Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Gresham Barlow Education Foundation 2016 Phone A Thon

Dialing for dollars….

“Reading is the foundation students need for every subject.  Whether they aspire to be a mechanic, an actress, or a scientist, it begins with reading,“ according to Hollydale teacher Dori Stewart.  The Gresham-Barlow Education Foundation is kicking off its 14th annual Phone-a-Thon to support literacy.  Funds raised through the Phone-a-Thon have been used to support literacy in the District in a variety of ways including classroom reading support and District-wide reading curriculum.  The addition of an eLibrary allows students another avenue to become strong readers and successful students.

The Phone-a-Thon will coordinate with the March 2 birthday of Dr. Seuss and Read Across America Day, as students from Gresham and Barlow High Schools call the community to help fund the expansion of the district-wide eLibrary.  The eLibrary was established two years ago through Phone-a-Thon funding.  The current focus is to expand the availability of research and information texts along with the addition of fiction and audio books. High school media specialist, Neil Wong has a goal to grow the eLibrary at the high school level. “I firmly believe that a combination of eBooks and print titles are the future of our libraries and will serve our students well.”

In an effort to help them reach their goal, Gresham Ford has donated a $20 coupon that can be used toward any repair or maintenance service for all Phone-a-Thon donations of $40 or more.  Anyone wishing to support the expansion of the eLibrary, can donate online at, or contact Vicki Moen, Executive Director GBEF at 503-766-0008.

It takes a village….let’s work together and answer those calls to further of our children’s education.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Relay for Life Kickoff in Gresham

This past week we had the “Kick Off” for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life here at Gresham Ford.  While it is still branded as “Relay for Life” it is really just an opportunity to form teams to think of creative ways to raise money for the good work of the American Cancer Society.  This is an opportunity to get your Girl Scout Troop or your Bridge Club together and have some fun while at the same time plan on making a donation on June 25th at Main Street Park in Gresham.

The American Cancer Society provides numerous services and support to families, friends and those
fighting this as of yet, incurable disease.   Share this phone number 1-800-227-2345 with anyone who is in need of services or support in their journey.  Some of the things they provide are transportation to and from treatment, support for family members, wigs and other items that are needed by patients
during their treatment.  The list of their support was too numerous to list…so please give this number a call if you have any needs or questions regarding treatment, care or support….or if you would like to volunteer on behalf of the American Cancer Society.

Then please put together a team – there is not a better way to spend some time with friends, family,
neighbors, or other church members.  For more information and to register, please call Karen Taylor at 503-795-3989, or email;  You can also visit their Facebook page at Relay for Life of Gresham.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

End of an era

Call it bias, but car people are good people!  The local Mt Hood Mustang & Fords Club recently made a donation ($1,200) to sponsor one veteran to participate in the Nation Honor Flight Network program. We have always had a passion and reverent respect for all of our service men and women, and the WWII veterans are just some real special folks. Many have gone unnoticed as they have quietly lived out their lives in the years following WWII.  The National Honor Flight Network is an organization that has taken up the banner of these lost heroes and, through generous donations from ordinary people like you and me, they are able to give them the honor of visiting the memorial in Washington, DC that was built in recognition of their service.

The National Honor Flight Network program takes WWII veterans to Washington, DC free of charge for a four day trip. Veterans and Guardians who assist the veterans will visit the WWII Memorial, U.S. Capitol, Lincoln Memorial, Iwo Jima Memorial, Tomb of the Unknowns, and other veteran’s memorials in the Washington, DC area. Almost 100,000 WWII veterans from across our nation have participated in the HFN program launched eight years ago, but there are still many on the list who want to go. WWII veterans travel free of charge in appreciation for their WWII service and sacrifice seven decades ago preserving our freedoms.

From the depths of our hearts here at Gresham Ford, you - the Mt Hood Mustang & Fords Club, make us proud of your unselfish service to our vets and our community. Thank you for caring!

For more information regarding the National Honor Flight Program visit, or call 971-264-0814.  Also, to find out more about the Mt Hood Mustang & Fords Club go to,