Kelso Community Club prepares to host 40-year anniversary party for school on Aug. 29

Before it was one of five elementary schools in the Oregon Trail School District, Kelso Elementary was its own one-room, K-12 district.

In obsrvance of the school's 40 years of growth and education in the community, the Kelso Community Club is preparing a birthday bash for 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29.

"We wanted to plan a fun community event where Kelso's past, present and future can be celebrated," said Club President Tamie Kuhn.

Included in the festivities will be a bounce house, ball pit, community resource fair and more. There will also be food trucks present serving dinner for purchase and, of course, birthday cake.

At 5:30 p.m. parents of current students can also get into the school to meet teachers, and this event will mark the debut of the school's new jogging path, a project fundraised for by the community club last school year.

"We have a very involved group of families invested in their students' success here," Kuhn said of how Kelso sets itself apart in the district.

The event is not exclusively for Kelso parents and students. All from the Boring and Sandy communities are welcome to attend.

Mayor Stan Pulliam and several members of the Oregon Trail School Board of Directors plan to be present, and the new principal at Kelso, Spencer McEwen will also be there to meet and greet with the community.

"(This event is about) bringing our community together," Kuhn added. "It's not a fundraiser. It's just a chance to come together and have fun."

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