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Catlin Gabel students give power to homeless, Vose seeks volunteers, and more.

COURTESY: REBUILDING CENTER - Catilin Gabel students built solar-powered batteries for Portland's homeless population on Saturday, Oct. 21.Catlin Gabel students give power to homeless

Catlin Gabel High School students partnered with environmental protection organization Lloyd EcoDistrict to provide electrical power for homeless people in Portland on Saturday, Oct. 21.

As part of a collaborative effort with eBay Portland, Right 2 Dream Too (which operates safe spaces for homeless people), and Benson Polytechnic High School in Portland, Catlin Gabel students gathered at ReBuilding Center in Portland and made 11 solar-powered "juiceboxes." The "juiceboxes" are solar-powered batteries that homeless people can use to charge their devices so that they can keep in touch with their community, stay informed and have a better chance at landing a job.

The juiceboxes were developed by Solomon Olshin, a junior at Catlin. Olshin and his team developed these batteries in order to bring power to houseless Portlanders.

The 11 juiceboxes — along with 80 sleeping bags — were delivered to the Right 2 Dream Too site on Friday, Oct. 27. Given the user-friendly design of the Juiceboxes, Right 2 Dream Too members will have ownership over the installation and ongoing maintenance of the boxes.

Vose seeks volunteers for Read-to-Me program

Vose Elementary School is seeking volunteers to read with preschool, kindergarten and first-graders as part of the Read-to-Me Program.

Read-to-Me focuses on helping the most in-need pre-k students reach their "500 books read to them" goal as part of the new reading assessment, and to help them enter kindergarten with a more equal playing field for accessing literacy. The program also helps the lowest-performing readers in kindergarten and first grade build their literacy strengths. 

The school will host a volunteer orientation for the Read-to-Me Program from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, at Vose Elementary, 11350 S.W. Denney Road, Beaverton.

The training will include an informal explanation of the expectations of the Read-to-Me readers, routines, resources and sign-ups for rotations of students to read with. 

Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

Beaverton High hosts Latino College Night

Beaverton High School, 13000 S.W. Second St, Beaverton, will host a Latino College Night from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15. All Beaverton School District students and their families are invited to attend.

Colleges will have tables with bilingual representatives to share information about their colleges and answer questions. There also will be two break-out sessions presented in Spanish. Parents are encouraged to attend with their high school students. Parents of elementary and middle schoolers wanting to learn more about college also are welcome to attend.

Colleges in attendance will include Oregon State University, University of Oregon, Portland State University, University of Portland and many more.

Community invited to Springville Turkey Trot

The Beaverton community is invited to the first annual Springville K-8 Turkey Trot & 5K at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, Springville K-8, 6655 N.W. Joss Ave., Portland.

The event will feature two mapped courses, a one-mile course and a 3.2 mile course (5K). There also will be a raffle and prizes. Registration fees are $10 for students, $20 for adults and $50 for families. Children five and younger are free.

Registration forms are available in the Springville K-8 office and via email at HYPERLINK "mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Participants also can register the day of the run.

Sponsors are accepting donations of the following items for the Oregon Food Bank: peanut butter and almond butter; rice; tuna; canned or dried beans; whole grain cereal; shelf-stable milk; cooking oil; and other nutritious foods.

For more information, contact Springville K-8 at 503-356-2480.


Blair Stenvick
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