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Students, teachers host various events for needy families throughout district

Oregon City schools have been filled with heart-warming stories, as events have ranged from food drives to fulfilling holiday wishes.

Gardiner Middle School students, families and staff collected over 1,200 cans of food. Ogden Middle School has combined its can drive with the KGW Toy Drive, and Oregon City High School students and staff filled barrels with cans. 

Oregon City middle schools — along with the OCHS choir and band — put on various holiday events for the community.

COURTESY PHOTO - Julie Peters works with Angels in the Outfield at the Holiday Store in Oregon City.Each year the district hosts a Holiday Center that allows selected students who might not otherwise get the chance to come and shop for their families.

Angels in the Outfield, along with Clackamas Women's Services, hosted a holiday store to provide gifts for the children of domestic abuse survivors and children impacted by abuse, neglect and crime.

Candy Lane/Jennings Lodge, Oregon City's bilingual magnet program for elementary-age students, participated in three projects this season. The Gingerbread Man Gift Giving project supported 55 families. Meal Angel envelopes were posted, and all donations will help pay for outstanding meal accounts. About $900 was collected for the project, including an anonymous donation of $500. The third project was called Book Stars where the school sent home a new bilingual book to support Spanish reading skills during the winter break. 

Holcomb and Redland elementary students and staff made blankets for homeless kids through the OC Snuggle Project, which was held at Ogden Middle School, as well as fulfilling needs and wishes of children in need through the Secret Snowflakes Project. Holcomb also participated in a drive to collect socks and underwear to donate to local shelters during this cold season.

Gaffney Lane Elementary's Giving Tree partnered with Bloomin' Boutique to make new clothing deliveries to families in need.

John McLoughlin Elementary hosted a Holiday Craft Bazaar as a fundraiser for its parent-teacher-student organization.


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