WHAT'S NEW WITH THE CAMPAIGN
Portlanders for Safe and Healthy Schools continues to pick up steam as we rumble through the month of April. This week, our campaign is heading to 18 PTA meetings (from Astor to Whitman, and plenty of schools in between), planning multiple canvass events throughout the month, and preparing to distribute our lawn signs to every corner of the district.
Our lawn signs are the "must have" item to accessorize your front yard, storefront or apartment window this spring. Portlanders who know what’s at stake support the proposed bond. It’s just a matter of remembering to vote. Please get in touch with us and we'll be sure to hook you up with a sign (especially if can you join us for a volunteer shift :).
DISABILITY RIGHTS OREGON
Today, we're announcing the support of Disability Rights Oregon, a longtime champion for inclusive communities and public education.
Disability Rights Oregon is proud to be a part of a coalition calling for safe and healthy schools in Portland. One dimension of these improvements is ensuring that all Portland public schools are fully accessible for students, teachers, family members and visitors with disabilities. Access to schools means access to an education for students, access to employment opportunities for teachers, and inclusion in our communities for family members and visitors to our schools. Ensuring that Portland’s schools meet ADA accessibility standards will help more Oregonians with disabilities achieve greater safety, independence and opportunities.
The endorsements just keep rolling in. Recently, they include State Senator Lew Frederick, Jude Gerace, owner of Sugar Wheel Works, and Community Vision, Inc. Check out our full list and reach out if you'd like to be included on our list of sponsors.
LEAD REPORT OF THE WEEK
22 spigots, faucets, and drinking fountains tested positive for above-EPA standards for lead exposure at Southeast Portland's Bridger Middle School (pictured above). Our campaign visited Bridger last week, a Title I school where 58 percent of students identify as students of color.
Measure 26-193 will fund full removal of carcinogens and neurotoxins including lead, asbestos and radon from every school across the district, and will also provide funding to reopen nearby Kellogg Middle School, where Bridger students will matriculate pending the Bond's passage.
EASY STEPS YOU CAN TAKE THIS WEEK FOR HEALTHY SCHOOLS
Ben, Brandi and Marley continue to steward our field operations for campaign. On Sunday, our volunteers enjoyed some Portland sunshine while knocking on hundreds of doors in Northeast Portland's Mt. Tabor and Rose City Park neighborhoods. We'll be knocking on doors every every weekend for the duration of the campaign. Come join us!
Saturday, 4/15 Ainsworth Elementary (2425 SW Vista Ave) 10am-1pm
Saturday, 4/22 Vestal Elementary (161 NE 82nd Ave) 10am-1pm
Sunday, 4/23 Campaign Headquarters (116 NE 6th Ave) noon-3pm
Saturday, 4/29 Sunnyside School (3421 SE Salmon St) 10am-1pm
Sunday 4/30, Campaign Headquarters (116 NE 6th Ave)
We are also planning a Bingo party on Wednesday, April 12, and a To-Be-Announced "Playoffs and Postcards" party, where we'll invite volunteers to our office to watch Damian Lillard while writing postcards to remind our neighbors to vote for healthy schools in May.
WE NEED YOUR HELP.
We'll win this campaign for $790 million for safe, healthy, and modern schools if we remind everyday Portlanders about the urgent importance of excellent, equitable public schools across the city.
That's why it's important you help right now by forwarding this blog post to 10 of your Portland friends who you want to make sure vote in May.
Thanks for your continued support of safe and healthy schools!