Boy Scout Troop 259, led by one of their members, Camden Fobert, 17, who was working on his Eagle Scout rank requirements, collected books for The Clackamas Bookshelf.

SUBMITTED PHOTOS - Camden Fobert stands proudly with the more than 3,500 books he helped collect for the Clackamas Bookshelf.The Clackamas Bookshelf, based in Gladstone next to Kraxberger Middle School, provides free books to low-income children in Clackamas County with the understanding that widespread access to books offers positive, long-term benefits to the entire community.

Fobert took on the book drive project with a goal of collecting at least 500 books for the organization. The results were overwhelming, with more than 3,500 books collected, at least half of them children’s books.

Members of Troop 259 went door to door on May 7, with fliers and bags, asking residents in the area surrounding Kraxberger to leave out books near their front doors for pickup the following weekend.

They returned May 14 to collect, count, separate out the children’s books, and stack them for the Clackamas Bookshelf.

“Over 10 years ago when I started as a Tiger Cub Scout, I wanted to be like my great-grandpa,” Fobert said. “He was an Eagle Scout, and I always liked hearing his scouting stories.”

Clinic cleans kids’ teeth for free

Dental Hygienist Tina Mitchell celebrates a clean bill of health for Isaac AhYou.Bringing in an extra hygienist to be able to provide free check-ups and cleanings to more kids, Dr. Richard AhYou’s dental clinic in Oregon City was full on May 21 throughout extended hours.

This was be the second time AhYou has offered a free kids day. The first one didn’t fill up, but AhYou distributed more fliers to local classrooms this time to receive the great response.

AhYou will be hosting more clinics throughout the school year, with the next one being this fall. He also volunteers for other organizations that set up larger clinics where the materials and time are donated.

For more information and to get on the waiting list for the next free clinic, visit

Rotarians support Rowe boat building

Rowe Middle School students load the boat onto a moving trailer.The Rotary Club of Clackamas donated funds to help support a program at Rowe Middle School to build a boat and gain some new skills to help them become better students.

Rowe teacher Jill Altman, Peter Crimm, who runs the Wind Oar Boat School, and three Rowe students presented at the May 12 Rotary Club meeting. They talked about the math workshop for seventh and eighth graders who are challenged in some areas of math. A class of just under 20 students built an 11-by-4-foot skiff.

Altman said, “the program made math come alive for the students. The project took nine weeks. There was a lot of buzz and excitement throughout the school for the project. Students learned to use saws, drills, tape measures, hammers, glue, math, fractions, division, to work in teams, figure out problems and more.

“The project seemed to strengthen the students’ engagement with school, develop math skills, apply learning and develop social skills. At one point there was a break in the bow so students became engineers to fix it.”

Student honored in graphic design

Riley GreeneRiley Greene, a senior at Gladstone High School, was recognized among the top designers in a regional graphic design poster contest sponsored by Pacific Printing Industries, the visual communications industries association.

Printers from six states submit their premier print samples to be judged by a panel of industry experts. The competition is open to all students in print, graphic design, and related studies in high school and college.

“Riley is a very talented graphic designer,” said graphic design instructor Brenden Thwing. “He has taken all three graphic design courses at Gladstone High and has always produced professional work.”

Bowls for charity

Students creating ceramic bowls to benefit the Oregon Food Bank included freshman Jonathan Mach (left) and sophomore Savannah Gage. On Friday, May 20, a visual art show at Clackamas High School featured “Clay for a Cause.”

Attendees made a donation for popcorn to receive a bowl, and all profits went to the Oregon Food Bank. This was CHS teacher Linda Kieling’s version of the international Empty Bowls project in which artists make bowls for charitable causes.

Come share your dream for education

Oregon Rising is a statewide conversation focused on hearing what kind of education you want the kids in your community to receive. It is a nonpartisan effort not related to a bond or ballot measure. Oregon Rising simply asks about your dream for Oregon’s kids.

Oregon Rising is made possible by the memberships of the state’s organizations for teachers and educators, superintendents, administrators and elected school board members: COSA, OSBA and OEA. Join them for one of the following community meetings (beginning at 6:30 p.m.):

1. Wednesday, May 25, at the Schellenberg Commons, 14450 S.E. Johnson Road, Milwaukie

2. Wednesday, May 25, at the Gladstone Center for Children & Families, 18905 Portland Ave.

3. Wednesday, May 31 at John Wetten Elementary: 250 E. Exeter Street

If you cannot attend a meeting, give your feedback at

GHS career-technical programs funded

The animation, marketing, and engineering classes at Gladstone High School won $10,760 in grant funding from the Clackamas Career Technical Education Consortium.

The funds will provide the school with a virtual welder and color printers to expand learning opportunities in all three courses.

Gladstone High School offers 36 on-site career-technical courses, many with opportunities to earn college credit.