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What's new in Lake Oswego education news? Host families who live in the Lakeridge area are wanted to house Spanish exchange students for three weeks, and Park Academy has two events coming up.

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.

Summer exchange host opportunities also are available for families who live in other areas. For more information, contact Laura McNeeley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-381-5411, or visit www.ccigreenheart.org/usprograms/host.aspx.

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.

The nonprofit, private school in Lake Oswego — for children with dyslexia or other learning challenges — will have its annual summer party and fundraiser at the private lakeside home of school founder Piper Park on Friday, Aug. 25. The event will feature a barbecue, cocktails, appetizers and entertainment by the band Cloverdayle, a Nashville-based songwriting team and married couple. Tickets cost $100 each. There are only 150 tickets available, and the party is expected to sell out. To buy tickets for the concert, contact Park Academy Development & Events Coordinator Jenna Kisor at 503-594-8779 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The school's seventh-annual Drive for Dyslexia Golf Tournament is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 5, at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club, 12930 N.W. Old Pumpkin Ridge Road, North Plains. For more information on the golf event, contact Park Academy Development Director Elizabeth Dove at 503-594-8780 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For general information about Park Academy, visit www.parkacademy.org or call 503-594-8800.

— The Review

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