Catlin Gabel Student Volunteers Receive Cascade AIDS Project’s Top Volunteer Award

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Press Release

Nov 28, 2003

For Immediate Release

Contact: Becky Kessler, public relations specialist

503-297-1894, ext. 301

kesslerb@catlin.edu

Catlin Gabel Student Volunteers Receive Cascade AIDS Project’s Top Volunteer Award

Award presentation scheduled for World AIDS Day, December 1.

(Portland, Oregon)- A group of nine students from The Catlin Gabel School will receive Cascade AIDS Projects top volunteer award, the Angel Award, at a ceremony on World Aids Day, December 1, 2003, at the Portland Hilton.

This group of sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders has volunteered on behalf of Cascade Aids Project (CAP) for two school years. Last year, this hard-working student group held three bake sales, raising money to provide holiday turkeys and hams for CAP families living with HIV/AIDS. Students brought toys and warm winter items for children of CAP families. The group traveled to CAPs downtown headquarters to help with fund-raising efforts, diligently assembling mailers for several events. CAP staff supervisor Bill Soderberg said the industrious group from Catlin Gabel could finish in two hours what a single person might complete in three days.

While the groups student members have changed, Catlin Gabel middle schoolers continue to volunteer with CAP this school year. CAP nominated the Catlin Gabel students for the volunteer award for the groups service last year.

Says group leader Kristen Skoch, Catlin Gabel Middle School counselor, "In considering service as a part of the learning process, the message is clear: as humans, we grow in both interpersonal and intrapersonal ways as a result of these experiences."

One Wednesday a month, Catlin Gabel Middle Schoolers scatter across the Portland metro area to volunteer at several agencies, including Head Start, the Oregon Food Bank, and the Oregon Humane Society.

An eighth grader expresses the reason for service learning most eloquently: "Over the last three years of service, I have learned what it means to be a member of the community. It means that you do your own part, whether its feeding hungry third graders or cleaning up trash."

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Catlin Gabel School is an independent, co-educational day school, dedicated to student individuality, academic excellence, multiculturalism and life-long learning. The schools dynamic pre-kindergarten through twelfth-grade curriculum combines academics with arts, physical education and a strong sense of community service. Catlin Gabel is independently governed by a Board of Trustees and is not supported by tax or church monies. For more information, please visit www.catlin.edu.

Cascade AIDS Project is a non-profit community-based provider of HIV prevention, support, housing and advocacy in Oregon and southwest Washington. CAP manages the Oregon AIDS hotline, and educates men, women and children about HIV/AIDS prevention.