There are many incredible endeavors happening in support of local students. As part of the 2017 OnPoint Prize campaign, we were pleased to recognize four schools as Community Builder award recipients. The following schools received a $1,000 donation towards the completion of their special project.
STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts and Mathematics) students are creating hands-on activities for people diagnosed with dementia. The people we serve are clients at Lambert House, in Gresham, which is an adult daycare center run by Volunteers of America. Students design, engineer and build a variety of activities that are intended to get those with dementia to interact with others at their adult daycare center. We hope to create a library of activities that families can check out to take home as well. We have already created three activities that have been used at Lambert House. The OnPoint Community Builder grant would be used to purchase materials that are used for the various activities.
Poor attendance leads to low graduation rates. The fair will engage families, build excitement about going back to school and encourage active participation in the educational process.
The Back to School and Every Day Counts Fair is open to all school-aged children and their guardians in North Portland. Parents and students will first attend a welcome back orientation. We'll share a message that “Every Day Counts” when it comes to attendance. Families will be asked to sign a pledge card to send their students to school every day.
Nearly 75% of our families are low-income and struggle to provide the basic necessities. We will lessen the burden by providing backpacks with school supplies. Afterwards, families have an opportunity to visit with organizations to obtain information on school and community resources.
Our goal is to create a “holistic approach” to eliminate barriers and share information on how parents can help their students be successful in school. Aside from school staff, it will include community faith leaders, medical and mental health providers, health department officials, community social services, mentoring and after school programs, and college and readiness programs.
To help ensure all students succeed, we host a resource fair to connect Latino families, English learners, and migrant families with district schools and community-based resources such as Head Start, the Housing Authority, Virginia Garcia Clinic, Family and Youth Services, Legal Aid, Work Source Oregon, the library, fire department, police department, Chemeketa, OSU-Juntos Program, etc. Parents attend workshops on a variety of topics, such as how to support their students, how to nurture early literacy, how to navigate the road to college, and other education-related topics, based on the age of their child. Workshops are offered in English/Spanish. Parents/families attend a series of workshops throughout the day and are provided with a free lunch. Childcare is provided free of charge and there are engaging activities for children ages 5-18. Every child leaves the event with two age-appropriate/reading-level specific books to take home.
Hello from Prescott Elementary, in the Parkrose school district. We would like to apply OnPoint's Community Builder Award for our wonderful librarian, Heather Abney. Mrs. Abney has lost a substantial portion of her library budget for our school this year. She's doing her best to continue offering materials as she is able but it is hard. Mrs. Abney's hope with this award is to replace our out-of-date report/resource books on countries, cultures & animals; most from the 1960's, 70's & 80's. As you can imagine, these books offer a narrow perspective for our kids considering how much has changed since they were published. Prescott Elementary has a highly diverse student community of varying cultures, we are a Title I school with 100% of our students receiving free lunch. We would love to be able to represent as many disparate cultures & countries as possible in our library, to show the children how special they all are. If awarded this grant, we would be able to replace these outdated books immediately with current, quality books that will live in our library & enlighten our children to our ever-changing world.