North Clackamas School districts program for pregnant and parenting teens
The Clackamas Sunrise Rotary started early in December planning their 9th annual Santa Breakfast with the teen parents and their families at PACE. Pancakes, sausage, fruit and juice filled the menu to serve the families who attend North Clackamas School districts program for pregnant and parenting teens who are working on getting their high school diploma.
The PACE (parenting, academics, career and employment) program is located on the Sabin campus and serves both the teen parent and their child. Students dress their little ones up for their special photo with Santa. Each child is then given a goody bag with a book and stuffed animal. But the party doesn’t end there. The following week the club members return to present each student with a gift for their child, a gift card for the student and a packet of Santa photos!
This population of teens comes from varied backgrounds in life. Many are underserved and living in poverty situations. And few have jobs as they are focusing on their high school diploma. But they all have the determination to do what is best for their child. They realize that getting an education is a big step in starting their family off in positive direction.
The Clackamas Sunrise Rotary has been a community partner with PACE for the past 9 years.
They have provided this holiday tradition to these students who may not have had the opportunity to see Santa and have a professional photo with him. The club members cook and serve up the warm breakfast to the student and their guests. Santa and the photographer just happen to be Rotarians too!
This event is provided through funds raised at the annual golf tournament and bowl of fun along with a Rotary Grant program. The members are happy to come early to set up and serve to this wonderful group of high school students. Throughout the year, the Rotary also comes to provide a warm breakfast as a way to connect and get to know the PACE families. This in turn will give the members a connection with the future graduates who may apply for the $1500 scholarship that is awarded each year.