Erik Richter joins School Board
Erik Richter, elected in May, is the newest member of the Gladstone School Board. A senior IT operations manager at U.S. Bank, Richter is a Gladstone resident. He has three children: one a graduate of Gladstone High School, one a senior at GHS, and one starting grade six at Kraxberger.
SMART seeks site coordinators in schools
Start Making A Reader Today [SMART] is seeking site coordinators to volunteer in preschools and elementary schools in Gladstone. SMART volunteers help children develop a love of reading by sharing books with adult mentors two times a week. The program runs October through May during school hours with a minimum volunteer commitment of one day per week. To apply, visit www.getsmartoregon.org/volunteer
Education Foundation raises over $52,000 for schools
Over 280 people attended the Gladstone Education Foundation [GEF] dinner and auction, netting $52,000 for Gladstone schools and youth programs. Of that, $13,000 will support development of a new dental clinic at the Gladstone Center for Children & Families.
Register for sports, arts, dance & driver education
Gladstone’s community schools program offers low-cost classes and recreation programs for children, teens, and adults. Youth classes range from hip-hop and ballet to martial arts, sports, and driver education. Adult courses include watercolor and oil painting, yoga, first aid, investing, and Spanish. To register, call 503.650.2570 or visit the website.
Gladstone graduation rate hits historic high
Gladstone’s class of 2018 had a district graduation rate of over 88 percent, up nearly 3 percent from the previous year. The rate, a historic high, is more than 9 percent above the state average. In the past five years, the district raised the graduation rate over 9 percent.