Recreation program offers classes for all ages; Gladstone summer program provided free lunch, activities

As families prepare for fall, the Community Schools programs in Gladstone and Oregon City offer a wealth of recreation and learning opportunities for youth and adults.

"From basketball skills and dance classes to water aerobics, martial arts and driver education, we offer over 150 fall options at an affordable price," said Gladstone coordinator Jennifer Ingram. "Whether you want to learn Spanish, yoga, cooking or first-aid, adults and kids will find a class to meet their needs."

A course catalog and online registration are available for Gladstone at and for Oregon City at

Gladstone summer program provided free lunch, activities

Gladstone schools provided nearly 3,500 free lunches to children and teens this summer as part of a federally funded food program. The meals were served at Kraxberger Middle School and the Gladstone Center for Chlldren & Families.

PHOTO COURTESY: LESLIE ROBINETTE - Rotary President Steve Leitz presents Gladstone High School graduate Andrew Prom with a $1,500 scholarship from the Gladstone/Oak Lodge Rotary. Prom plans to attend Oregon State University this fall."Between the two sites, we fed an average of 102 kids per day," said head cook Lynn Aleksich. "Thanks to our volunteer, Susie Chapman, we were able to serve fresh produce from the school garden and provide families with free vegetables to take home."

Both sites offered youth activities in addition to meals. Kraxberger hosted a middle school enrichment program and robotics workshops, while the GCCF hosted Gladstone Public Library's opera, symphony, reptile and border-collie shows for kids.

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