WHAT'S NEW WITH THE CAMPAIGN
This week, the Portlanders for Safe and Healthy Schools campaign visited PTAs and Alumni events at schools across the city including at Astor, Beach, Beaumont, Benson, Beverly Cleary, Boise-Eliot/Humboldt (pictured), Bridlemile, Chapman, Duniway, Grout, Jefferson, Lane, Lewis, Lincoln, Llewellyn, Madison, Roseway Heights, Sabin, Vernon, Whitman, and Woodstock. (Whew!)
It didn't matter whether we were at elementary schools or high schools, which side of the river, at schools big and small; we heard a consistent message from parents. Portlanders want their children to attend safe and healthy schools, and it's time to get the lead out of the water. Parents eagerly signed up to volunteer, took lawn signs, and promised to write postcards to their neighbors reminding them to vote this May 16.
KATIE PROCTOR, BOOKS WITH PICTURES
Today, we're highlighting the endorsement of Katie Proctor, a PPS Parent who owns Books With Pictures, a small business in Southeast Portland.
"I'm happy to support a school bond that will help PPS invest in buildings with gender neutral bathrooms, greater ADA accessibility, and to make sure that every student across all ninety schools has access to a classroom to learn free of neurotoxins and carcinogens including lead, asbestos and radon. As a business owner, PPS parent and a supporter of inclusive communities and spaces, I ask you to join me in supporting Measure 26-193 this May."
LEAD REPORT OF THE WEEK
13 spigots, faucets, and drinking fountains tested positive for above-EPA standards for lead exposure at Northeast Portland's Vernon Middle School (pictured above). The school also has 4 fixtures with toxic levels of copper, as well.
Measure 26-193 will fund full removal of carcinogens and neurotoxins including lead, asbestos and radon from every school across the district. Vernon's students will also matriculate to Madison High School, which stands to receive $150 million of renovations to provide students with safe, healthy, modern and efficient classrooms.
UPCOMING CAMPAIGN EVENTS, AND WAYS TO HELP OUT
We're holding our first Westside canvass TOMORROW, at Ainsworth Elementary, and we'd love to see you there. After this weekend, we'll be hosting multiple events every weekend through the May 16 election.
CANVASS / DOORKNOCKING
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)
Portland students will win this election if we supporters tell our Portland friends, families and neighbors to vote YES and do something about the urgent importance of excellent, equitable public schools across the city.