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Service-club members partner with Clackamas Bookshelf at Gladstone Center where families pick up free meals

Gladstone/Oak Lodge Rotarians recently gave away three $1,500 scholarships and free books to 135 children.

Service-club members partnered with Clackamas Bookshelf to give away free books at the Gladstone Center for Children & Families, where families can come to pick up free meals from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesdays, through Aug. 12. COURTESY PHOTO - Rotarians Jal Duncan and Bryce Colson prepare to hand out free children's books with help from the Clackamas Bookshelf's Katy Preston."Each child received 12 age-appropriate books," said Rotarian Leslie Robinette. "Our goal is to keep kids reading all summer so they're ready for school next fall."

The club additionally awarded $1,500 scholarships to three local graduates starting college this fall. Scholarship winner Polina Kuleshova of Rex Putnam High School plans to attend Portland State University to study architecture. Gladstone High School graduate Ashbie Snowden will attend the Oregon Tech's Portland Metro Campus with the intention of becoming a paramedic. New Urban High School valedictorian Natalie Jones plans to attend Clackamas Community College to study nursing.


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