In 2016 four schools were awarded a $500 prize to complete a project of their choice. Meet our winners.
Alder Creek Middle School
District: N. Clackamas School District | Program / Event Name: Drum line
Alder Creek Middle School students will compete at the NW Performing Arts Assoc., a tonal component, performed with mallet instruments and other percussion. The percussionists have been preparing for this competition and have developed a love for drumming. Our students can't wait to perform and deserve the opportunity to experience playing a musical instrument in a competition setting. We will use the funds to procure uniforms, needed by the middle school members to match the rest of the drum line.
Aloha High School
District: Beaverton School District | Program / Event Name: AVID Across the Curriculum
The AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) Program allows participating students to visit college campuses at least once a year. Our AVID students come from diverse backgrounds with various challenges. Many of their parents do not have college degrees. AVID is limited to only a few classes per grade at Aloha, so a majority of students do not get the benefit of visiting a college and taking a tour. The Community Choice award will allow us to expand our program.
We plan to use the dollars to pay for transportation allowing 100+ students to visit a college. Imagine walking onto a college campus for the first time--what a token of hope and optimism for our students!
Tom McCall Upper Elementary School
District: Forest Grove School District | Program / Event Name: Positive Behavior Support (PBS)
The Positive Behavior Support (PBS) Program at Tom McCall Upper Elementary serves 806 students at in 5th and 6th grade. The PBS Program has implemented several functions/activities, specifically; Student of the Month Assemblies to acknowledge students who are exhibiting positive behavior traits, and 'Pride Insides' (good behavior reward tickets) for on the spot reinforcement. As a year-end culminating activity and larger incentive for positive behavior, we would like to reward the grade that earns the most ‘Pride Insides’ with a movie celebration we will call 'Movie Madness'. If awarded the OnPoint Community Choice Award we would use this money to fund this celebration.
Willamina Elementary School
District: Willamina School District | Program / Event Name: Playground Enhancements
There are currently 467 students at the elementary school in grades K-6. The last piece of elementary playground equipment was purchased in 1994. There are currently three pieces of playground equipment that are off limits due to safety concerns. In the winter and spring months, our field, where students play soccer, kickball and football, is off limits due to improper drainage. Our special needs students would benefit from physical accommodations and other modifications so that they can access the same places as their peers. Currently, our playground is mostly covered in pea gravel, making it off limits to students with mobility challenges. Upgrades to the playground would make it so that it is inclusive to all students and staff and able to supply the large number of students with choices for physical activity. OnPoint’s support would assist us in meeting our financial goal to purchase new equipment in order to provide for our students and give them a place to play and take pride in!
In 2017, the Community Builder award has been increased and four schools will win a $1,000 award. Learn more now!