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Citizen's View: Schools Foundation helps every child in Lake Oswego stretch and grow

I found myself searching for my sunglasses this week, unprepared for the beautiful weather we’ve been having. It occurred to me that summer is almost here. How is this possible?

The school year has flown by. It’s hard to believe we will soon be calling it to a close. Yet more than six weeks of the school year remain, and the Lake Oswego Schools Foundation campaign is still going strong. If you have not yet pledged or given, I hope that you will answer the call and give an amount that is meaningful to you.

In our family, spring season means that our third-grader just wrapped up his school science fair project, our second-grader is auditioning for her classroom play and our Pre-K son is enjoying his classroom to the fullest, excited to earn the title of “Kindergartener” when summer officially begins. Each child is stretching and growing in their own way on their own schedule.

On the district leadership side, we have been developing a long-range plan to update district facilities in order to provide a next-generation learning experience for all of the students in our community. Updates will be forthcoming, but be assured that there is a lot of work and effort and study going into this right now.

All of this work pales in comparison to the simple magic that occurs between teachers and students in our classrooms every day. Our students are headed for a bright future, thanks largely to the hard work and dedication of our teachers and staff. Our students continually rise to the challenges and opportunities that come their way. They impress me every day. I invite you to visit the Foundation website (losfoundation.org) to see this classroom work in action.

Whether or not you have a child or grandchild in Lake Oswego schools, please give to the Foundation. Help us ensure a world-class education for every child in the district. Your support means the world to our students.

I hope you will stay in touch. Please contact me with your questions or ideas at sarah.howell@loswego.k12.or.us.

Sarah Howell is a Lake Oswego resident and a member of the Lake Oswego School Board.

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