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Schools getting into the giving spirit


Philanthropy — Efforts include a canned food drive competition between NHS and rival McMinnville

’Tis the season for giving and the Newberg School District is no exception.

In fact, with each building in the district fundraising for some charitable cause this time of year, area students are leading by example even as they learn firsthand about generosity and citizenship.

For example, Newberg High School is in the midst of a massive canned food drive campaign after rival McMinnville High School challenged it to a contest last month.

Activities director Judy Brown has tasked her 12 Associated Student Body representatives with organizing the school’s effort, which will be based on competition between the four small schools and organized around advisory classes.

“The kids are super excited,” Brown said. “It’s really to help our local community, to fill F.I.S.H. and Love INC. That’s the bottom line.”by: SETH GORDON - Giving back   to the community - Mabel Rush Elementary joined other schools in the Newberg School District in holding canned food drives and 
erecting a giving tree to gather presents for low-income families in the area.

Brown said it is the first school-wide canned food drive in some time and a goal of 4,997 cans has been set. If students surpass that total when the effort wraps up this week, they will earn the opportunity to wrap hall supervisor Lisa Joyce in duct tape as a reward.

Other students at NHS are coordinating fundraisers as their senior projects, including Dylan Beam, who is selling a CD of Christmas music featuring local musicians like himself, Chase Emerson and Seth Williams. CDs are $6 apiece and proceeds will go toward the purchase of a recording studio at the Chehalem Cultural Center. For more information, email Beam at dw.beam@ gmail.com.

Several other schools in the district held canned food drives leading up to Thanksgiving, most of which were organized with a Civil War theme. At Edwards Elementary School, 2,400 cans were collected to be donated to F.I.S.H., with the Ducks earning a narrow victory 1,235 to 1,185.

Dundee Elementary also saw its Oregon contingent eke out a win 758 to 728, but raised $500 in a Rotary-sponsored “Kids Helping Kids” coin drive and ran its own “Adopt a Sailor” program as well.

Each classroom and the office took on a sailor or soldier, filling a box full of goodies to help them through their first holiday season away from home.

School counselor Kevin Hall’s son is in the Navy and helped connect the school with several sailors who would appreciate the gesture.

Included among the 13 soldiers to receive care packages was Josh Martin, a recent Newberg High School graduate and former student at Dundee Elementary. Martin enlisted in the Army after graduation and is stationed at Fort Benning, Ga.

Giving trees are a tradition at several area schools like Ewing Young and Antonio Crater elementary and Mountain View Middle School. In addition to hosting a Civil War sock drive, Chehalem Valley Middle School collected toys for the Newberg Fire Department’s Toy and Joy program.