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The Newberg School District expressed its appreciation for the community’s involvement

In early December, an anonymous donor gave the Newberg School District funds to pay off the lunch debt of every high school student. Soon after, C3 Church stepped up and paid off the lunch debt for all elementary school students.

"Newberg School District is extremely grateful for all of the ways the wider community provided support to our students and staff over the holidays," District Communications Coordinator Gregg Koskela said. "This is a huge help to these families."

The district received other forms of help from the Newberg and surrounding communities this holiday season as well, particularly from local churches.

Koskela said Newberg Emerging Friends Church and Newberg Christian Church provided food baskets that were delivered to families of students who face food insecurity. In addition, George Fox University students and staff — as well as 3C Church — held gift card drives in their communities, which meant the district was able to place gift cards in each of those food baskets to help families in need. Those cards helped pay for food, clothing and other needs.

The impact of community members and local organizations was evident. Koskela said the district is also thankful to parent groups at its schools who "mobilized support and gave tangible love" to students and staff in the weeks leading up to the holidays.

"This kind of care and support makes lives better for students and their families during this time of year," he said. "It gave a big boost to everyone to feel remembered and cared for. Thank you so much to our community that supports in so many ways — we couldn't be more grateful."

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