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Backpack Buddies receives donations

Recently the Oregon City Backpack Buddies program received $5,000 from Windermere Stellar and $1,000 from the Sodexo Foundation. Backpack Buddies provides food to help more than 200 food insecure students each week.

The program currently is delivering bags of food to children at all of the Oregon City elementary schools, both middle schools, and one charter high school. Each Friday, students receive food for the weekend so they can return on Monday nourished and ready for learning. Cathy Warner, Oregon City Backpack Buddies Director, said grants help to maintain the program as well as increase numbers of recipients where it’s needed.

On Monday, Jan. 12, the Oregon City School Board recognized the special support for Backpack Buddies, maintained by nine local area churches that provide the ongoing help with this program. Those interested in supporting the program are encouraged to visit

Although it doesn’t have any offices based in Oregon City itself, Windermere Stellar also donated $5,000 to OC-based Clackamas Women’s Services. The Windermere Foundation, led by real estate brokers, supported these local charities “because they are such worthy causes.”

Young author published

Photo Credit: PHOTO COURTESY: SHAMROCK NEWS/ROWE MIDDLE SCHOOL - Rowe Middle School eighth-grader Samantha Haack with her novella 'The Devil in Skinny Jeans.'Samantha Haack, an eighth-grader at Rowe Middle School, wrote her novell, “The Devil in Skinny Jeans,” when she was a fifth-grader at Ardenwald Elementary School.

Tate Publishing published the book in July 2014, and it is now available at the Rowe library.

Haack thinks the book will be enjoyed by “die-hard” paranormal fans and also people who root for good to triumph over evil, no matter how impossible it may seem.

“I recommend it to the school, because a lot of kids in the school, they like reading short books that can get the point across really quickly, but still have a good plot line, and I’m hoping that this book can deliver that,” she said.

An interview with the author is at Catch the author talking about the book’s availability at Rowe:

Beavercreek tickets now available

The Beavercreek Elementary School Parent-Teacher Organization is selling $25 tickets to the sixth-annual Beavercreek Elementary school auction and dinner Feb. 28, an adults-only buffet-style dinner from Outlaw BBQ.

A no-host bar will be available. There will be an extensive silent auction, oral auction, dessert auction, and paddle raise opportunity.

The PTO is still working hard on collecting items to be auctioned off. Around 200 items are expected to be auctioned off, including art projects by each grade level.

Potential auction participants can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call PTO organizer Amy Manning at 503-632-8785 for more information. RSVPs are due Feb. 10.

Middle school provides drug, alcohol screenings, interventions

Kraxberger Middle School students will benefit from free, on-site drug and alcohol screenings and intervention programs provided by Northwest Family Services, a nonprofit partner.

Services include screening for substance use, mental health issues, and potential violence, plus short term or long-term treatment, including motivational interviewing and change therapy.

“In Clackamas County, 13 percent of eighth-graders had at least one alcoholic drink in the past 30 days,” said Principal Nancy Bailey. “If parents suspect a teen they love is experimenting with drugs or alcohol, we urge them to contact us right away for a referral.”

Police cadets reach out to students

Photo Credit: PHOTO COURTESY: JOE KRUMM - Milwaukie Police Department cadets hand out prizes to students in the North Clackamas School District.The Wichita Center for Family and Community partnered with Milwaukie police at Wichita Fusion, a program for fourth- through sixth-graders on nonschool days. Students, police cadets and other local high school volunteers from Milwaukie and La Salle high schools spent four days of their winter break creating art projects, and playing board games, dodge ball and air hockey.

The Milwaukie police cadets also volunteered at family-movie nights at the Wichita Center.

“The cadets are awesome mentors,” said Erin M. Carmona, Wichita Center event coordinator. “We hope that having the cadets here as volunteers and playing games with them, will give the students a sense of security knowing that the police department is a big part of their community and are there for them when they need it.”

Police cadets are volunteer positions available to qualified people age 16 through 21 (some exceptions may be made to 15-year-olds with a valid driver’s permit).

Much like an apprentice, cadets learn about law enforcement by observing police procedures. Sponsored by the Milwaukie Police Department, cadets participate in police training and ride with the sworn police officers.

Speakers show eighth-graders career options

School is more relevant if students can see how it relates to their career interests. To help eighth-graders explore their options, Gladstone’s Kraxberger Middle School offers an elective on Career Exploration.

The class includes presentations by a series of guest speakers from the community. Presentations this term include a drone pilot, a caterer and a small business owner, as well as a submarine electrician and an employee of the Port of Portland.

Last week, Megan Schaper spoke to the group about her work as a professional musician. She described a wide range of jobs she had experienced, from choral conductor, recording artist, and music teacher to her current role as an administrator with the Youth Music Project, a nonprofit that provides free music lessons to low-income students.

“This is a fun opportunity for students to think about what roles interest them,” said teacher Barb Coffey. “This helps students choose high school electives with at least a broad goal in mind.”

Join the Shamrock Team, support education

Verne Duncan Elementary’s Shamrock Team tradition is now in its fourth year. Last year its team was one of the 10 largest to participate, and organizers are looking to make it even bigger this year. With more than 150 people on the team last year, it earned more than $700 for the North Clackamas Education Foundation.

“Share the team number (6100) with your friends, coworkers and family, and help us continue to be one of the largest groups participating in this wonderful event,” said Principal Mason Branstetter. “When you register as part of a team, your registration is discounted by a few dollars. If you know of anyone who has already signed up, we can move their name to our team by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and making the request.”

Register by visiting All race materials will be sent to Verne Duncan Elementary for pickup. Registration deadline is at 11:59 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31.

Gladstone to launch elementary book clubs

John Wetten fourth- and fifth-graders will have the opportunity to participate in book groups this winter and spring, thanks to a $600 grant from First Book.

The grant will provide each participant with six titles the group can read together. Each child will keep the books at the conclusion of the club.

“This is a fun way to reinforce the reading skills we teach in class,” explained Principal Wendy Wilson. “Kids can practice using evidence in the text to support their interpretation.”

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