Trojan Times

December 17, 2020

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Happy Holidays

As 2020 draws to a close, I'm reminded of the hardships our students, their families and my staff have had to endure and the constant feeling of not knowing what lies ahead. I'm proud of the way we, as a community have come together to help each other with our struggles and have been able to laugh at the laughable and cry when things seemed too much. Through it all, I am so grateful to work in a community where grace and patience are not just words, but are demonstrated on a daily basis.

There is hope on the horizon that soon we may be able to get back to some resemblance of normalcy. My hope for 2021 is that we can focus on what possibilities lie ahead and not look back on that which was 2020.

From the Pedersen family to yours, have a safe and very relaxing holiday season.

Dale Pedersen

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COVID Relief Program

JFK families,

Below is information from an outside resource that we would like to pass along to our families who may be struggling financially from COVID-19. Applications can be picked up at JFK during office hours on Dec. 17th and 18th along with copies of invoices you may need. We will be mailing home invoices again if you are unable to pick them up. Applications can also be picked up from Love Inc and must be turned in to Love Inc by Dec. 31st see information below.

COVID Relief Program Overview

The City of Woodburn, Oregon Health Authority, and Marion County Health and Human Services has awarded grant money to Love INC to help those in North Marion County who have been affected by Covid-19.

The grant funding covers:

  1. Utilities (Electric, water, garbage, etc.)
  2. Rent
  3. Childcare
  4. Prescriptions
  5. Internet (for those with children attending school virtually at home)
  6. Cleaning, hygiene, and infant supplies
  7. School fees/Mealtime fees

Processing Applications

Applications will be processed in the order in which they are received, and we will begin formally processing applications Tuesday, November 17, 2020. Applicants can expect that checks will be mailed within 42-78 hours of the application being signed and approved. However, if funds are needed immediately due to shut-off or eviction notices, we will work with the client to provide same-day assistance.

Interested Applicants

Applications are available at Love INC located at 970 N Cascade Drive, Suite 100, Woodburn, OR 97071. Completed applications should be placed in the Covid Relief mailbox and will be collected and processed throughout the week during Love INC’s operating hours. Applications are also available English and Spanish here.

Contact and Questions

If you have questions, please contact Love INC at:

971-983-5683, extension 3

Safe Oregon

All students should feel safe at school and in their communities. Mt. Angel School District and John F. Kennedy High School are committed to building a strong, positive, supportive culture for students to learn and grow. If you have a specific concern or incident to report that threatens student safety and security, you may report it directly to our principal, Dale Pedersen, or use the anonymous tip line, Safe Oregon, at All concerns and tips are confidential and will be investigated and addressed according to district policy and procedures.