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School notes: Gladstone schools receive grants; Register for cleanup at CCC

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In April, the Gladstone Education Foundation awarded seven grants to the four schools in the Gladstone School District

In April, the Gladstone Education Foundation awarded seven grants to the four schools in the Gladstone School District. The funds, totaling over $5,500, will support innovative curriculum, summer enrichment programs and an athletic facility improvement.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Seventh-graders at Kraxberger Middle School participate in Challenge Day, an anti-bullying workshop funded by a grant from the Gladstone Education Foundation."Gladstone teachers are creative, and that keeps students engaged and learning at a higher level," said GEF Grant Giving Chair Leslie Robinette.

Projects supported include a family literacy night for struggling readers, children's activities at the summer lunch program, Kindle Fire tablets for first-graders and renovation of the baseball bullpens at Gladstone High School.

This school year, GEF has provided over $26,000 to support Gladstone schools and youth programs. To fund next year's grants, the foundation is planning its annual GEF Golf Tournament at noon Wednesday, July 26, at Stone Creek Golf Course, along with its annual dinner/auction set for 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at the World of Speed in Wilsonville.

To sponsor an event, to order tickets, or donate auction and raffle items, contact Tammy Tracy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-655-2777.

Register for cleanup at CCC

Clackamas Community College is joining with nonprofit SOLVE to host a cleanup at the Environmental Learning Center on the Oregon City campus, 19600 Molalla Ave.

SUBMITTED PHOTO -  Volunteers help clean up the Environmental Learning Center last spring.Volunteers are needed Saturday, May 6, to help prep the grounds of the ELC as the college works to restore the Newell Creek headwaters, which bubbles to life on the campus. Newell Creek flows to the Willamette River through the 1,800-acre Newell Creek watershed, the largest intact greenspace in the South Metro area.

At the 5-acre ELC site, visitors can explore trails, discover native plants and wildlife, or just kick back and enjoy the serenity of this hidden treasure.

Newell Creek headwaters will undergo an ambitious redevelopment project that will transform the site into a regionally important outdoor learning laboratory, demonstration project location, and natural area that showcases innovations in stormwater management, native habitat restoration, and sustainable living practices through a partnership of local agencies and educational institutions.

From 9:30 to 10 a.m., volunteers can learn about the Environmental Learning Center's rich history and the plans for restoration. Then from 10 a.m. to noon, volunteers will help clean up litter and remove invasive plants.

Tools will be provided, but cleanup volunteers need to bring pruners if they have them, gloves, wear boots and dress for the weather. Register at solveoregon.org/get-involved/event-registration. For more information, contact Renee Harber at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..