Congratulations to our 2018 Community Builder award winners!

There are many incredible endeavors happening in support of local students. As part of the 2018 OnPoint Prize campaign, we are pleased to recognize four schools as Community Builder award recipients. The following schools will receive a $1,000 donation towards the completion of their special project.

  • Clackamas High School

  • District: North Clackamas School District | Program / Event Name: Winter Rage
  • Winter Rage is a school-wide effort to help the families of the North Clackamas School District.  It is truly the only event at CHS that brings the entire 2,500 student body together to support the children of our community during the holidays. We gather donations, gifts, food and put on a fair to distribute these items.

  • Gervais Elementary School

  • District: Gervais School District | Program / Event Name: Free Little Library
  • Gervais is a small but diverse community that does not have a public library.  Our school is searching for ideas on how to promote reading within the community, particularly to parents who want to read to their children at home.  If awarded the Community Builders funds, we will lauch a 'Free Little Library,' which we would install just outside the front of the elementary school main doors. This library would be stocked with books under the trusting promise of 'Take One, Leave One'.  Books would range from Pre-K levels all the way through high school, in both English and Spanish.

  • La Center Middle School

  • District: La Center School District | Program / Event Name: Character Strong Interactive Display
  • This year our school started a character-building program called Character Strong, which trains all students to be leaders and build a positive school culture.

    We want to share the positive behavior changes and concepts in a creative interactive way that offer hands on experience for our programming class while reaching students, parents, and the community. Programming students will design and create an interactive display kiosk to share Character Strong concepts. For example, one student would like to have her panel display the Character Dare of 'Recognizing the Unrecognized'.  Her display will ask the participant to write a note of thanks or encouragement to someone in the school who doesn't get recognized.  When students have completed the task they return to her panel and touch a flower petal that will play a sound, light up, and count the number of times pushed. The display will give a visual representation to our entire community that we are keeping up with the challenges we’ve set for ourselves.

  • Vernon K-8 School

  • District: Portland Public Schools | Program / Event Name: Vernon Voices
  • We seek OnPoint's support for Vernon Voices, a documentary project that creatively connects current Vernon students with school alumni in a dialog on experiences in and beyond Vernon School through personal stories. With guidance from Vernon's Art teacher and from parent volunteers, Vernon middle year students will learn about photography and interview techniques to create stories of peer and alumni school experiences. The book they produce will be the cornerstone of the school's 110th anniversary celebration planned for fall 2018 with personal stories that reflect a mosaic of experiences and spark community dialog.