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Northwest Christian Church enlisted the help of local coffee shops in the effort

School is back in session and it's a stressful time for students as they meander from one new class to the other and navigate the challenges of elementary, middle and high school. That stress is the same and sometimes greater for parents and staff, who are scrambling to create the best possible experience for youngsters.

Northwest Christian Church – formerly Newberg Christian Church – recognized the need for parents and staff to receive a little boost, so they decided to give out free coffee to them as class began at area elementary schools Tuesday. A group led by associate pastor Nathan Lawler handed out free drinks donated by local coffee shops.

"Every year we go out and do this," Lawler said. "We have gone to a couple schools in the past, but we've never gone to all six schools. This year we reached out to all of them and they were all very enthusiastic about it.

"I started reaching out to coffee shops to see what they can do and many of them have been all over it. It's been really cool talking to them and seeing how much they care about the community. They're eager to be a part of this and support the schools."

Coffee Cat and Starbucks were among the local shops who donated coffee to the endeavor. The idea of coming to the schools and providing this to adults was thought up a few years back when the church was looking for ways to give back to and connect with the community.

This year is the biggest effort yet to help adults out at local elementary schools.

"This is just a way that we want to serve people and let them know we appreciate them," Lawler said. "We know how hard it is for teachers and parents this time of year and the amount of effort the staff put in is tremendous this time of year. We're thinking about and praying for them."

A few school employees go to Northwest Christian Church, so the church already had some relationships to build off of with the district staff. It hopes to build more in the future and continue serving the community in a variety of ways.

"We try to be really intentional about our relationships with the schools," Lawler said. "It's only with the intention that we're here to serve them and ready to help out wherever we can. We have a really good relationship with a lot of these schools."

School briefs

Boosters partner with Life Skills class

Newberg High School boosters are donating half of the concessions proceeds from last Friday's football game directly to the Life Skills program at NHS. The money will be used for Life Skills Prom, an annual event for Life Skills students that is expected to have the financial support of the boosters every year. Other opportunities to donate to the program will be available at future events at the high school, including home football games. For more information, contact Mark Brown at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Off campus info for NHS juniors and seniors

By the end of the day on Sept. 4, all juniors and seniors at Newberg High School should have received their Student ID cards. If those students turned in their off campus release forms by the Aug. 28 deadline, they will have a symbol on their card allowing them to have lunch off campus. Students who plan to submit the form after the deadline need to bring it to the main office in order to receive their sticker, which will allow them to leave campus for lunch.

NHS seeking donations of safety supplies

Newberg High School has maintained a tradition for two years of placing safety buckets in each room across its campus, and it is seeking donations of some of the supplies in order to fill them. The buckets include basic items that fill the needs of students in the event of a lockdown and they exist because evacuations of the building during lockdowns can sometimes take hours. Items include bottled water, hard candies, non-latex disposable gloves and emergency blankets, and any amount of the aforementioned items can be donated to the school.

Volunteers needed for sporting events

The Newberg High School boosters are seeking volunteers to help out with concessions at home sporting events for the Tigers. The football team played its first home game on Friday against South Salem, and the volleyball team opened up its home schedule last Thursday vs. Aloha. For more information on how to sign up as a volunteer at the concessions stands, visit bit.ly/2ZxmaAl.

50th reunion for Newberg High School alumni

The Newberg High School classes of 1968, 1969 and 1970 have a three-day celebration planned to honor the class of 1969's 50th reunion. The festivities begin with an informal gathering at Round Table Pizza on Friday. The next day the alumni will tour the high school and get together later that day at the Sherwood Art Center. On Sunday, alumni can attend a barbecue at Wilder Lake. Those who have not received an invitation or would like more information on the celebration, may contact Allan Hopp at 503-538-3421.


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