Lakeridge-area host families wanted
Families living in the attendance areas for Lakeridge, Beaverton and Wilson high schools are being sought to host students from Spain from Sept. 7-28 this year.
In the Lakeridge area, five students will be coming from Spain through CCI Greenheart, which is a branch of Greenheart International, a nonprofit that seeks to connect people around the globe and promote cultural understanding through programs such as high school exchange.
Families with students attending Spanish classes at Lakeridge are ideal participants, but for families with younger kids or no kids, exchange students can be paired with a "shadow sibling" upon arrival, said Laura McNeeley, local
CCI coordinator. Families must live in the Lakeridge area and are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, McNeeley said.
Host families provide a bed that can be in a shared room with a host sibling of the same gender and of a similar age. Families also offer three daily meals and local transportation and are supposed to treat their guests family, which includes adhering to household rules and responsibilities.
Host families are not compensated, but the Internal Revenue Service allows $50 per month in a charitable contribution deduction on itemized tax returns. Exchange students come with their own spending money and health insurance.
Park Academy's summer party and golf tourney are coming up
Two major events that benefit Park Academy are on
tap during the next few months.
For general information about Park Academy, visit www.parkacademy.org or call 503-594-8800.
— The Review