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Hunger Fighters finds new home, district to hold educational events, groundbreaking of LJH

Hunger Fighters Oregon to move to LOHS

The future of Hunger Fighters Oregon (HFO), a food pantry currently housed at Lakeridge Junior High, has been settled — at least temporarily. Hunger Fighters members say they were once uncertain about the future of the food pantry, due to the impending remodel of Lakeridge Junior High. Space for HFO was not included in the original rendering of the remodel, and the district was concerned about the cost of housing the large food pantry in the brand new building.

Now, the matter has been put to rest, at least temporarily, thanks to cooperation between HFO and Lake Oswego School District administration.

Superintendent Michael Musick worked with HFO to come up with a solution befitting of both parties. The HFO food pantry will be moved to Lake Oswego High School for the duration of the summer. "There will be no missing any food schedules," said Musick. "The assurance is that we will have no slippage in service. We will make sure of that, working with the Hunger Fighters."

Hunger Fighters Oregon provides food and hygiene products for less fortunate families in the Lake Oswego community. The food pantry is open every other Saturday from 1-3 p.m.

Musick said that after the summer, the district will be working with HFO to determine whether the program should return to Lakeridge Junior High, or find another permanent home. Musick said that HFO is important to the district, and they hope to help them succeed. "We're always going to have the program," he said. "That is the goal."

For more information on Hunger Fighters Oregon, visit www.hungerfightersoregon.org.

District to host community learning events

The Lake Oswego School District is holding a number of "LO Learns" community events this month. According to Director of

Communications Christine Moses, the events are a chance to hear from the experts about what is happening in the schools.

The following events will be held in April:

Social-Emotional and Mental Health in School: Tuesday, April 9, 7 to 8 p.m. at the Westridge Elementary School library (3400 Royce Way). The guest speakers will be school counselors Diana Grindea (K-5), Marcy Watts (6-8), and Lee Brown (9-12).

School Safety and SRO Duties: Saturday, April 20, 11 a.m. to noon at Oak Creek Elementary (55 Kingsgate Road). Guest speakers include School Resource Officer Bryan Sheldon and Dale Jorgensen, Lake Oswego's Chief of Police.

STEM/Computer Science in the 21st Century: Saturday, April 27, 10 to 11 a.m. at Forest Hill Elementary (1133 Andrews Road). The guest speakers will be Teachers on Special Assignment (TOSAs) Larry Zurcher and Chris Hesselbein.

Date is set for groundbreaking

of the new Lakeridge Junior High

The groundbreaking ceremony for the new Lakeridge Junior High will take place at the site Thursday, April 11 at 5 p.m.

The school is being rebuilt as part of the $187 million bond measure approved by voters in May 2017. Estimated cost of the new 141,000-square-foot junior high: $68.2 million.

Demolition of the former Bryant Elementary School on the site began in January, and if all goes according to plan, students and staff should be able to move in during late summer 2020 and start the fall term in their new school.

More details to come on the groundbreaking ceremony as they are released. For information about the new junior high and the school bond, visit www.losdschools.org/bond/.

— The Review


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