Category Archives: volunteer opportunity

Help King Students Play Math

Dear neighbors:

Schools are the heart of our communities and children are the heart of our schools.  King School needs your help in supporting our children’s academic growth and success.  Almost no one would deny that a college education and a strong foundation in academic fundamentals is mandatory in our increasingly knowledge-based economy.  Growing industries like science, technology, math and engineering rely on not only our students’ proficiency in language, but also a strong foundation in mathematical concepts.

Test results show that, upon graduation, fewer than half of Portland students are ready for college math.  For many students the achievement gap starts early.  At King Elementary School only 8 percent of students in 3rd grade are meeting or exceeding state standards in math.  The district average is 56 percent of students meeting or exceeding standards for math in 3rd grade.

In an attempt to increase young children’s comfort with and exposure to foundational mathematical concepts, a parent group in collaboration with King School administration, teachers and the SUN community schools program is looking to offer a twice weekly two hour after school program called “Play Math!”  The curriculum introduces progressively more challenging math concepts the same way that a video game provides more fun, stimulation and challenge with each level a player reaches.

We would like to involve King neighbors. 

Can you share everyday problems you have that the children can help you to solve using math, or, talk about a career or hobby that you have that uses math?  Do you ever have to do any of the following?

  • Create a budget? For example: for a home remodel or grocery shopping.
  • Are you a business owner who has to price products, make sales and track inventory?
  • Are you a computer programmer who ‘teaches’ computers to perform complex mathematical functions quickly?
  • Are you an engineers who designs electronics, roads, bridges, make buildings stand, etc.?
  • Are you a contractor, baker, chef who must measure parts in order to make a whole?
  • Do you play bridge, or, a sport that requires you make basic arithmetic concepts?

We need your stories and problems for the children to solve.  Our class will be every Tuesday and Thursday in March from 3:30-5:00 p.m. Even if you cannot attend we would love to use your picture, story and problem for the students so that they can make the connection between what they are leaning, their neighbors and real world problems solved by math.   If you are interested in being involved please send a quick email to tanyabarham{at}gmail.com

Thanks for helping King students find fun and success in math.  Go Lions!

Tanya

KNA needs a Secretary

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There’s been some changes to our board, and we need your help to record what transpires at our meetings until our General Election in May.  The duties are described in our by-laws, or please contact any of our board members with questions.

Please come to our meeting in November to throw your hat in the ring!

http://kingneighborhood.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/King-Neighborhood-Association-Bylaws-FINAL-APPROVED-2014.07.09.pdf

See you there? Hope so!

Thank You Letter to KNA from Meals on Wheels Jambalaya Festival

KNA received this thoughtful thank you letter after we supported this great event.

Jambalaya Fest Meals On Wheels Thank You Letter.pdf

Want to help out Meals on Wheels?

http://www.mealsonwheelspeople.org/how-you-can-help/volunteer/

http://www.mealsonwheelspeople.org/how-you-can-help/donate/

and don’t forget about our wonderful Backpack Program providing weekend meals to kids in need in and around our neighborhood.

King Backpack Fund

-KNA

 

 

Volunteer on your hood – Sept 12 & Sep 19

skp_1649Gardening Fun
September 12th & September 19th, from 10 am to 1 pm

The King School PTA and Green King are organizing this community events. Get to enjoy the fun and the good feeling that comes from changing some ugly neglected areas into beautiful green areas. Don’t miss this opportunity to help out your community, meet your neighbors and give something back to our King community. Please RSVP if you can. Location is at King School 4906 NE 6th | Portland, OR 97211 Parking is available in the parking lot in NE 7th and Wygant

Join Green King and get updates of the event at https://www.facebook.com/greenkingproject
Or email diego@kingneighborhood.org from Green King if you have any questions.

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is “What are you doing for others?”

Martin Luther King, Jr

The events are to help restore the beauty of the King School surroundings and to do maintenance of the School Garden Project.
Gardening, connecting with neighbors and having fun

Volunteer and Win: In both events, each participant gets a chance to win a pair of tickets to Timbers 2 vs Sacramento @ Providence Park

Thanks to our funder East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservartion District

Become an Alberta Main Street volunteer

 

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Alberta Main Street is seeking passionate volunteers who want to get involved in community and economic development. We will be having a volunteer orientation at our office Thursday, June 11th at 6:30PM. Volunteering with Alberta Main Street is a great way to make an impact in your community, gain experience in a variety of areas and meet new friends.

 

At the orientation you will learn about Alberta Street’s past, present and future. With many exciting volunteer opportunities for people interested in both short and long term commitments – there is an opportunity perfect for you.

Committee volunteers: Meet volunteers currently serving on Alberta Main Street committees; learn what they have accomplished and what they hope to with your help. Alberta Main Street committees include promotion, design, business development, and equity.

Special events: Volunteering at special events is a great way to get your feet wet without a long-term commitment. Our annual events include Alberta Street Fair, Sidewalk Sale, Trick or Treat Alberta Street, Holiday Events and Earth Day.

Episodic volunteers: Volunteers remove graffiti and stickers from garbage cans, provide on-call office support, clean the office and other random and sporadic tasks.

Alberta Main Street Volunteer Orientation

When: Thursday, June 11th at 6:30PM

Where: Alberta Main Street

1722 NE Alberta Street // Portland, OR 97211

RSVP Online: albertamainst.org/get-involved/volunteer/

 

We would love to have you join us!