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Parkrose Educational Foundation auction chairs Londa Sundin, far left, and Ruby Falbo, far right, present the Parkrose Dream Builders with a check for $7200. Funds were raised during the appeal bid at the annual PEF dinner and auction back in April. The Dream Builders pictured here are Danny Bradach-PHS, Melissa Baran-PHS, Jenny Locarno-Shaver, Tracy Grant-PHS and Lynn Cole-PHS.
Memo photo/Darlene Vinson
Foundation helps make dreams come true
Early last month, the Parkrose Educational Foundation presented the Parkrose School District Dream Builders with a check for $7,200. District counselors will use funds to implement programs designed to encourage students in all grades to think about their futures, learn about options available to them and dream big.

At the elementary level, these funds will be used to support special events, like Pounce on College, for field trips, for college- and career-inspired décor in the schools and curriculum to use with students as they explore colleges and careers.

In the middle school, students will have access to additional materials to support college and career readiness. They will go on field trips to nearby colleges, universities and trade schools, and the school will host family information events so parents can plan for the future as well.

High school counselors will develop curriculum to build a more robust college and career center. Students will receive assistance with college application and testing fees, have access to test preparation materials and receive transportation to and from testing sites.

All of this will be made possible by funds raised at the annual Parkrose Educational Foundation dinner and auction in April. The event at the Sheraton Portland Airport raised $45,000-$7,200 from the appeal bid for Dream Builders-to refill the coffers of the PEF so it can continue to grant funds for activities, events and educational materials at all Parkrose schools.

Hundreds of people from near and far flocked to the Maywood Park Annual Garage sale in June. Lents resident Gordon Blume said he comes every year to the neighborhood-wide event.
Memo photo/Tim Curran
Teachers, staff, parents and students in Parkrose schools are encouraged to submit grant requests to the Foundation at this link: If you can dream it, the PEF will help make it happen.

Annual garage sale a success
More than 40 homes participated in Maywood Park's 27th annual garage sale held June 13-15.

Africa House holds Open House
More than one hundred people, including the mayor and council members, showed up for the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization's satellite Africa House's Open House last month. The event highlighted upgrades at the multi-lingual community-based facility. The party also included volunteer recognition, ethnic food, cultural celebrations, dance performances, and tours of the center.

Assimilating teenage immigrants take selfies last month at the open house held at Africa House, a satellite office of east Portland's Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization.
Memo photo/Tim Curran
Specializing in African immigrants and refugees and their families, Africa House, on Northeast 102nd Avenue near Glisan Street, provides an array of social services through a one-stop family-focused model and a philosophy of resilience for African refugees and immigrants and their families.

To learn more, or volunteer at Africa House, call 503-234-1541, or email
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