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College application assistance available

Time to start thinking about applying to college? Learning to write a top-notch essay is one way students can stand out from other students applicants. The Saturday Academy is offering a four-week course to help students entering twelfth grade develop techniques, including voice and point of view, that allow them to write unique essays. The course is presented as a workshop, with attendees reading and commenting on one anothers’ essays.

The four-week course begins on Sept. 29 at Saturday Academy, located at the University of Portland, 5000 N. Willamette Boulevard in Portland. Visit saturdayacademy.org for more information about this and other course offerings.

Join a teen writing group

A teen writing group meets twice a month at the Wilsonville Public Libary. Students from grades six through 12 are invited to attend the free sessions to write and talk with other teenagers about writing. The group meets on the first Saturday of each month, from 10 a.m. to noon, and the third Wednesday of each month, from 6 to 8 p.m.

The Wilsonville library is located at 8200 SW Wilsonville Road. For more information, contact Brad Clark at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Purchase student lunches

The West Linn-Wilsonville School District uses a secure online system to accept payment for student lunches. You can deposit money directly into a student’s account by using the student’s name and district ID number. Visit mymealtime.com to pay online using Visa or Mastercard. There is a small fee for online transactions, and funds take at least one business day to show up in a student’s lunch account.

To avoid the online transaction fee, send payment directly to your child’s school by sending a check directly to the student’s school. Payment should include the student’s full name and district ID number. Make checks out to the school.

Host families needed

Forte International Exchange Association, a nonprofit organization, is seeking host families for international exchange students, ages 15 to 18, who wish to learn English and experience culture in the United States.

Host families are needed for a semester, about five months, or the full school year of about 10 months. FIEA works with students in about 20 countries in Europe, Asia and South America.

FIEA exchange students speak English but seek opportunities to practice and improve. Students go through a personal interview, pass an English test and receive good grades in their home countries.

They arrive in the U.S. with medical insurance and their own spending money. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 703-237-1688 for more information or go online: forteexchange.org.