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Young scientists study butterflies; CCC program opens for registration; Host an exchange student

Kindergarten science classes at the Gladstone Center PHOTO COURTESY: LESLIE ROBINETTE - Twins Aiden and Jaxson Cule add the finishing touch to the butterfly garden at the Gladstone Center for Children & Families.for Children & Families have been studying the life cycle of butterflies this spring.

"Together they observed the progression from caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly," said science teacher Kassy Babeckos. "They also planted a butterfly garden to provide habitat for the butterflies they will release."

Summer program opens for registration

Incoming 2018-19 high school seniors and 2018 high school graduates can get a jumpstart on their four-year college degrees through Clackamas Community College's Summer Scholars program — tuition free.

Students in Clackamas County can earn college credit and complete their general electives during an eight-week summer term, June 25-Aug. 17. Courses include:

• Public speaking

• Health and fitness

• Personal health

• First aid/CPR

• College algebra

• Trigonometry and pre-calculus

• Statistics

• Calculus

"Students who enroll in the Summer Scholar program will accelerate their college education while saving both time and money," Jaime Clarke, CCC director of education partnerships, said.

CCC will waive the tuition for the classes, and students are only responsible for course fees and books. Students may register for up to 10 college credits. Plus, students get a First Year Experience class for free, where they will learn the ins and outs of navigating college. This is a savings of more than $2,000 compared to a public four-year university.

For more information about the program and how to register, visit clackamas.edu/summer-scholars-program. For questions, contact Jaime Clarke at 503-594-3161 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Host an exchange student

Families in the Portland area can help build bridges of intercultural understanding by sharing their homes and daily life with exchange students. AFS is looking for host families for high school exchange students coming from more than 90 countries in August and September.

Each year, AFS welcomes more than 2,200 international students to the United States.

Current AFS host parent Kate Weber said, "It really boils down to that we all just want to raise our families the best way we can. Taking away that 'us versus them' mentality and putting it into 'we're all in this together, how can we live harmoniously and accept and learn from each other' makes you realize we're all just trying to achieve the same goal."

Host families provide a bed and meals, share their daily lives with students, and help guide and support students as they would their own children. Families and their hosted students receive ongoing support from AFS staff and experienced, local volunteers.

Local families interested in learning more about hosting an international exchange student, reading incoming student bios, and more can contact Marisa Ferro, AFS hosting coordinator, by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 503-858-3879.

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