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To fully serve the community, the Mid-county Memo offers this section to showcase celebrations of milestones in our readers’ lives, those seemingly small accomplishments that often do not receive the recognition they deserve and everyday events that should be shared with friends and neighbors along with opportunities to participate in the community. When you send submissions, please include all details that apply: full names of any individuals mentioned, details of the milestone and everyone impacted by the event, and a contact name and phone number or email address. Send a photo if you have one. Please identify each individual from left to right (large group shots can simply be identified by the group name) and provide the name of the photographer so we can give proper credit. Memo Pad submissions for the September issue are due Friday, Aug. 15. For best results, email Darlene Vinson at Or mail submissions to 3510 N.E. 134th Ave, Portland, OR 97230. To leave a phone message, call 503-287-8904. The Mid-county Memo fax number is 503-249-7672.

Seahawks visit local school
Diego Armando Salvador, a member of east county Portland Boys & Girls Clubs, enjoyed one-on-one time with Seattle Seahawks wide receivers Phil Bates #88 and Doug Baldwin #89 during the field day with the team at Margaret Scott Elementary School. 
The 2014 Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks paid a visit to Margaret Scott Elementary in the Reynolds School District last month. The Portland Boys & Girls Clubs operate after-school and summer programs at the school. Seahawks players, Blitz—the team mascot—members of the Sea Gals cheerleading squad and the Blue Thunder drum line treated participants and their families to a private visit. They enjoyed interactive field activities and family barbecue.

Fundraiser nets socks, diapers for needy kids
A rummage and bake sale by participants in the Portland Christian Superheroes of the Bible summer program raised funds for SnowCap Community Charities.
The program for kids from two and a half to 12 draws students from all over the city and is open to students attending other schools. Students enrolled in the program take part in field trips and participate in activities both fun and designed to practice positive character attributes.
Portland Christian Elementary Principal Rhonda Rogers believes it’s never too early to involve children in the community. “When we build good character, we build strong communities,” Rogers says. “Character development is our number one priority.”
As part of that mission, the funds from the student-run rummage sale will purchase underwear, socks and diapers for needy families. The students will also have the opportunity to deliver the items to SnowCap so that they can see the inner workings of a nonprofit. Rogers hopes the trip will impress students with the direct impact they can make through a selfless act of kindness. The students will also volunteer time at SnowCap.

Elementary students learn service, poise
Boys & Girls Club Health & Life Skills students of the month, from left, Aivy Tran, Saul Martinez and Jay-J Broadnax along with Shaver Elementary Youth of the Year Tshan Usor (far right) along with Boys & Girls Club staff (from left) Naomi Nguyen, Kaitlin Cobb and Katie Tanner.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland, in partnerships with Parkrose and Reynolds School Districts, run after-school and summer programming in eight of the districts’ elementary schools. Every month, club programs recognize members as Youth of the Month winners. Youth of the Month winners during the 2013-14 school year are:
Education & Career Development: Ana Amador, Jasmine Cardenas, Jayla Cole, Angel Hernandex, Daniel Martinez, Isaiah Meraz, Timmy Le, Nina Lopez, Oscar Pizarra, Keira Brown and Kevin Nguyen
Health & Life Skills: Jeffrey Alvarado, Jay-J Broadnax, Angelina Brough, Felipe Gonzalez, Semire Hailemical, Mayel Interian-Ku, Cory Meza, Jaqueline Ngo, Lucely Pech Uc, Aivy Tran, Tshan Usor, Titus Cabine and Saul Martinez
Arts: Hermella Araya, Wendy Uc Cab, Jenny Co, Peyton Cole, Mary-Ann Gross, Julie Kapsyna, Feven Kissate, Brookty Micael, Lulu Muros, Hawa Omar, Kennedy Phillips, Melanie Veala, Isabella and Toledo-Howlett
Sports, Fitness & Recreation: Milkaya Adem, Leslie Be Cab, Tyler Fields, Jayvin Gavros, Eduar Izaguirre, Qwa’mier Neal, Nsisong Ntekpere, Takwain Montgomery, Darciel Mubikayi, Pedro Rivera, Theo Smith, Andrea Vargas, Lebron Roebeck and JaMarkus Taylor
Character & Leadership: Oddete Ascencio, Elicia Caspell, Olivia Hall, Lanyia Harden, Megan Ho, Keion Howard, Dylon Lewis, Obi Matney, Giana Medel, K’amara Oliver, Joshus Ruiz-Tamay, Samera Saryon, Samara Stark, Isabel Tomas, Syanna Vargas, Christian Vazquez, Zha’nia Young, Jenny Pham and Harmony Porter.
The clubs select a Youth of the Year from each school and an overall winner representing all east county programs. The announcements were made at a brunch hosted by Parkrose High School in June. Established in 1947, Youth of the Year is Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier recognition program for club members, which promotes service to club, community and family; academic success; strong moral character; life goals; and poise and public-speaking ability.
The 2014 winners are:
• Jenny Pham, representing Reynolds elementary schools and overall, the east county Youth of the Year
• Keion Howard, Prescott Elementary
• Samera Saryon, Russell Academy
• Tsham Usor, Shaver Elementary

Port of Portland donates to Parkrose foundation
Life Education for Adults of Parkrose students prepare to serve guests at its annual Winter Bash in 2012. The event teaches real world job skills and helps prepare students for life after high school.
Memo photo/Darlene Vinson
The Parkrose Educational Foundation has received a $5000 donation from the Port of Portland. The Foundation will grant these funds to programs in the Parkrose School District that promote workforce readiness and social equity, two areas of particular interest for the Port of Portland.
A portion of these funds will be awarded to the Life Skills classes at Parkrose High and Parkrose Middle schools. These special education students learn communication, self-advocacy, problem solving, personal management and interpersonal skills through instruction, guided practice and field trips that allow the students to use the skills they are learning in real-life situations.
Life Education for Adults of Parkrose will also receive a portion of this donation to help its students bridge the gap between high school and adult life. LEAP is a community-based transition service and is available to individuals with disabilities who reside within the boundaries of the Parkrose School District and are eligible for school services through age 21. LEAP students participate in vocational training opportunities and work internships and receive assistance in identifying options for continuing education, housing, transportation, social and leisure opportunities, physical and mental health supports, financial security and social/civic responsibilities.
Christine White, community affairs manager with the Port of Portland says, “We are happy to support the important work of Parkrose School District in preparing students for the future.”
The Parkrose Educational Foundation (a 501c3 non-profit) was formed for the purpose of raising and distributing funds intended to enhance the educational experience of students in Parkrose Public Schools. Its major fundraising event is an annual dinner and auction in the spring. The event is slated for April 11, 2015 at the Sheraton Portland Airport. Donations are accepted year round at Click on Donate to the Foundation.
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