BENEFITING: JUNIOR LEAGUE OF PORTLAND OREGON INC
ORGANIZER: JUNIOR LEAGUE OF PORTLAND OREGON INC
EVENT DATE: Oct 22, 2011
JUNIOR LEAGUE OF PORTLAND OREGON INC wrote -
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.
Peninsula Children's Center is located at 4720 N. Maryland Ave., Portland, OR 97217.
For more information, please visit www.penchild.org.
Volunteers will participate in three projects at
Number of Volunteers Requested: 10
Bioswale / 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
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)
Grounds Beautification: Volunteers will perform general grounds beautification and maintenance work, such as raking, cleaning up, gardening and pulling weeds.