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Fresh produce boosted; Students honor Tomb of the Unknown Soldier; Internet safety forum held; Students sell dog houses

PHOTO COURTESY: MICHAEL CLARK - Schoolyard Farms grows fresh produce on unused school grounds in Jennings Lodge to teach kids about farming and gardening in the Oregon City School District. Behind Candy Lane Elementary School in Jennings Lodge there is a special type of farm, a Schoolyard Farm. Schoolyard Farms is a nonprofit organization started back in 2012 by Justin Davidson and Courtney Leeds. The farm takes advantage of unused school grounds to grow fresh produce and teach kids about farming and gardening in the Oregon City School District.

Since 2012 the number of classes and learning opportunities for the students has continued to increase. Students who learn about and have the opportunity to grow their own fresh produce are more likely to want to try the nutritious options. Additionally, the students are excited to see the vegetables they helped grow and enjoy tasting them in the cafeteria.

"Partnering with Oregon City School District has been a wonderful experience," Davidson said. "It is great to have a community that supports farming and teaching the next generation about how we grow and get our food."

Recently the Schoolyard Farm organization was awarded $73,000 from the Oregon Department of Education's farm-to-school grant. The grant money will be used to help continue to make a significant impact on the effectiveness of their programs and to get even more students to love vegetables.

Students honor Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Gladstone High School students participating in the recent two-week East Coast trip visited the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.

Four students were involved in a military ceremony to place a wreath at the site in memory of American military personnel who died in combat without their remains being identified. A video of the ceremony is available at bit.ly/2DJee07.

Internet safety forum held

A Cyber Safety Night hosted March 21 at Happy Valley Middle School featured a presentation on internet safety from FBI Special Agent George Chamberlin.

The event aimed to help families understand how children are using social media and how to help them be safe while using technology. The event was in partnership with the FBI, city of Happy Valley, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office and the North Clackamas School District.

Other planned attendees included Happy Valley Mayor Lori Chavez-DeRemer and City Councilor David Golobay.

Construction technology class sells dog houses

PHOTO COURTESY: LESLIE ROBINETTE - Student-made dog houses are for sale in Gladstone.Students in the construction technology program at Gladstone High School are selling a limited number of dog houses. To order one, email teacher Mike Leone at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

"These projects provide students with a real-world opportunity to use the skills they've learned," Leone said. "I'm pleased how nice these turned out."

The doghouses are appropriate for medium or large dogs. They will be sold for $125 each.

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