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Gladstone bands plan winter concerts; Rotary hosts advanced business students; Rock Creek adopts Oscar; New Urban hosts Winners Expo

Gladstone's school bands have a busy performance PHOTO COURTESY: LESLIE ROBINETTE - Gladstone's school bands have several performances scheduled in December.schedule in December. The Gladstone High Holiday Concert is at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, at the Gladstone High auditorium, 18800 Portland Ave. The Kraxberger Middle School bands will perform at the Gladstone High auditorium at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12. Both events are free and open to the public.

The Gladstone High Jazz Band will perform at the Blount International Office on Tuesday, Dec. 5, and at the Somerset Retirement Facility on Thursday, Dec. 14.

Rotary hosts advanced business students

Advanced business/management students Brenda Ramirez-Sanchez and Shayla Hoang were invited to attend a Clackamas Rotary Club meeting last month PHOTO COURTESY: NCSD - Sabin-Schellenberg Center advanced business/management students Brenda Ramirez-Sanchez and Shayla Hoang present at a Clackamas Rotary Club meeting last month.to talk about North Clackamas' Sabin-Schellenberg Center.

North Clackamas Superintendent Matt Utterback attended and heard their presentation as well. Afterwards, the students were approached by many business people who expressed how impressed they were with what the students were doing, and how presenting was a testimony to the Sabin-Schellenberg Center's preparation of students' skills and professionalism.

They left with a sense of accomplishment, something to put on their resume, an official Rotary coin and a few judges recruited for practice DECA role-play events. Previously known as Distributive Education Clubs of America, DECA is an association of students and teachers of marketing, management and entrepreneurship in business.

Rock Creek adopts Oscar

Rock Creek Middle School recently adopted Oscar Triplett, a boy with special medical needs. Working with Sparrow Clubs USA, students will assist with Oscar's medical bills by doing community service.

Oscar was born with a brain injury called hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy and has since been diagnosed with cerebral palsy. He uses a wheelchair PHOTO COURTESY: SPARROW CLUBS - Born with a brain injury, Oscar Triplett uses facial expression and gestures to communicate.to get around and needs assistance with all aspects of daily living. He uses facial expression and gestures to communicate as well as augmentative devices.

Bend-based Sparrow Club has schools sponsors dozens of medically fragile children, most of them in Oregon. Sparrow Clubs seek to empower the healthy children who sponsor them to build empathy and experience helping in their communities.

At an assembly last month, students pledged to work hard to raise money for Oscar through sponsored community service and fundraising. For every hour of community service, students will earn $10 for Oscar paid by local business and community sponsors.

Visit sparrowclubs.org for more information.

New Urban hosts Winners Expo

A special dinner will be served from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, in the cafeteria of New Urban High School, 1901 S.E. Oak Grove Blvd.

Called the "Winners Exposition" nominees who have done outstanding work to benefit the community will be recognized from 6 to 6:30 p.m.

Five families were nominated to be honored at the expo, along with the staff of the Clackamas Review, Flying Pie Pizza, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Brian Jensen and Oak Grove United Methodist Church Pastor Heather Riggs.

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