SILVERTON OPPORTUNITY is happy to announce it has awarded its 2017 Opportunity Grants to two Silverton High School seniors and two area educators.
Our original intention was to award just two grants, but the quality of the applications made us rethink our goals.
Student applicants were asked to submit an essay describing the role of women in leadership, and then telling how a grant would help them achieve their personal leadership goals.
Teacher applicants were asked to come up with an innovative way to bring equity into their classroom.
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO APPLIED FOR THE 2017 GRANTS.
FIRST GENERATION AMERICAN, ANGIE RUEDA, WILL ATTEND CHEMEKETA COMMUNITY COLLEGE IN SALEM, OREGON TO GAIN SKILLS TO HELP LATINA AND HISPANIC WOMEN FIND THEIR OWN VOICE AND POWER IN THE LARGER COMMUNITY. ANGIE ALSO WANTS HER EDUCATION EXPERIENCE TO BE A ROLE MODEL FOR HER YOUNGER SIBLINGS AND RELATIVES.
ALEXIS WILL BE ATTENDING THE UNIVERSITY OF OREGON IN EUGENE, OREGON TO STUDY POLITICAL SCIENCE, ARABIC STUDIES, AND GERMAN. HER DREAM IS TO ONE DAY WORK WITH REFUGEES AND HELP LIFT PEOPLE OUT OF POVERTY. ALEXIS SEES HERSELF WORKING AROUND THE WORLD.
MS. HURLEY, WHO TEACHES AT TWO SMALL RURAL SCHOOLS IN THE SILVER FALLS SCHOOL DISTRICT, WILL BRING IN A CERTIFIED CHILDREN'S YOGA INSTRUCTOR TO HER SECOND GRADE CLASS. SHE SEES YOGA CLASSES AS PROVIDING CHILDREN USEFUL TOOLS TO CALM THEMSELVES AND GAIN PHYSICAL COORDINATION, FLEXIBILITY AND CONFIDENCE.
SILVERTON MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHER, CINDY HAWLEY RUNS THE ACADEMIC ASSISTANCE PROGRAM. A KEY SKILL THESE CHILDREN LEARN IN HER CLASS IS PERSISTENCE. MS. HAWLEY USES INNOVATIVE AND FUN TOOLS TO HELP KIDS PUSH THROUGH FAILURE. TWO OF THOSE TOOLS WILL BE FUNDED WITH THIS SILVERTON OPPORTUNITY GRANT -- BEAN BAG BALLS FOR JUGGLING, AND THE IMAGINATIVE GAME CALLED CLASSCRAFT.