Earth Day reminds us to reuse, recycle, grow trees to help the air that we breathe.  7 Mile refers to the distance between Scappoose & St Helens. Many years ago, the “Seven Mile War” refers to a long time Scappoose & St Helens sports rivalry which is the foundation of this challenge with a positive twist to promote Sportsmanship and a healthy environment while providing a platform to raise funds for Youth & High School Soccer Programs.

Former Scappoose Alumni, Matt McHugh, owner, Cascadia Home Loans currently sponsors Scappoose High School Sports and wanted to get more involved.  He asked a local Realtor, Teresa Muth, John L. Scott, to partner on this project to help two communities in South Columbia County.  He proposed a collaborative fundraiser that promotes Sportsmanship & Environmental Stewardship instead of selling candy to raise funds.  

Boys and Girls from both Scappoose and St Helens High School & Youth Soccer teams will participate in the” 7 Mile Earth Day Challenge” selling “Trees” for $5.00 to raise funds.  Many of the trees were donated from Scappoose Watershed Council which helps increase profits.  This fundraiser is designed for 100 % of the proceeds from sale of “Trees” (*disclaimer or native plants) dedicated to the programs.  This new fundraiser will launch on local Earth Day Celebrations April 21st, 2018 to promote planting trees and helping our environment.  

In the Fall 2018, the students that sold the “Trees” will volunteer to help the Scappoose Watershed Council plant in a designated area.  This is a win/win for the watershed as they need volunteers to help plant native plants & trees bringing two local schools together on a project to promote their community.  This is where the Sportsmanship piece plays in promoting collaboration to make their world more environmentally healthy.  Plus, the kids get to get their hands dirty by helping to plant the trees or native plants that they sold in their backyard.  

Scappoose & St Helens High School hasn’t played a league soccer game in many years.  This October the High School Boys & Girls teams will compete against one another on the same day.  During half time, one  boy and one girl will be chosen by their coaches as the recipients of the “7 Mile Earth Day Challenge” each awarded $1,000 scholarship  to their respective soccer programs by sponsors Teresa Muth, John L. Scott & Matt McHugh, Cascadia Home Loans.

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 Short Summary of Project

Title: 7 Mile Earth Day Challenge

Participants: Boys and Girls High School Soccer teams from Scappoose and St. Helens (Youth Soccer programs from both cities will use this as a fund raiser too, but  not for another month – and they will not be part of the competition).

Scope: Participants will sell “trees.” Most trees will be donated by Scappoose Watershed Council. Each respective team will keep 100% of the proceeds generated by the fundraiser.

Event(s): There will be three different events that make up the 7 Mile Earth Day Challenge

Earth Day – this will be the launch day

Work day – this will be the day that the Scappoose and Saint Helens students get together and, at the direction of SWC, physically plant the trees in an area designated by the Scappoose Watershed Council. Estimated time of event:

When the two soccer programs meet in league play next season for the first time in many years, Matt McHugh of Cascadia Home Loans and Theresa Muth of John L. Scott, will donate a $1000.00 scholarship to the respective winning* boys and girls soccer programs. So $2,000 total. Coaches will decide on the deserving individual to receive the scholarship.


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