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Grants for school gardens, a food drive, a district clothes closet and recognition for youth volunteers

American Heart Association offering grants for school gardens

The American Heart Association is getting children excited about eating healthy foods through Teaching Gardens — real-life learning labs where students can learn what it means to be healthy. And you and your school can participate.

They want every child to develop healthy eating habits, have access to nutritious foods and understand where fruits and vegetables come from. That's where the Teaching Gardens Network comes in. You'll get a hands-on learning experience through school garden support and standards-based curriculum.

The garden grant program is now accepting applications for the 2019-2020 school year. Participating schools get access to free gardening resources, a national garden network, name recognition on our Teaching Gardens Network website and a certificate of participation.

Teaching Gardens Network grants are made possible by Kelly Meyer, founder of OneSun Fund, and Gail Becker, CEO of Caulipower.

Just review the rules, join the Teaching Gardens Network and apply for garden grant at this link no later than Oct. 11, 2019 at 5 p.m. EST. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Applications open for Oregon's top youth volunteers

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards is looking for Oregon's top youth volunteers of the year.

Students in grades 5-12 are invited to apply for 2020 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards if they have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service within the past 12 months. The application is available at www.spirit.prudential.com and www.nassp.org/spirit. Applications are being accepted now through Nov. 5, 2019.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), was created in 1995 to recognize the exemplary volunteer work of middle level and high school students. Since then, Prudential Spirit of Community Awards have been given to more than 130,000 middle and high school students across the country at the local, state and national level.

"We've honored young people from three generations since this program began, and while the world has changed many times over, one thing has stayed the same: Young volunteers are doing remarkable, meaningful work to address the challenges facing their communities," said Charles Lowrey, chairman and CEO of Prudential Financial, Inc. "As we enter our 25th year, we remain inspired by these young people and their stories of service, and hope that they'll inspire others to get involved, too."

Banner Bank food drive benefits HFO

Banner Bank is collecting nonperishable food donations for the Hunger Fighters Oregon (HFO) Food Pantry during the month of September at the bank's Lake Oswego locations. The two local branches are at 412 A Ave., Suite 100; and 16099 Boones Ferry Road.

Banner Bank is collecting food at all of its branches with the food going to a local pantry.

HFO is a nonprofit with a food pantry located at 2301 Hazel Road in a home next to Lake Oswego High School. Learn more at www.hungerfightersoregon.org.

ILoveLakeOswego starts the year strong

ILoveLakeOswego, an organization founded by Lake Oswego students to benefit families who cannot regularly afford to buy new clothes, has helped 11 people so far. The group is made up of middle and high school students in the district who believe that everyone has the right to feel comfortable and confident in their clothing, despite possible financial barriers. The clothes closet is currently located in a storage facility in Lake Grove, but clothes can be donated at the Lake Oswego Public Library.

"The closet is off to a wonderful start," says Lena Wehn, a senior at Lake Oswego High School who manages public relations for the organization. "We are so grateful to the community for supporting us so generously."

Wehn says that in addition to creating a sense of belonging, clothing also allows for self-expression. "Everyone is entitled to the same availability of self expression clothing grants us — we don't want financial burden to hinder that," Wehn said. "We will help anyone in need within the Lake Oswego school district, regardless of circumstances."

ILoveLakeOswego also offers haircuts and basic salon services. If you are interested in either donating or receiving clothing or basic hygiene products from iLoveLakeOswego, visit www.ilovelakeoswego.com. All correspondence is anonymous. In addition to boys clothes of all sizes, iLoveLakeOswego is currently looking for new and gently used clean clothes size 5t-adult, new socks, underwear, and personal hygiene products such as shampoo, body wash, deodorant, tooth brushes, toothpaste, and lotion. Donations can be taken to the Lake Oswego Public Library (706 4th St, Lake Oswego).


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