JUNIOR LEAGUE OF PORTLAND OREGON INC via Crowdrise
October 11, 2011
BENEFITING: JUNIOR LEAGUE OF PORTLAND OREGON INC
EVENT DATE: Oct 22, 2011
Thank you to everyone who volunteered at and donated to support JLP's Volunteer in Portland (VIP) Day project at Peninsula Children’s Center on October 22. The project was a great success and a lot of fun!
Thirty-two volunteers completed 128 hours of service and finished all the “sub-projects”. All told, volunteers:
- Removed a wooden fence, prepped and planted a 10’ x 15’ shade garden with the help of Master Gardener and Sustainer Judy Fenker
- Cleaned out garden and flower beds in the play area, by the front entrance and parking lot and planted them with over 400 spring bulbs and flowers
- Cleaned out 3 compost bins and raked down the straw in the vegetable garden area
- Raked up 30+ bags of leaves
- Removed wall-mounted cubbies from classrooms
- Cleaned classrooms and the kitchen
- Planted a rain garden next to the stroller shed, including installing a rain chain
- Built and installed a musical fence
We made it to our $25,000 fundraising goal! Thank you to everyone who donated and fundraised to support us!
This funding supports all of JLP’s community programs throughout the year. We’re accepting VIP Day donations through November 30 by donating here or by sending a check to JLP.
Special thank you’s to Patty Brandt for sponsoring the musical fence; to Bob Zimmerman for all of the work he did on the musical fence materials ahead of time; and to all of the JLP members, sustainers and volunteers who donated or loaned tools and materials to make this project possible.
And, thank you again to all of our corporate donors: City of Portland’s Environmental Services division, Compass Coffee, East Burn grill, Fred Meyer, Home Depot Foundation, Lowe’s, North Portland Tool Library, Pacifiwild Catering, Widmer and Young’s Market.
We look forward to seeing you all at the next Volunteer in Portland Day in 2012!
A little more about the rain garden and musical fence:
Rain Garden: PeninsulaChildren’s Center worked with a pro bono architect and The Oregon Tradeswomen to design and build a stroller shed outside of our building at 4720 N Maryland Ave.The design calls for a flower box with plants in front of the building and all the water from the gutter will drain into this area. This project could also include building the flower box.
The rain garden / bioswale is a great feature for our property and our community. It allows run-off to soak back into the soil naturally rather than running into storm drains. It provides a curriculum tool for our program, as well as an opportunity to educate parents about rain gardens and bioswales. Peninsula Children’s Center is very dedicated to being an earth-friendly program that educates children and families.
Musical Fence: A 4’ Musical Fence for PCC’s Preschool Playground will be assembled and installed. The fence will be similar to the one found on this website: http://www.naturalplaygrounds.com/npc_cart/index.php?productID=736
The musical fence would directly benefit over 70 children in our Junior and Preschool programs. The four foot fence frame is cedar or Trex material, and it holds vertical, galvanized, metal tubes spaced closely together so that children walking or running along the fence while dragging their hand or a stick make the percussive sound, but in this case, the sounds are melodious and random (almost like wind chimes, but much lower tones), and gets faster or slower depending on how fast your hand or stick moves across the pipes. This is a simple, inexpensive instrument that teaches many lessons about rhythm, movement, and sound. It is not "tuned" for a very simple reason: if children are given perfectly tuned pipes in consecutive order, then they will always think that sounds "come" that way. Children should instead "find" sounds, just as they find and hear different sounds in nature. Pipes teach them about the randomness of sounds and notes, and that making traditional "music" is up to them. Many studies show that there is a very strong connection between literacy and music. Through music, children learn to:
Understand language (we must comprehend language in order to become “true” readers) Experiment with rhythm, words, tempo, and melody (which are important skills in reading aloud) Think creatively and holistically Make the connection between print and spoken words Practice motor development and motor coordination while experimenting with various instruments and dance LISTEN (we sometimes forget that listening is an important literacy skill).
About Peninsula Children’s Center
Peninsula Children’s Center’s mission is to provide high-quality, affordable childcare and education as well as family support programs that contribute to the vitality of North and Northeast Portland. Peninsula serves 215 children ages 6-weeks to 12-years-old. Peninsula’s unique economically and racially integrated program is built on a foundation of positive relationships with and between diverse children and families. Peninsula has successfully operated in N/NE Portland for over 40 years, serving families of all races, cultures and socio-economic backgrounds (82% live in N/NE Portland; all live within Multnomah County). 64% of the families we serve are at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level, 20% of the children have special needs, and 52% of our children identify as a racial minority. The race/ethnicity of the children we serve breaks down as follows: 27% African American/African; 20% Multiracial; 1% Native American/ Native Alaskan; 3% Latino/Hispanic; 1% Asian; 48% White/European American.
PCC offers quality child care combining care and education for infants through school-age children to families of all income levels. Children at 5 locations learn through structured play and positive interactions with adults and friends in a child-centered environment. Early literacy skills, creative arts and outdoor activities are included daily.
PCC has a long history of collaborations, partnerships and other program enhancements that enrich existing programs and add new services. Highlights include the Incredible Years Project / Morrison Child & Family Services Collaboration, Music & Art Project with the Portland Children’s Museum and working with the National Association for the Education of Young Children in Washington, D.C., to achieve national accreditation of our programs.
Peninsula Children's Center is located at 4720 N. Maryland Ave., Portland, OR 97217.
For more information, please visit www.penchild.org.