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Supporting STEM in Portland Schools

My good friend is a teacher at a title one elementary school next to the college I attended. She just created a donorschoose campaign to raise money for STEM learning materials for her second graders. You can see the details here.

If you haven’t heard of donorschoose, it’s a crowdfunding site focused on raising money for teachers. All projects are verified through the site, and sometimes (like for this project), they match donations.

So if you have five extra dollars to support children learning science, technology, math, engineering, and math, then you’re actually helping them get $10 closer to their goal (as long as you donate before June 1st)!

Thanks for reading, please donate if you like, and if you can’t, think about sharing the link to the donorschoose page.


Supporting Storytime

My friend Kelsey is a teacher at Faubion Elementary in Portland, Oregon. This school is near my college, and many of my friends have done student teaching here. It’s a title 1 school with a high poverty level.

Kelsey teaches 1st grade and like me, has a love of reading. She tries to impart this passion to her students, but currently group instruction time is on a cold, hard floor. Kelsey has started a campaign using DonorChoose in order to get a carpet purchased and installed in their classroom. If you have a passion for reading, education, or children, and want to donate, you can do so here

Every little bit helps!

Thanks everyone!

MLK Day Spoken Word Project


Last year, my roommate and I were part of a Spoken Word Project for MLK Day. It was organized mostly by Warner Pacific University, and was supposed to be people from a bunch of schools, but ended up being my roommate and I (from Concordia University-Portland) and a couple of Warner Pac students.

We each wrote a section of the poem, and then performed the entire piece at the MLK Day Service Rally, where a bunch (over 10, I know, not sure of the exact number though) of colleges got together and got pumped up before we went out and did a bunch of service projects. It was the second or third year of the project, and I’m pretty sure they’re doing it again this year. The poetry performance was new, something to add to the rally.

Here’s my section of the piece; I figured it’s appropriate because of the day. We wrote the poems in response to Dr King’s “The Purpose of Education” and the “I have a Dream” speech. Of course, it was written to be spoken, not read, but I think it translates decently to the screen. So enjoy; I hope it makes you think. Leave any reactions you have below!

Dr. King spoke of being written a bad check.

Apparently it’s an epidemic

Promises made are promises unkept

and sometimes, the system gets away with it.

Let not the promise of education be ignored

For all people have the right to learn.

But let’s not stop at the bare minimum

We have standards, so let’s illuminate them. Read the rest of this entry