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Love INC, Noon Rotary partner to support schools

Philanthropy — Groups join to provide emergency kits for 80 middle school classrooms in Newberg


Over the last month, Love INC and the Newberg Noon Rotary Club have put a lot of time, effort and money to provide something Newberg’s two public middle schools need, but hope never to use.

That’s because the product of the partnership was emergency kits so that students in 80 classrooms at Chehalem Valley and Mountain View middle schools will be prepared in lockdown and disaster situations. by: SETH GORDON - Helping hands -- Mountain View Middle School Principal Wayne Strong helps unload classroom emergency kits at the school Friday. Love INC and the Newberg Noon Rotary Club partnered to provide a total of 80 kits to the district's two middle schools.

A group of Rotarians delivered the kits, which consist of 30 mini water bottles, 30 lollipops or hard candies, 30 emergency blankets, one hand-crank flashlight/radio, one first-aid kid and one roll of duct tape in a five-gallon paint bucket, which were dropped off at the schools Friday afternoon.

“My first thought is that it’s sad that we have to prepare for things like lockdowns and lockouts and the extra burden it puts on the district trying to prepare for that,” MVMS principal Wayne Strong said. “So this is a huge help to make sure our kids are cared for during stressful things like that. It’s not only the resources, but the time it took to collect it all, package it and deliver it. It’s inspiring and overwhelming. We greatly appreciate it.”

Love INC spearheaded the project with the Newberg School District, but reached out to Noon Rotary to provide the funding to make it a reality.

Newberg Noon Rotary Foundation president Spike Sumner was present when Love INC executive director Polly Siler presented a meeting, then took the request to the foundation board, which quickly approved it.

“This fit in perfectly with the scope of the foundation’s mission providing services to youth,” Rotarian Auggie Gonzales said. “Annually, the Rotary Foundation will contribute near $130,000 to youth in this community.”

Gonzales coordinated the delivery of the kits, with fellow Noon Rotary member John Kerekanich of Newberg Ford providing the use of a truck.

“Partnering with the Noon Rotary is a great example of community coming together to meet needs,” Siler said. “It is our hope that these emergency kits will bring a sense of peace to students and staff, but will not need to be used.”

In addition to the dwindling resources schools are provided these days, Strong also pointed to the fact that needs are ever changing and growing as reasons why such partnerships are and community efforts are needed to fill the gaps in school budgets. The emergency kits are just one example.

“There are just new demands that you try to meet as best you can,” Strong said. “Having this help is just incredible and plus, of course, they’ve already paid taxes, too, but here they are doing this. It’s impressive. It really helps.”




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