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Members of education foundations stuff 80 backpacks with pencils, notebooks and other items to support distance learning

COURTESY PHOTO: MULTNOMAH EDUCATION SERVICE DISTRICT - Frieda Christopher, David Douglas school board and education foundation member, working on the backpack project.

Learning from home is rough when you don't have a home, so the Gresham-Barlow and David Douglas education foundations stepped up to make distance learning a little easier for unhoused students.

Members of the Gresham-Barlow and David Douglas education foundations, along with staff from Multnomah Education Services District, packed and delivered 80 backpacks stuffed with notebooks, pencils and other supplies for students ages 2 to 18.

Because of the novel coronavirus pandemic, students have been learning from home with distance learning since Gov. Kate Brown required it starting April 13.

The Gresham group provided the supplies for the effort.

"Gresham-Barlow Education Foundation was pleased to provide these supplies to students in need," said Vicki Moen, executive director of the Gresham-Barlow Education Foundation.

On May 11, students living at three East Multnomah County shelters received backpacks filled with school supplies to support their distance learning,

Districts learned that students staying in local houseless shelters needed school supplies from Multnomah Education Service District Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Sarah Phillips and Frieda Christopher, David Douglas school board and education foundation member.

COURTESY PHOTO: MULTNOMAH EDUCATION SERVICE DISTRICT - Steve Lewis, a director of the Gresham-Barlow Education Foundation, fills a backpack to support unhoused students in distance learning.


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