Open School East, located at 16570 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97233, is a extremely rigorous college-prep program for amazing children who need something other than the traditional school. There are many students that are likely to drop out, and open school knows who those students are. They find them, and surround them with what they all need to graduate and get ahead. This includes; academics, equity and advocacy. Open school consists of four core programs: Open School East, Open School North, Step Up and Open School Masters of Arts in Teaching.
Open School East’s principal is Matt Ross. The East program is a 7th – 12th grade college prep school that is located in Multnomah County. These students advance an average 2.5 grade levels in math and reading wile attending their first year with open school. At Open School it is emphasized to build long, strong healthy relationships, personal responsibility, clear choices and outcomes, stepping-stones to post-secondary success and relevance. At the beginning of the term our team set four goals.
- To reach out and contact the businesses that the Winter term team suggested and others that our team thought of.
- Create long lasting relationships between organizations/ businesses with Open School
- Secure donations and a plan for future donations
- Create and open a food bank/pantry in Open School for students have a resource for food that they can easily go to for free
Open School East currently serves 135 students. These students are in middle school and high school. By 2019 they hope to serve 270 students. It costs a yearly amount of $12,000 to support Open School students. And although thy receive grants, it is still not enough to cover the entire $12,000. Not only is this a factor for these kids to get ahead but food security and having the access to the clothing on their backs in order to attend school at all.
There is a passion to move these children forward to graduate high school and go onto college. Lets help raise the statistics for graduates together. It’s not easy getting organizations to help our cause, but persistence is key. Moving forward and keeping that communication going with the list of organizations and asking them for their help will keep and build those authentic relationships going between them and Open School. We are very exited to see what the future terms and teams accomplish. We are exited to see where you take what we and the past terms started. The list our team members made with the organizations we contacted is a great start to get connections built. It is a great starting point for the next term to pick up where we left off. We hope to see this grow and hope to see that food pantry to provide free food for those students that need it. We hope to secure those donations for those students that need clothing that cant afford it. We hope to see this organization thrive!
Team Members: Giselle Reynoso, Laura Hanson, Annaliese Anderson, Leanna Knight