SHINE Program to Close August 31
Impact NW has notified program participants in its three schools in the Beaverton School District (Kinnaman, Beaver Acres, and William Walker) that the program will close effective August 31st. In a letter to those affected, Jeff Cogan, Impact NW Executive Director, stated:
"Impact NW has operated the SHINE program in partnership with the state of Oregon and Beaverton Public Schools for the past five years. The grant funds that support the program expires this year. Impact NW planned to seek another five years of funding but needed local support to continue the program. The Beaverton School District, facing a budget cut, is unable to support SHINE. No other sources of local support materialized.
Impact NW’s first concern is for the children and families at the SHINE schools and for its dedicated employees who have made this program such a success. The SHINE team will work with the schools and community partners over the next few weeks to ease this transition for families and to sustain resources for them, such as the food backpack program. Meanwhile, Impact NW is prioritizing internal position opportunities for SHINE employees.
Impact NW is proud to have served the Beaverton community through SHINE and looks forward to new ways to support children and families there."
We are very sorry to have these programs be discontinued. Approximately 500 children and their families will be affected. In a recent WCK conversation at Kinnaman Elementary, parents talked about how much their children had benefited from their program and they would not have any other program in which their children could participate. With very little alternative for other care during non-school time, the plight of Washington County children and youth is even more apparent. Washington County Kids is dedicated to increasing awareness of the need for sustainable funding for these programs. We welcome your work with us to move forward. Donate and volunteer.
Washington County Kids (WCK) and Math Gamers Partner to Serve More Students
by Kathy Cvetko, Founder/Owner, Math Gamers©
What is Math Gamers?
We are a unique math enrichment program, using original hands-on games (board, dice, logic) to engage students, gr 1-5, in a fun way!
Each week, students learn a new game, the goals of which are matched to common cores. Learning is presented in the relaxing, interactive manner of game play, so students have fun while refining and applying embedded math concepts!
Over each 6-wk session, they also create a “math art” project, applying geometry, symmetry, measurement and/or sequencing.
We have developed a special set of “active” games to keep kids moving in summer! Our summer camps are 2 hours each morning for a week, and we currently offer them in Sherwood, Gladstone, and Lake Oswego.
Why Is This a Good Partnership?
First, let me say that I've never understood why some folks say they "won't ever use math."
Welders, doctors, checkers, soldiers, IT personnel, athletes, shoppers; we ALL use math.
As with any learning, positive experiences in early life can set us on a path of confidence in our abilities and meaningful memory of what we've learned.
We, at Math Gamers, want to provide those experiences to ALL students. That is why we believe in the mission of WCK.
WCK's focus, to obtain sustainable funding for out-of-school-time programs (early childhood, after school, and summer programs), is one that Math Gamers can stand behind, unequivocally! Currently, Math Gamers is able to provide a small number of scholarships and use a "sliding scale" for some parents who request it; however, we would love to be able to serve many more children whose parents want their students to "have fun with math!"
We are proud to partner with WCK to figure out how we might do this, for ALL of our kids' successes, in school, in society, in life. And, where they will, undoubtedly, be in a world of math! For more information on Math Gamers, please visit our website: https://www.mathgamers.net.
Adelante Mujeres - Conversation Results!
Iris Maria Chavez
Washington County Kids, in collaboration with Adelante Mujeres, hosted the first in a series of community conversations on April 11th. These community conversations will help WCK gather feedback from parents, caregivers, community members, and students about their experiences with out of school time programs.
This was an exciting evening where community members came together to break bread, engage in conversation, and share their experiences with after school programs. Adelante Mujeres members spent an evening talking with Washington County Kids volunteers about barriers to accessing after school time programs and their best experiences with programs throughout the county. Parents shared that various after school programs have increased their kids’ self-confidence, developed their leadership skills, and have provided guidance to help them get on a path to college. Unfortunately, programs aren’t able to enroll all of the students who would like to participate and many can be unaffordable for many families.
Washington County Kids will continue the community conversations over the next several months and will then use the information to inform how it continues to support access to and sustainable funding for early childhood, after school, and summer programs for youth in the county.