So much learning and fun took place at Family Learning Weekend in 2016. We thank all of our donors for sponsoring this valuable program.
As part of a larger study of Human Rights, FOSD funded an April presentation by Chanrithy Him. She spoke of her experience of the Killing Fields of Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge. The purpose of such presentations is to mobilize everyone in trying to prevent the repetition of such tragedies. Students learned a great deal.
Lindsay Jane’s proposal was awarded $500 to purchase incentives for students as part of a campus-wide program that recognizes safe, respectful, or responsible behavior. Started in the 2010-11 school year, and based on a nationally-known model, any staff member who sees a student demonstrating safe, respectful, or responsible behavior fills out and submits a “PAH! Paper”. Every full week of school, there is a drawing in each area: elementary, middle, and high school. PAH! Papers are randomly drawn, and the students receive small awards, such as gift cards, books, small toys or craft kits. On average; 70 students are recognized weekly through this program. At the end of the school year, one PAH! Paper is drawn from each area for larger awards, such as backpacks, flashing alarm clocks, sports equipment, etc. This program has been a huge success and is in its fourth year funded by FOSD.
Kathleen Davis’s request for up to $605.31 for launching a Spelling Bee competition at OSD was funded. This project is intended to develop bilingual learning (ASL and English), improve independent reading and research skills, instill school spirit and a sense of community and demonstrate the value placed on ASL as a language.
Sharla Jones and Matt Boyd were granted $1,800 for their Special Projects application to again hold a Family Learning Weekend at OSD. There are workshops for parents on literacy, behavior, resources, ASL, transition and other topics. This is a free overnight activity for parents and children, with meals lodging and workshops free for all participants.
The FOSD mission and purpose is to support the enhancement of programs and services for students at OSD beyond the State’s funding responsibility*. The FOSD Board has identified four initiatives for which awards may be granted: education, cultural activities, innovative programs and minor capital improvement projects.
Founded by a small group of dedicated people in 2006, FOSD was established to support the students at the Oregon School for the Deaf (OSD). From that beginning, Friends of OSD has grown into a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with an all-volunteer Board of Directors. In 2014, FOSD created an Advisory Council of 15 members.
The Friends of OSD Strategic Plan provides direction as the nonprofit continues to expand. We are proud to say that 95% of all grants and donations go directly to programs that benefit students.
*The State of Oregon is responsible for operating programs and services for the students at the Oregon School for the Deaf (OSD). Federal case law establishes the expectation that special education services provided by a school be reasonably designed to ensure students make progress. Friends of OSD will not replace or supplant the responsibilities of the state.