Celts helping disburse $5K to local charities

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes A McNary High School leadership class is once again doling out some $5,000 to worthy causes. The class is still seeking recipients through the end of February. The Community 101 program was funded by State Farm and promoted by the Oregon Community Foundation. Each year students survey their peers and find out the issues they feel are most worthy of the funds. Though the student body has gone through virtually 100 percent turnover in the five years the class has been asking questions, answers come back the same: Suicide, teen pregnancy and drug and alcohol abuse rise to the top. “We had about 35 things – homelessness, voter turnout, a wide list,” said Jason Heimerdinger, a McNary teacher who leads the class. “We’ve had the same results every year – teens turning to the issues that are closest to them.” They develop a mission statement. This year’s addressed not only the issues identified in the survey but also boosting “positive after-school activities for students.” Senior Kate Pedersen said activities like the science club and Powderpuff football, both of which have received money in the past from Community 101, benefit students in a variety of ways. “Participating more, they’re less likely to get in trouble out of school, and it gets them more excited to go to school because they have something to look...

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