patriot's Pen program with a theme this year of "America's Gift to My Generation." Each statewide winner receives at least $500, and the national first-place winner gets $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. The first-place winner from each state competes for national awards totaling $54,500, with each first-place state winner receiving a minimum of $500 at the national level.
Members of the VFW Auxiliary for more than a year who are over 18 can get a Continuing Education Scholarship.
To download entry forms to the scholarships, visit vfwauxiliary.org/scholarships. For students who might need help with their submissions, the local VFW is open from 5 to 8 p.m. Fridays, at 104 Tumwater Drive, Oregon City. Call 503-655-6969 for more information about the local VFW.
CCC hosts blood drive
The Clackamas Community College Associated Student Government will host a blood drive Tuesday, Oct. 24, and Wednesday, Oct. 25, with Bloodworks NW.
Bloodworks NW is a nonprofit blood center that sends almost 50,000 pints of life-saving blood annually to local hospitals, including every Legacy and Providence hospital in Oregon.
Donation times are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., except for a lunch break from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., at Clackamas Community College, Gregory Forum, 19600 Molalla Ave., Oregon City.
Call 1-800-398-7888 to make an appointment or visit bloodworksnw.org. Walk-ins also are welcome. Donations take 45 to 60 minutes and can help save the lives of up to three people.
School offers part-time jobs for college students
College students are needed to serve as tutors in the AVID high school and college success program at Kraxberger Middle School in Gladstone. Tutors will work with a small group of students two afternoons a week, serving as guides to understanding classwork through questioning, thinking and discussion.
"This is a win-win opportunity for all involved," said program coordinator Lennie Bjornsen. "The middle schoolers benefit from young mentors who can share their college experiences, and the tutors gain valuable experience that helps them build their résumé."