There are many incredible endeavors happening in support of local students. As part of the 2019 OnPoint Prize campaign, we are pleased to recognize five schools as Community Builder award recipients.
Molalla High School
District: Molalla River School District | Program / Event Name: Friendship Courtyard
Molalla High School would like to redesign our interior courtyard/patio into a Friendship Courtyard. This will be a beautiful and pleasant space that will include explicit branding as an inclusive, conflict-free, peaceful refuge for all. The building and designing of this space will be achieved through co-curricular collaboration, with many different student groups and classes participating. This will include buying materials for our woods students to build patio tables, chairs and/or covered structures, plants for our horticulture students to plant to increase the visual beauty of the area, and having our graphic arts and industrial arts students design and install an updated lighting scheme. We will also buy supplies to give to our art and/or metals classes to create signage that displays themes of inclusiveness, kindness, and community. Our student senate will be responsible for advertising the purpose of the project to the school community, and creating an ‘opening ceremony’ to introduce the final project to the school. The student senate will then be tasked with the responsibility for ongoing education of students and staff to utilize the area according to its designated purpose, including planning and carrying out activities in the space that promote inclusiveness and kindness.
Prescott Elementary School
District: Parkrose School District | Program / Event Name: SUN School Homework Tutors
Prescott Elementary School’s after school SUN (Schools Uniting Neighborhoods) program in collaboration with SEI (Self Enhancement, Inc.) believes their main goal is guiding underserved youth to realize their full potential. It is in the spirit of this mission that we seek these support funds to introduce certified teaching aides to our SUN school program. The goal of this would be to assist in homework help in a manner consistent with classroom learning techniques. This new addition would truly embody the educational support and skill development that the SUN program represents. We feel that this tutoring opportunity will provide hope to individual students and enhance the quality of community life.
Tucker Maxon School
District: Portland, OR | Program / Event Name: Special Needs Projector/Sound System
Children who are deaf struggle academically. On average nationally, children who are deaf graduate high school with a third grade reading ability (AG Bell Association). To help them succeed academically, deaf children need additional services to help them develop their listening and spoken language skills. Tucker Maxon School would like to purchase specialized equipment so that our deaf and hard of hearing students can hear in our new STEM lab. Unfortunately, because of outdated equipment, our deaf and hard of hearing students are currently unable to access wireless audio in those spaces. We need to invest in new equipment so that all of our students can benefit from the new STEM lab and gym. In classrooms, deaf students benefit from wireless technology which allows teachers to transmit their voice directly into an FM receiver on the student’s hearing equipment (either cochlear implant or digital hearing aid) from a microphone worn around the teacher’s neck. With this grant, we plan to purchase the specialized audiological equipment that allows the new sound systems in the STEM lab and the gym to connect to the FM/Soundfield system so students who are deaf and hard of hearing can access sound in all of our spaces, including during science, music and art instruction, as well as school assemblies and performances.