Parkrose ‘Can Collection Crew’ continues fundraising for student activities

See how your deposit-return cans and bottles are helping Parkrose School District students, and how you can contribute more on February 4 …

Sleet and rain doesn’t stop students from participating in the Parkrose Can Drive on this cold January morning.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

In our news stories, for years now, you’ve seen how the simple and kind act of donating deposit-return cans and bottles to this monthly collection has helped along Parkrose students, and their organizations.

Once again we checked in on January 7, as a group was fighting wind-driven rain at Parkrose Middle School, to hold the Parkrose Bronco Boosters Beverage Bottle & Can Drive.

Parkrose High’s AVID sponsor Kerryn Henderson was pleased to see all the vehicles coming up the driveway, each one laden with deposit-return cans and bottles.

“This month, student volunteers are with the Parkrose High School AVID [Advancement Via Individual Determination] college readiness program,” explained sponsor Kerryn Henderson.

“This program helps to get all our kids college-ready, by giving them the tools and knowledge they need to successfully achieve a college education,” Henderson told East Portland News.

These Parkrose High AVID students work diligently sorting collected cans.

Every month, students and parents with different, rotating Parkrose High scholastic, sports, or after-school organizations come to help out, on the first Saturday. And that participating group gets a portion of the proceeds from that month’s can drive.

“Fundraising here supports our programs in many ways,” Henderson explained. “One way is that it helps fund the field trips; another is that it may fund teambuilding activities and supplies.

Parkrose High AVID students, teachers and parents have bagged up quite a haul of cans for the cause.

February 4:
Parkrose Bronco Boosters Beverage Bottle & Can Drive

They’ll be there from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on both February 4 and again on March 4. So, take your deposit-return cans and bottles with you and go help support their community educational efforts. They’ll be at the Parkrose Middle School front entrance, at 11800 NE Shaver Street, 97220. It’s coordinated by Patty Meighen; contact her at

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