WOW!!! We are blown away at our community’s generosity. We not only met the $100,000 challenge match, we exceeded our goal! Thank you to everyone who made a gift, shared our campaign with others and cheered us along. We are grateful!
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” These words of Charles Dickens have never rung more true for us! With the pandemic, we have decided to postpone our fundraising event, An Evening with Max Brooks until the spring of 2021. We will be in touch with the confirmed date in the future but in the meantime, we are writing to you for your assistance.
With the generosity of a few donors, we are pleased to announce that any gift made between now and June 30, 2020 will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $100,000! Please consider making a gift to further impact our students learning. It is in these hard times that we see the best of times from our community.
Click on the donate button here to make your contribution.
Don’t forget that the recent $2.2 trillion CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Act passed by Congress offers a tax deduction for everyone who makes a cash donation to a public charity in 2020. If you DO NOT itemize, you can still claim a new deduction of up to $300 for cash donations to a charity made in 2020. If you DO itemize, you can deduct qualified cash donations up to 100% of your adjusted gross income.
It was the worst of times…like all students in Oregon, Park Academy has been conducting online classes in order to maintain safety and health. To be honest, online learning isn’t ideal for most students, especially students with learning differences. After all, many of the skills that make one successful for distance learning are those that our students struggle with the most: executive functioning, attention and processing speed. However, there are good times to be acknowledged. Due to the dedication of our faculty, staff and administration, our students are getting the best possible education they can remotely. Our students receive the majority of the school work through real time instruction with their teachers. I also want to add it isn’t just their core teachers, our students are still getting PE, art, theater and music through direct interface with their teachers and peers. Many of our students have blossomed, taking their new situation very seriously with the creation of home offices/classrooms and schedules.
Social isolation is difficult for young people. While they are definitely missing their friends, we have tried to increase social connection through virtual get-togethers and fun, interactive “electives” like pet tricks and Olympic training! Our parents have been very vocal in their gratitude for the quality of learning we are providing online to our students. They see the professionalism and fidelity that has been used to create our online system. While it isn’t perfect, nor ideal, we are quite pleased with the outcomes so far. Who knows, this may lead to new learning opportunities for more students who struggle with learning differences in the future, students who may not need or are physically unable to be on our school campus. Now, maybe more than ever, it is important that we do everything we can to support these students and in order to do that, we need your help. With the need to postpone our annual auction to ensure everyone’s safety, we have challenged our community to raise $200,000 to assist with school needs, particularly the needs that occur with online learning. Some of our students and staff needed additional WIFI infrastructure, our teachers needed new electronic tools to provide the “hands-on” components for their new classrooms including digital learning tools and subscriptions, art supplies and manipulatives, not to mention chrome books and iPads, which were necessary for all of our students. Life continues to place obstacles in the way of student learning and you have the opportunity to help break down those barriers in order to support life-changing access to education.
Thank you in advance for making an impact in our students’ lives. We will be in touch with you soon to update you on how things are progressing. When it is safe again, we look forward to seeing you in person to celebrate!