The clubs, which began 25 years ago, are now in 15 Portland-area schools and 20 other schools are interested.

COURTESY SPARROW CLUBS USA - Tamberly Couch, left, a Walters Family Foundation Board Member, stands next to Laura Queen, a Sparrow Clubs USA Portland program director who won the first Queen Award for Excellence in the Art of Positive Change, and Cliff Walter, who is the president of the Walters Family Foundation.                           Laura Queen, who represents Sparrows Clubs USA in the Portland area, was recently awarded the Walters Family Foundation's Queen Award for Excellence in the Art of Positive Change. The award, presented July 17, includes a $10,000 grant to be used by Sparrow Clubs USA, which is headquartered in Bend.

Sparrow Clubs provide financial and emotional support for children and families in medical need while empowering young people to help others through charitable service.

Sparrow Clubs have been established at Sherwood, Tigard, Tualatin and Aloha high schools.

The Walters Family Foundation is a private foundation which provides support to organizations that take care of human services and needs throughout the United States. It's named on behalf of Glenn and Viola Walters who owned a nursery in Sherwood.

The Queen Award is granted only to a recipient with exemplary commitment to the vision and mission of service for at-risk individuals. Queen's name was added to the beginning of the award because of her tireless dedication to the work of the Sparrow Clubs USA – Portland and its impact on the lives of students, according to a news release. The award will continue to bear her name in perpetuity.

Although Sparrow Clubs has been in existence for 25 years as of 2019, the organization has only recently begun to increase its reach across the Portland area.

Queen said 15 schools in Portland and around Oregon participate in Sparrow Club activities and another 20 are waiting to get the program started at their schools. Queen said two co-presidents of the Tigard High School Sparrow Club, spoke at the July 17 luncheon, pointing out how profoundly having Sherwood's Mya Muckey as last year's "sparrow" has affected their lives.

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