Introduction to King School
King Elementary School serves 351 students ranging from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade that come from a culturally enriched community in the heart of central Portland. 44.7% of the students at King Elementary School identify as African-American, whereas a typical school in Portland is made up of 9.0% African-American students. Additionally, 80.9% of the students receive free lunch and 7.7% receive reduced lunch. Compared to 40.3% free lunch and 5.5% reduced lunch that other Portland public schools serve. To be eligible for free lunch your family income must be under $15,171.
Background Information About Our Community Project
Our project was centered around fundraising for Mrs. McCarthy’s fourth grade classroom in order to provide her with the necessary materials students need to have proper access to their overall learning. Our goal was to raise enough money to purchase eight ChromeBooks to complete her classroom set. The additional eight would provide students with the opportunity to participate using their own ChromeBook during class activities. Currently, Mrs. McCarthy is only able to facilitate ChromeBook activities during times when students can borrow from other classes. She would like to provide her students with equal access to technology each day in the classroom.
The Importance of Technology in the Classroom
Technology is a fundamental component that has been integrated into classrooms around the United States. Classrooms that have been afforded technology have been able to incorporate a diverse learning experience for their students. All students should have access to computers in school in order to learn fundamental skills. With this shift in technology, there is a world of valuable learning activities available using computers. When given the opportunity, students are much more interested in submitting their papers formally through typing over the traditional handwritten option. With technology such as ChromeBooks, students are able to create presentations with amazing graphics instead of using glue and scissors to create a poster. Additionally, they are able to practice their Math skills online rather than doing worksheets. Technology has become an integral tool for children to be able to engage in group reading activities, read independently, foster a love for reading, writing, creative writing, and typing skills, gain early editing and grammatical skills, and the list of benefits goes on.
Fundraising Efforts Throughout Spring Term 2017
Our team started out by using three different strategies: going out into local businesses and spreading the word about our project, sharing our project and DonorsChoose.org link on our social media accounts, and researching and applying to scholarships/grants that may potentially fund our project. After trying out all options, we realized that going out into the community to local businesses proved to be the most beneficial. Team members took the time to walk into businesses in the King school area, reach out to managers and owners, and talk to them about the school’s needs – specifically our project on supplying ChromeBooks to Mrs. McCarthy’s fourth grade classroom. Additionally, team members also posted up flyers both around and outside the school’s neighborhood area to inform more people about our cause. Lastly, we ended the term with our huge and final fundraiser: Jamba Juice Fundraiser Cards. Project managers contacted Jamba Juice, signed a contract, and got a hold of cards for each team member to sell. Each card costs $10.00, and $5.00 out of the $10.00 per card went towards our project. Due to extended our project a week longer in efforts to sell all the cards we received our team does not have the total dollar amount we have raised for Mrs. McCarthy. However, before the final final fundraiser we had raised a total of $461 with potential to double that amount if all Jamba Juice cards are sold. We hope that the next team who takes on this project will work their hardest to fulfill her overall goal!
TEAM KING SCHOOL: TECHNOLOGY FUNDING
Charlene Ashley: ChAshley@pdx.edu
Randee-Jo Barcinas-Manglona: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ana Vargas: email@example.com
Caitlin German: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gwen Partlow: email@example.com
Kathryn Simmonds: firstname.lastname@example.org