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Gladstone School District wins national recognition from the American School Board Journal

The Oregon School Boards Association is pleased to announce the Gladstone School District received an honorable mention in the American School Board Journal’s 17th annual Magna Awards program. Gladstone is being honored, in the less than 5,000 student category, for their Center for Children and Families, which offers educational programs and social services to more than 400 students and families daily.

The Gladstone Center for Children and Families was established to meet the need for education and services that respond to the changing demographics of the community. In partnership with Head Start; Healthy Start; WIC; the Clackamas Education Service District; and Clackamas County Health, Housing and Human Services, the center promotes school readiness and boosts parent confidence. The center supports the needs of first-time, expectant and teen parents as well as older adults caring for grandchildren. Services include adult education classes, community playgroup space, toy/book lending library, a community garden, access to technology and a summer program with meals. Most recently, the center opened the Gladstone Community Clinic; and this spring, the Family Stepping Stones relief nursery will also become part of the facility. As the hub of the community, the Gladstone Center for Children and Families offers a variety of established and evolving volunteer opportunities for residents and students.

Since 1995, the Magna Award program has featured outstanding examples of school district leadership to showcase practical solutions to pressing problems and programs that advance student learning and encourage community involvement in schools. This year, three grand prize, 15 first place and 15 honorable mention winners were selected from more than 350 submissions from small (less than 5,000 students), medium (5,000-20,000) and large (20,000 or more students) school districts in 40 states. This year’s grand prize Magna Award winners are the Moreland School District in San Jose, California; Joplin Schools, Missouri; and Pasco County Schools, Florida.

Each of the grand prize winning school districts will receive $4,000 in scholarship money during a special presentation at the National School Boards Association’s Annual Conference, April 8-11 in San Francisco. The Magna Awards are supported by Sodexo School Services.

Each winning entry is featured in a special supplement to the American School Board Journal and is posted on the Magna Awards website and added to the searchable best practices database at www.asbj.com/magna.

For additional information visit the Gladstone School District website, www.gladstone.k12.or.us, or contact Marilyn Shrum, grant resources specialist, at shrumm@gladstone.k12.or.us.