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Rep. Schrader Congratulates Tillamook High School Students on 66th Annual Charity Drive

Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-05) congratulated the students of Tillamook High School for their record success in the 66th Annual Charity Drive.

“Congratulations to all of Tillamook High School on another successful Charity Drive, and particularly to the junior class for their second win in a row,” said Congressman Schrader. “Activities and events that encourage our students to be more involved in their local communities are so important for building up the next generation of leaders. This annual tradition of giving back in Tillamook sets a great example for all Oregonians.” 

The Charity Drive is an annual Tillamook tradition to benefit Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, scholarships for the graduating class, and local charities throughout the community. The Drive has brought in more than $3.5 million since the first drive. Each year, the high school students compete to see which class can raise the most money. This year’s junior class won, raising nearly one third of the total amount raised. The same class of students also won last year as sophomores. Over the course of ten days this year, the school raised a collective $197,151.29.

What the students have to say about the Charity Drive:

Chairmen Dana Hoodenpyl, Brodie Queen, Clare Atchison, and Delainy Lea said: “Besides growing as a person, this drive provides us with real world experience and requires us to hard work.  During the drive we create memories we can’t make anywhere else and bonds with our class that make us a family.”

Junior Chairman Mea Upton said: “To me, Charity Drive is a family tradition. I can understand and see where our money goes because of the personal connections I have to the hospital.”

Junior Chairman Devin McDaniel said: “The main reason I started getting more involved with the Charity Drive was during my sophomore year, when I realized the importance of what we were doing. I got to know the class and create a bond I hadn’t known before, and I gained a satisfaction from giving.”

Transition Specialist/Activities Director of Tillamook High School, Rachelle Metcalfe said: “Seeing the community come together during charity drive is amazing. Dinners, car washes, rummage sales and so much more, all with great attendance from our awesome community. Although this coronation is about the kids and their hard work, we must also thank the community because without them this would not be possible.  The support from the community was tremendous.  It goes without saying how grateful we are that you continue to come out in full force to support Doernbecher Children’s Hospital as well as the many local charities and Class of 2019 scholarships.”