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Donation makes up a sizeable chunk of the supplies available to students at the Newberg school

GRAPHIC FILE PHOTO - The Newberg Community Band donated more than 40 boxes of school supplies and other items to a Newberg middle school recently.

At its fall concert on Nov. 21, the Newberg Community Band had a surprise to unveil. The band hauled out roughly 40 boxes filled with everything from school supplies to clothing, all to be donated to the resource room at Chehalem Valley Middle School.

The action drew applause and elation from school administrators in attendance. The donation includes a hefty amount of supplies that will help children in need in the community.

The band – comprised of local adults – has been practicing in the CVMS band room for the past two years and saw the massive donation as a way to give back to the school. Band members also take time to help out the music classes at CVMS and Mountain View Middle School, providing guidance to students on which instruments to choose.

The donation, according to CVMS band director David Sanders, is going to make a significant difference to those in the community who might not be able to afford some essential items.

"We were just overwhelmed by the number of boxes," Sanders said. "Forty medium-sized boxes were delivered and they had everything from school supplies to clothes to food. It was all there and it's such a great resource for our students to have."

The resource room provides supplies and essential items for students in need. Students can make an appointment, come in and ask for items free of charge that they can use.

The room is named "Susan's Closet" at CVMS after a longtime counselor at the school who decided to retire after her third breast cancer diagnosis. The counselor often spoke about starting a resource room at the school and Sanders said it was always one of her dreams.

Newberg Community Band saw that CVMS had this room and decided the best way to return the favor of rehearsing there was to provide for some of the school's most vulnerable students.

"The community band saw a need and delivered," Sanders said. "They had been using the band room here to rehearse and they wanted to surprise us with a donation, and when they announced the donation to our resource room, I was blown away.

"It was a really nice gesture, especially this time of year. We're entering a holiday season where people are in need more than ever and this will do wonders for them. We often take for granted the basic things in life and this helps the kids and families who need those things."

For more information on the resource room or to donate, call the school at 503-554-4600.


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