Parkrose ‘Can Drive’ continues to help students

Save the deposit-return containers from your Labor Day BBQ. Remember to bring them in to donate on September 8 …

Parkrose High School Elite Dance Team member Arleth Acosta Nunez accepts a load of deposit-return bottles and cans during the monthly can and bottle turn-in run by the Parkrose Bronco Boosters organization.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

Continuing in the tradition of Parkrose “Can Man” David Luce, Parkrose School District parents and volunteers hold a deposit-return bottle and can drive at Parkrose Middle School every month.

In August, folks who came to donate were met by student volunteers – members of the Parkrose Elite Dance Team – who cheerfully unloaded trunks and pickup truck beds of their empties.

Taking a brief break from sorting deposit-return bottles and cans are members of the Parkrose Elite Dance Team.

“Greg and Patty Meighen are still helping out; and Greg is with us again here today,” remarked volunteer Mary Dong, representing the school’s Parent Teacher Organization.

“The proceeds from these monthly events are distributed to school groups and clubs whose members come to help; and also to the Parkrose High Drug-Free Senior All-Night Party fund,” Dong told East Portland News. “We certainly do appreciate the contributions of all the deposit return bottles and cans – and, are always in need of adult volunteers.”

Dong said those with questions or who need more information can contact her via email at

Keep those volunteers busy at the next Parkrose Bronco Boosters bottle and can drive!

Holiday weekend delays September drive
The Parkrose Bronco Boosters Pop Can Drive is typically on the first Saturday of each month – except when it falls on a holiday weekend, as it will in September.

So, volunteers ask that you save up your deposit-return bottles and cans from Labor Day weekend parties and bring them the following Saturday, September 8, to help support their community educational efforts.

Again – on September 8, you’ll find them at the Parkrose Middle School front entrance, at 11800 NE Shaver Street, 97220.

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