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Students turn out for day of service; Gladstone hosts regional robotics fair; Russians to visit CCC; volunteers needed

Despite persistent rain, 132 students and staff from Gladstone High School turned out Oct. 19 to help with the school's seventh-annual Give-It-Back Day, which shows gratitude for community support of Gladstone schools and sports teams.

COURTESY PHOTOS - Freshmen Jonas and Noah Porter spread bark mulch on paths at the Gladstone Nature Park, part of Gladstone High School's annual day of community service.School athletes joined student leaders from the Key Club, Student Senate and National Honor Society to fan out to 30 different sites to tackle yard work for elderly neighbors and help with park projects.

"The folks we helped were excited to have the students drop by," said event organizer Lynnda Prom. "This event is as much about getting to know our elderly neighbors as it is about helping them with outdoor chores."

Gladstone hosts regional robotics fair

For the 10th straight year, Gladstone High School hosted the region's largest robotics fair, drawing over 400 teens and coaches from across the Northwest.

The day-long event on Oct. 19 gave coaches, mentors and students a chance to come together to teach and take classes from wiring techniques, grant writing, and welding to mechanics, 3D printing and Java programming.

Robotics enthusiasts select electronics components at Gladstone's 10th annual FIRST Fair, which provides workshops to high school teams from across Oregon."These skill development classes are an excellent resource for strengthening teams," said Gladstone robotics coach Steve Stewart. "We've got three competitive robotics teams in Gladstone, and we are proud to host this event that draws students from across the state."

Russians to visit CCC

Five Russian educational leaders will spend Nov. 1-9 in Oregon examining "Online and Blended Learning for Universities and Secondary Schools." Clackamas Community College will host the delegation, which will be accompanied by a bicultural facilitator and an interpreter.

The visiting delegates are educators from Northern (Artic) Federal University, Tyumen State University, St. Petersburg branch of the National Research University, Vladimir State University and the International School of Programming.

While in Oregon, the Open World delegation is scheduled to visit Oregon State University, Portland State University and the Lumen Learning organization. The Clackamas Community College Small Business Development Center will demonstrate its statewide teleconferencing system. Delegates will learn about open educational resources and will present to the Oregon Community College Distance Learning Association. Delegates will also meet with U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer's staff to learn about the U.S. legislative process.

Homestays will allow the Open World Leadership Center delegates to experience American family life. They will also take part in several cultural and community activities, including a Portland Spirit cruise.

More than 27,000 current and future leaders from post-Soviet era countries have participated in the Open World program. To learn more, visit openworld.gov.

Volunteers needed to read with kids

Oregon's national award-winning program SMART is seeking volunteers to spend an hour each week reading one-on-one with children in Gladstone, North Clackamas and Oregon City. The program helps children from age 4 to 8 develop a love of reading and a connection with an adult mentor. Each child participating gets a free book each month.

Volunteers are needed in most areas of the county, and Gladstone is looking for volunteers at John Wetten Elementary or the Gladstone Center for Children & Families.

"The kids are full of energy, and reading with them is something I look forward to every week," said Chuck Orwig, a volunteer from the Gladstone/Oak Lodge Rotary Club. "I hope others will get involved in SMART to share their love of books. It's fun, and it makes a real difference in student success."

To ,olunteer in the metro area, call 971-634-1628 or sign up at SMARTreading.org.


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