These past 8 weeks have been intense with trying to raise money for a North Gresham Elementary School’s fourth grade class. In poverty stricken areas it is difficult for parents to be able to afford to send their children on field trips, and often teachers and other parents try to cover the cost. Field trips are an important part to any child’s education because of the learning done, exposure to other cultures, and being able to build stronger relationships with one’s classmates. Our main goal was to try and relive some of the stress of parents and have a pool of money to cover all the field trips this year. While my group did not meet our particular goal, we had to work past roadblocks and didn’t give up.
Our main objective was to obtain a fundraising method that would be sustainable, so it was thought that the Fred Meyer community rewards would be a good option for that. The rewards program works by connecting your rewards card to a specific organization and then every three months Fred Meyer will cut that organization a check for a portion of the money spent by people who are supporting that organization. This initially seemed like a great idea, but after quite a bit of time was spent into making it become a reality we were given the red light because one of those programs already existed at the school. While we are extremely happy the school is getting money and help from people just shopping at Fred Meyers, it was still disappointing and disheartening to find out all the work put into it had been for nothing.
While several of our projects didn’t have the turn out we wanted, we were still able to build relationships within the community with talking about our cause. There are several stores in downtown Gresham that are now partnered with North Gresham Elementary, and there are ideas of what will and will not work for future classes who take on this project. While our goal was not met, we still were able to build relationships within our class, and a hopefully long term relationship with between Portland State University and North Gresham Elementary.