The Issue: High Dropout Rates in Portland Schools
For Portland Public Schools’ class of 2011, only 59% of students graduated within four years, compared to 67% across the state, according to data from Oregon Department of Education.
The Campaign: Funding Student Leaders for Science Camp
If this Grassroots campaign raises $500, matched by the Anna Wheeler Hayes Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation to become $1,000, then Friends of Outdoor School can sponsor two high-school students as student leaders in an eight-day environmental-training course. Each additional $500 raised will fund participation in the course for another student, along with transportation, lodging, and food. The students work with middle-school youth, teaching them about science and math through hands-on camp activities, while gaining leadership opportunities and testing their strengths. Friends of Outdoor School aims to raise a total of $5,000 to sponsor 10 high-school students as student leaders in the course.
_ All donations will be matched by the Anna Wheeler Hayes Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation.
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Friends of Outdoor School
Since 1966, Outdoor School has been supplementing Oregon’s public-education system with lessons on the environment, ecology, natural resources, and flora and fauna held in a camp setting. Friends of Outdoor School was recently founded to preserve this experience for youth and to make it available to all students regardless of their socio-economic statuses.
During day-camp courses, student leaders from local high schools work with middle-school students to explore the wonders of science through hands-on outdoor activities and traditional camp experiences. Students remain active from sun up to sun down, conducting field studies, engaging in recreational activities, preparing meals, and building campfires. The student leaders emerge from the experience with greater leadership abilities and both sets of students can bring their newfound knowledge to their science and math classes.