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After a two-year pause, Wilsonville residents are invited to discard unneeded confidential papers.

Just in time for spring cleaning, students at Meridian Creek Middle School will host their annual Shred Day Saturday, April 23, giving Wilsonville community members the chance to safely dispose of confidential documents.

The annual Shred Day event dates back almost a decade, making its first appearance at Wood Middle School after then-teacher Kemble Schnell thought of the idea as a way for students to get more leadership experience.

Schnell joined the Meridian Creek team as a seventh-grade math teacher not long after, and Shred Day became a tradition for the Mustangs. The middle school staff has partnered with Academy Mortgage, which provides the space, truck and equipment to make the event possible.

The event is first-come, first-served due to limited space in the shredder truck.

Community members are invited to bring confidential documents they might not want to recycle whole, such as bank statements, tax forms or financial bills. The materials will be securely shredded on-site and then recycled off campus.

The event is a chance for students to learn valuable leadership skills while also giving back to their community, Schnell said. The event is free but people can donate money to the school, which will go toward advancing curriculum through outdoor education, field trips or classroom supplies. In previous years, the students raised more than $2,000 for their school.

"It's a great way for students to help their community out," Schnell said. "It's going to be a really fun person-to-person event in the community. So come join us and bring your shred."

If you go

What: Shred Day

When: 1-3 p.m. Saturday, April 23

Where: Academy Mortgage, 29100 S.W. Town Center Loop West, Wilsonville


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