2019 – LeVar Burton

Thank You

Having teachers and staff that actually cared about me and challenged me to set and achieve goals made all the difference. I was lost, they helped me find my real self.
Malachi Simnitt

Malachi
Graduate, Class of 2018

2016-03-14T15:19:08-08:00

Malachi
Graduate, Class of 2018

Malachi Simnitt
Having teachers and staff that actually cared about me and challenged me to set and achieve goals made all the difference. I was lost, they helped me find my real self.

Positive Impact

As soon as Malachi started at Park we began to see positive changes in him, his confidence began to grow.  For the first time, he actually like going to school. His academic and reading performance greatly improved after just one year. Park helped him recognize his potential by highlighting his strengths and encouraging him to keep trying.

Angie,

Parent of Graduate

2016-03-14T15:19:18-08:00

Angie,

Parent of Graduate

As soon as Malachi started at Park we began to see positive changes in him, his confidence began to grow.  For the first time, he actually like going to school. His academic and reading performance greatly improved after just one year. Park helped him recognize his potential by highlighting his strengths and encouraging him to keep trying.

Personalized approach

Frequently referring families to Park Academy, I count on Park's remarkably ignited, highly qualified staff for positive personalized approaches to assessing and re-assessing each student's strengths and challenges followed by innovative educational techniques drawn from many disciplines.

Dr. Judith Belk

2019-02-04T22:00:31-08:00

Dr. Judith Belk

Frequently referring families to Park Academy, I count on Park’s remarkably ignited, highly qualified staff for positive personalized approaches to assessing and re-assessing each student’s strengths and challenges followed by innovative educational techniques drawn from many disciplines.

Park Academy’s fifth annual auction, An Evening with LeVar Burton was a huge success!  On June 13, 2019, 260 community members came together to raise over over $360,000 for our scholarship program!

The evening began with our third grade class’s rendition of Michael Hall’s Red: A Crayon’s Story.  They were joined by sixth grader Jocelyn as Pencil the narrator and the audience was mesmerized!

During the auction, heart strings were tugged by the Witter family’s story of transformation.  Their son Riley’s story is told in this video.

In addition, we announced a $1,020,000 Endowed Scholarship in honor three powerful Park Academy Student Champions; Piper Park, Bill Westphal and Gary Maffei. The scholarships being created in their names will ensure the life-changing access for the next generation of Park Academy students that they may not otherwise have ever had.

Lastly, the audience was captivated by LeVar Burton’s presentation which included a reading of his book, The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm.  It closes with a lines, “You’re never really alone when bad things happen.  There are family and friends, even people we don’t know, who are always there to help us through tough times.”  The supporters and advocates of Park Academy are those people.  The compassionate protectors that our students may not even know, who help our students and families as they realize they are not alone.

To view all of the photos, go to this link and enter password LeVar.  Thank you to Andrea Lonas Photography for capturing the events’ moments.

In addition, you can check out articles written by Claire Holley in the Lake Oswego Review, and Benjamin Tapler’s interview with Mr. Burton in Portland Monthly.

That evening we were thrilled to announce our 2020 event, An Evening with Max Brooks to be held on June 18, 2020!  We hope to see you next year!

We could not do this event without our sponsors.  With their generosity, every dollar raised goes directly to the scholarship.

Presenting Sponsor

Dinner Sponsor

Corporate Sponsors

Patron Sponsors

Trillium Family Services

Special Thanks to:

Park Academy
Parent Group

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