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Scouts prepare to gather food

Local Cub and Boy Scouts are out gathering nonperishable food for the Oregon Food Bank.

Cub Scout Pack 177 in Troutdale will knock on doors in the Sweetbriar Elementary neighborhood from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 7. Because they can’t knock on everyone’s door, the Cub Scouts also will have a collection center in the Sweetbriar Elementary parking lot during that time.

For more information, call Elizabeth Monzo, Cub Scouts Pack 177 Wolf Den leader, at 503-504-1829.

Parents plan event with Michael Jackson’s guitarist

Gresham area parents are planning a community event to celebrate and support students from 6-9:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, at the Holiday Inn Hotel, 2752 N.E. Hogan Drive, Gresham.

Hosted by Rising Allusion Music, the event will feature food, games, contests, guest speakers and a performance by Jennifer Batten, the former guitarist for Michael Jackson and Jeff Beck.

Parents are raising money and accepting donations for the event. The first 10 people who donate will be guaranteed front row VIP seating.

For more information, contact Jesse Schmunk at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 971-221-3242. To learn more or make donations, visit gofundme.com/3i7kvk to make donations.

Middle school students support typhoon relief

Dexter McCarty Middle School leadership students are hosting a “text in” to support Red Cross efforts in the Philippines this week.

Students will text “Redcross” to a number and $10 will be donated via their phone bill.

The school has a goal of donating $1,000, or having 100 students and staff members donate.

For more information, call Tom Erickson, science and health teacher, at 503-665-0148.

Gresham High collects food for SnowCap

Leadership students at Gresham High School are collecting nonperishable food for SnowCap Community Charities through this week.

On Thursday, Nov. 21, the public can drop donations from 3-6 p.m. in front of the school. Students have a goal of collecting 1,500 cans of food for the nonprofit organization.

For more information, call senior James Palmiter at 503-939-3662.

MHCC instructor wins teaching award

Nicci Harwood, a Mt. Hood Community College teacher and adviser, has won the Teacher Tribute Initiative award from Stanford University for exceptional teaching.

She was nominated by Tuan Anh Tran Caraballo, a 2013 MHCC graduate and pre-med student who received close to a full-ride scholarship to Stanford University.

As a member of Stanford’s incoming class, Caraballo was invited to acknowledge one former teacher or mentor “who played a significant role in their intellectual, academic, social and personal development.”

“...I can definitely say that Nicci Harwood is a spirit of light; a great soul, because she has made me evolve and grow not only academically, but also personally,” Caraballo wrote. “She has listened to me, and she has given me confidence, guidance and love in the moments I have most needed it. Without her presence, I would not have achieved what I have.”