Hearty “Thank You!” to all the E4Eers who joined us in December for delicious pizza and beer to support our city’s students and Outdoor School. You donated over $350 — and allowed a Ron Russell Middle School student to witness the magic and science of experiential learning at Outdoor School.
Some background about the organization: Outdoor School http://www.mesd.k12.or.us/os/OutdoorSchool/Welcome.html is a program run through the Multnomah County Educational Service District; each year it sends 7000 sixth graders to study environmental science in a hands-on, fun learning environment. Outdoor School is a part of Portland’s local heritage and strong sustainability ethic. It has inspired countless students to pursue careers in science, sustainability, and education.
This year many Portland-area school districts had to cut Outdoor School from their budget; among them is David Douglas School District. http://www.ddouglas.k12.or.us/ Located east of I-205 and south of Burnside, it is one of the lowest income districts in the entire state, with a staggering eighty percent of students on free or reduced lunch. Your supper money went to Friends of Outdoor School to get those kids learning outside.
What a great way to bring inspiration and equity to some of Portland’s own neighborhoods… and have some fun while we’re at it! See everyone again soon.