Shaylee Cooper was handpicked to spearhead "We Dine Together" at Oregon City HS
By: Jennifer Hoff, Koin6News
OREGON CITY, Ore. (KOIN) -- In a sea of 2,000 students at Oregon City High School, the halls would still feel empty for some -- if it weren't for one 16-year-old girl.
Shaylee Cooper said she was raised to help others and in such a huge school, she wanted to make a difference and help it be more inclusive.
"I have always been brought up to help others so at the end of the day, I don't want any credit for what I do," Shaylee said. "I just feel like it should be part of your life."
Last year as the sophomore class president, Shaylee was handpicked by school resource officer Dave Plummer to start a chapter of We Dine Together, where anyone can come together and eat lunch with other students who might not have anyone else to sit with.
Shaylee's goal for the club this year is to have 300 kids coming -- or even the whole school.
"It would be awesome to have the whole school, that may not be possible but my goal is get a bigger room and get all these kids more involved in this school," she said. "And I want them to feel welcome at this school and feel like 'Yes I want to come to school instead of dreading school.'"
Help Shaylee and We Dine Together by sending donations to:
We Dine Together Program
c/o Oregon City High School
19761 South Beavercreek Road
Oregon City, Oregon 97045