Happy Valley race nets $3K for needy families; CCC: Great place for veterans; Google 'evangelist' to visit Clackamas; Career day held at OCHS; Adopt-a-Family holiday giving underway; Education Foundation grants benefit Gladstone kids

On Nov. 16, first responders and local Happy Valley principals took to the grocery store aisles to put together the best Thanksgiving meals while PHOTO COURTESY: STEVE CAMPBELL - North Clackamas principals and first responders from Clackamas Fire and Happy Valley police show off their carts on Nov. 16. The carts went up for auction later that day.benefitting two north Clackamas programs.

During a five-minute shopping spree, participants from North Clackamas School District, Happy Valley police and Clackamas Fire had the opportunity to raise money for two organizations dedicated to serving those in need, Operation Santa and the Wichita Center.

"It was a fast and wild race, with screeching shopping-cart wheels and a couple glass-jar casualties, during the quick sprint," said Steve Campbell, event organizer and Happy Valley community safety director.

The contents of the carts were later auctioned off through a 24-hour Facebook campaign, and after a last-minute bidding war, the contents of both carts were sold for a total of $3,000.

City Councilor David Golobay and his family provided the winning bid of $1,000 for the Happy Valley principals' cart. Their donation will go to the Wichita Center, which supports children in need throughout the North Clackamas School District. Diana Helm, a former Damascus mayor who recently requested her property be annexed into Happy Valley, offered the winning bid of $2,000 for the cart put together by the first responders. Her donation will go directly to Operation Santa, Clackamas Fire's holiday food and toy drive which supports families in need in Clackamas County.

The Happy Valley Fred Meyer volunteered to donate all food items so every dollar that was brought in through the auction will go directly to the Wichita Center and Operation Santa. In addition, the Golobay family donated their food to the Wichita Center to make special holiday baskets.

The donation check and food were delivered to the Wichita Center on Nov. 21, just in time for Thanksgiving. Operation Santa received proceeds from the sale of the First Responder cart on Nov. 22, timing it perfectly with the kick-off of the 2018 Operation Santa season.

Operation Santa has been a part of Clackamas Fire District #1 since 1974. After recognizing the need to provide toys and food baskets to families in their community, firefighters established Operation Santa Claus. The project has grown to be a month-long holiday toy and food drive sponsored by the Clackamas Emergency Services Foundation.

Steve Hoffeditz, public information officer for Clackamas Fire District #1 said, "Last year's Operation Santa collected nearly 42,000 pounds of food and over 7,000 toys to serve over 2,000 citizens."

Highlights of the Operation Santa program are the 15 community parades that are held throughout the service district. Volunteers and employees lead Santa's sleigh in parades down neighborhood streets to collect toys and nonperishable food items to fill hundreds of food baskets for families in need.

Santa and his team of Clackamas firefighters held the first parade on Nov. 24, and the parades are continuing nearly every night after that through Dec. 10. Those who want to see Santa and his Clackamas Fire team are invited to visit for a full schedule and parade routes.

CCC: Great place for veterans

Military Times has once again named Clackamas Community College one of the best schools in the nation for veterans in its Best for Vets: Colleges 2018 rankings.

The colleges are ranked in three categories: four-year, two-year and online/nontraditional. CCC ranked fourth nationwide for two-year colleges; last year CCC ranked second.

Military Times evaluates the many factors that make colleges and universities a good fit for service members, military veterans and their families. More than 600 colleges took part in this year's survey.

"Our veterans are an integral part of our student body here at Clackamas Community College," CCC President Joanne Truesdell said. "Our VET Center often serves as the first point of contact for veterans and their families. Our staff and veteran student workers provide the continuity, connection and support they need. Additionally, our Military Families Scholarship Endowment provides much needed financial aid to initiate and sustain their academic goals."

In honor of Truesdell's dedication to veterans and her service to the college, the CCC Foundation is renaming the endowment to the Joanne Truesdell Military Families Scholarship Endowment. To learn more or to donate, visit

CCC is proud to serve veterans with a range of services, including the VET (Veterans Education and Training) Center on the Oregon City Campus, which is staffed with full-time veteran advocates. For more information about CCC's Veteran Education and Training Center, call 503-594-3438 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Google 'evangelist' to visit Clackamas

On Dec. 7, join Clackamas Education Service District officials and learn how to harness technology to support — not detract from — excellent schools.

The ESD will host Google's Chief Education Evangelist Jaime Casap for a keynote "Beyond devices" speech at 9 a.m., alongside other innovative education experts working to enhance teaching and learning.

The event runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, at the Clackamas ESD headquarters, 13455 S.E. 97th Ave.

Registration is $50 in-county, $100 out-of-county.

Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit to register.

Career day held at OCHS

Earlier this month 37 adult professionals visited Oregon City High school to speak to students about their careers. Students had the opportunity to learn and ask questions of the visitors.

The Nov. 15 career day was part of an expanded effort to connect student interests to possible future careers. There were various activities created to illustrate different professions and specific jobs.

"Our Career Spotlight gave students the opportunity to interact with real-world professionals about what they do and the education or experience required for the job," said Principal Tom Lovell. "Students also could ask questions and get a feel for what jobs looked like on a day-to-day basis."

The professionals covered how much education was required for their jobs, what skills were most valuable and answered the students top questions about perks and salaries.

The event helped expose students to unique career options available in engineering, marketing, automotive, manufacturing, fashion, finance and technology, just to name a few. Based on the engagement and feedback from the students, the day was marked as a success and will be repeated and expanded next year.

Adopt-a-Family holiday giving underway

Four groups are joining efforts on a holiday giving project that will serve over 100 Gladstone families this December. Partners include the Gladstone Fire Department, Gladstone Schools, Kiwanis of Gladstone/Oak Grove and Gladstone/Oak Lodge Rotary.

The group seeks donations of nonperishable foods and toys as well as gloves, hats, and blankets. Blue donation barrels are at these Gladstone locations:

Gladstone Public Library

Gladstone Police Department

U.S. Bank

Latus Motors

YMCA child care center

Baskin Robbins

Mr. Rooter

Air Stream

Somerset Retirement Community

Hamilton's Appliance

Gladstone Family Dental

Education Foundation grants benefit Gladstone kids

This month the Gladstone Education Foundation awarded nearly $21,000 to support 19 school and community projects.

"Thanks to the success of our auction in October, we were able to award nearly $6,000 more than planned," said GEF President Terry Marsh. "We are so grateful to the staff and community members who attended and supported that event."

Funding went to all four schools in the district as well as two non-profits, the Clackamas Bookshelf and the Gladstone Kids Clothes Closet.  The grants will provide funding to support technology in the classroom, technology in the library, art equipment, science materials, construction materials, learning tools for ELL students, photography equipment, weights for high school students, master clinicians for band students at two schools and more.

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