What's Inside? Bus drivers launch school supply drive, Make a dragon egg, Summer learning help.

LOGO - Gresham-Barlow School District The 782 students in the class of 2017 in Gresham-Barlow School District's three high schools were offered more than $18 million in scholarships this year, Deputy Superintendent James Hiu reported to the school board. Gresham High School had 354 graduates, Barlow 389 graduates and Springwater Trail 39 graduates. "This was a very successful senior class," Hiu said.

Bus drivers launch school supply drive

First Student school bus drivers for the Gresham-Barlow School District are gathering donations of lightly used or new backpacks, school supplies, hygiene items, nonperishable food and water bottles. The effort, called "Operation Backpack," will distribute these things to children in the Gresham-Barlow district who need these kinds of supplies. School buses accepting donations are stationed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, at the Kmart parking lot, 440 N.W. Burnside Road. Supplies are also being accepted from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays at the Office Depot parking lot, 2205 N.E. Burnside Road.

Make a dragon egg

Children in grades three or higher can create a 4-inch golden dragon's egg, then make a special "cloche" (translucent cover) to protect and display it in a free workshop from 3-5 p.m. Thursday, July 13, at the Troutdale Library, 2451 S.W. Cherry Park Road. Kids will leave with a certificate of authenticity and a bit of dragon magic. Children under grades 3 will need to be accompanied by an adult to participate. Call 503-988-5123 for more information.

Summer learning help

Gresham-Barlow School District is posting items on its Facebook page all summer that will link families to fun, educational activities to help stanch summer learning loss. The link for Thursday, July 6, is a project for teaching kids science by growing bean plans. Visit for the links.

Laugh at the library

Families can enjoy a free comedy show at the Rockwood Library, 17917 S.E. Stark St., from 4-5 p.m. Thursday, July 13. Matt Baker's show combines hilarious stand-up comedy and amazing stunts. His diverse skill set has landed him five Guinness World Records and appearances on "America's Got Talent" and "Last Comic Standing." His hip, energetic, comedy stunt show is action packed with funny stories and audience participation that engages even the toughest crowd. Call 503-988-5123 for more information.

Have a play date

The Rock N' Roll Fairy leads children in songs that teach concepts of peace, empathy, safety, letter sounds, gratitude, and reverence for the Earth in a free "play date" from 10:15 to 11 a.m. Friday, July 14, at the Fairview Library, 1520 N.E. Village St. Call 503-988-5123 for more information.

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