What’s new at the GCCF?

Winter recreation classes make great holiday gifts!
Gladstone’s community education program invites you to launch your holiday shopping or jump-start your New Year’s resolution by choosing a winter recreation class. Adult options range from Spanish, first aid and quilting to barbecue cooking, and country line dance. Youth options include sports, hip-hop, driver education, ukulele, and more. A full list of options is at http://gladstone.k12.or.us/district-departments/community-education/  For more information, call 503.650.2570.

Thursday events offer fun & learning each week
Children six and under are invited to participate with caregivers in free enrichment activities designed to help toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarten students get ready for school. Each child attending will receive a free book each visit. The events take place from 4:15 to 5 p.m. each Thursday at the Gladstone Center for Children & Families, 18905 Portland Avenue in Gladstone. Here’s the schedule::
• First Thursdays — Story Hour
• Second Thursdays — Activity Hour
• Third Thursdays — STEAM Hour
• Fourth Thursdays — Science Hour

Education Foundation grants benefit Gladstone kids
This month the Gladstone Education Foundation [GEF] awarded nearly $21,000 to support 19 school and community projects. Funding went to all four schools in the district as well as two non-profits, the Clackamas Bookshelf and the Gladstone Kids Clothes Closet.  The grants will provide funding to support technology in the classroom, technology in the library, art equipment, science materials, construction materials, learning tools for ELL students, photography equipment, weights for high school students, Master clinicians for band students at two schools, and more.

Sponsor a kindergarten classroom
Want to add enrichment, hands-on projects, and student support to Gladstone’s Kindergarten? Sponsor a GCCF classroom, and help us meet children’s needs!  Your pledge of $250 will provide: Art projects, Field trips, Books and classroom supplies, Help for struggling families, and Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS). To sign up, contact Director Jere Applebee at the GCCF office.