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LEARNING LOG: Gresham schools get education grants

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What's Inside: Eighth grade night set for Barlow High, Make hair clips using recycled materials

LOGO - Salish Ponds Elementary SchoolTwo Gresham area schools were among 16 in Oregon and Southwest Washington that received grants from the Trail Blazers Foundation and Wells Fargo Bank.

Salish Ponds Elementary School in the Reynolds School District received $5,500. The Fairview school will use the funds to start an after-school program for girls in grades four and five that focuses on science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM).

Burlingame Creek School, a specialized school run by the Multnomah Education Service District, received $7,700 to expand the student-run coffee business. Burlingame will purchase a used espresso cart and supplies, according to an announcement. The school is one of two in the area that provides specialized behavioral health/life skills programs. The grants, through the "Take It to the Court for Education" program, were awarded Saturday, March 11.

Eighth grade night set for Barlow High

The Barlow High School class of 2021 and their parents can learn about extracurricular activities, sports and academic programs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, at the school at 5105 S.E. 302nd Ave.

A general information session will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium, followed by additional sessions discussing honors and Advanced Placement classes, electives and other offerings.

Oregon Promise applications open

Students can apply now through July 3 for the Oregon Promise grants that allow students to attend Oregon community colleges nearly free. Early notification applications are due April 1.

Students who will have just graduated from high school or earned a GED this spring with a 2.5 or better grade point average can apply for grants for use this fall, although it is contingent on the Legislature continuing to fund the program. Visit oregonstudentaid.gov to apply.

The Office of Student Access and Completion has launched a new toolkit of informational materials to help students through the application process.

Make hair clips using recycled materials

Artist Addy Escobedo will lead kids and families in learning how to make hair clips using recyclable materials.

The free class will show how to use supplies such as wood, ribbon, feathers and several other options. The workshop runs from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, March 18, at The Troutdale Library, 2451 S.W. Cherry Park Road. Call 503-988-5123 for more information.

Teens can build a city

Students in grades 6-12 can build a model city of the future at the Rockwood Library. Teens will work with the realities of the space that's available and the challenges of meeting many different people's needs.

They'll grab tools and work together to dream up — and build — a model city of the future and use Go-Pro cameras to get a miniaturized streets' eye view of what it's like to live in the Dream City.

Registration is required for the free workshop that runs from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, March 18, at 17917 S.E. Stark St. Call 503-988-5123 for more information.