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Gresham flies Juneteenth flag over City Hall; Centennial School District offers summer programs

COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF GRESHAM - The Juneteenth flag has been raised above Gresham City Hall. Gresham recognizes Juneteenth

Gresham city leadership has once again raised the Juneteenth flag to fly above City Hall, 1333 N.W. Eastman Parkway, this month in support of the Black community and to recognize the historical importance of the day.

Last year, Gresham Council unanimously voted to fly the flag, through a motion made by former Councilor Jerry Hinton to recognize a holiday honoring the historical and ongoing struggles of the Black community.

Juneteenth — observed on June 19 — honors the abolition of slavery in the United States and remembers those who had been kept in chains until June 1865, despite the conclusion of the Civil War in April and the passage of the Emancipation Proclamation years earlier.

The Juneteenth flag has red, white and blue to invoke the American flag, with a prominent star in the middle representing the freedom of Black citizens in all 50 states.

The city is also co-sponsoring a community Juneteenth event alongside nonprofit Beyond Black. More details will be released in the coming weeks.

Gresham-Barlow commits to in-person schooling

The Gresham-Barlow School District announced it will offer full-time, in-person instruction, five days a week, for the 2021-22 school year.

While planning to follow requirements and guidance issued by the Oregon Health Authority, Multnomah County Health Department and Oregon Department of Education — the district believes by Sept. 1 many restrictions will no longer be in place.

All students, grades K-12, will be returning to their enrolled schools this fall. There will be some flexible online instruction available based on individual needs.

Discuss housing investments

Community members are welcome to join an East County Issue Forum dedicated to discussing recent housing and housing service investments occurring in Multnomah County.

The gathering is hosted by Commissioner Lori Stegmann, and will include presentations by housing experts. The virtual meeting will be at 3 p.m. Thursday, June 10. Register at bit.ly/34JHCTR

Centennial's Summer of Fun

The Centennial School District is offering summer programming for elementary and middle schoolers.

"Our mission at Centennial is always to provide our students with the best opportunities for success and we are hopeful that the summer programs will be a positive, educational, and vibrant resource for our school community amidst a very turbulent year," says Jenny Lucas, Curriculum & Student Learning program administrator.

Programs include:

- Elementary school — June 28-July 23

Students in grades K-5 are invited to participate in a full-day program that includes academic learning experiences and enrichment activities, with lunch included. Students may attend only the morning session or the full day. Priority will be given to students who had limited attendance or engagement during the 2020-21 school year.

Programs and activities run from 9:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. weekdays, at Parklane for students attending Parklane, Oliver and Patrick Lynch; and Butler Creek for students attending Butler Creek, Pleasant Valley, Meadows and Powell Butte

- Middle school — June 28-July 16

Students will experience integrated learning opportunities in a project-based environment. Each week will focus on a different field of study, culminating in Friday field trips or on-site event days. Open to incoming 7th and 8th graders,

from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. weekdays at Centennial High School, 3505 S.E. 182nd Ave., Gresham.

For more details and registration information visit csd28j.org/Page/894.


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