Reading Is Resistance at Portland Village School This term we worked with a new partner, Portland Village School, to begin the process of building more diverse classroom libraries for students in two first grade classrooms. Our goal was to help … Continue reading
What is Reading for Resistance and Little Free Libraries? Please watch the project video HERE. Reading has been shown to empower and inspire students; this is much easier when the books the students are reading are about people that are … Continue reading
“The past two decades of research powerfully connect access to print with higher reading scores and, conversely, lack of access with lower scores.” (Trelease, 107) Think back to when you were a child. Did your parents read you bedtime stories? … Continue reading
Hello there, my name is Elena Knepprath, PSU class of 2011. I remember my time spent at PSU to be absolutely thrilling. Spending countless nights reading and getting worked up about inequality and the many social ills that plague our … Continue reading
The civic engagement activities that I have engaged in, as a result of my senior capstone class, Enhancing Youth Literacy, have exposed me to the tremendous need that is prevalent in our local Portland-area communities. I believe that this exposure and experience has enhanced my Civic Identity and Commitment. These experiences have clarified my sense of civic identity and reinforced my commitment to public action. I now see it as a personal duty to volunteer my time, when it is available, and my strengths, when they can be utilized, to better my local community. There are many different needs prevalent in our community, and a variety of ways that one can give back. Finding out what your interests are in and where you can make a difference is simpler than it may seem.
Using Hands on Portland to Find Volunteer Opportunities
Hands-On: Greater Portland is a great website that lists many diverse volunteer opportunities in the Portland Metro area. One can conduct an “Advanced Search” to seek out a certain time-frame that one has available to volunteer or a certain subject that one is most interested in, there are even opportunities to volunteer with your children.
Through Hands-On I found a volunteer opportunity to unpack and sort donated supplies for low-income children in the Greater Portland area. This opportunity was with Northwest Children’s Outreach, which is a local faith-based non-profit organization dedicated to helping children in need in the local community. Continue reading