Community Service

Community Service Activities at Ainsworth

To go along with student MindUp curriculum lessons about mindful action in the community, Ainsworth is dedicated to involving all students in community service activities throughout the year. These community service activities will be staggered throughout the year. All families are encouraged to participate or donate as possible in ALL activities!

Students can help with the coordination of events through the following types of activities:

  • Labeling and putting out collection bins in all classrooms and empty them as needed
  • Help sort/count what’s collected and keep track of what more is needed
  • Making posters for school and flyers for students to take home to parents
  • Write communications around the activity for school wide/room parent electronic distribution
  • Help deliver supplies to different agencies respectively
  • Volunteer at events as appropriate
  • Brainstorm ideas for fundraising if monetary donations are needed/collect funds

Student Council committees will assist students with the coordination of activities, in addition to school staff and teachers at times. The Ainsworth PTA will be asking for additional parent volunteers as needed to also assist students and adult volunteers are required.

General Timeframes:

Children’s Book Bank 6th Annual Book Harvest (October/November)

Alder and Hayhurst/Take Action Inc – Ainsworth Elementary Partnership, Clothes/Book/Food Drives (ongoing)

Alder-Ainsworth Elementary Partnership, Learning Collaborative and School Supplies Drive (ongoing)

Friends of Seasonal and Service Workers Toy and Food Drive (November/December)

PTA Clothing Center (January/February)

We also are hoping that students from each grade will pick a cumulative end-of year project to participate in together or participate in an MLK Day of Service activity. Additional partnership/community service activities may also occur during the course of the year!

Any questions or want to participate, contact Jennifer Rollins at  ainsworthcommunitysvc@gmail.com.

 Activity Descriptions:

 Alder-Ainsworth Elementary Partnership:   Ainsworth and Alder (Reynolds school district) embarked on a Portland cross-school/district partnership, in coordination with both schools’ administration, Ainsworth PTA/student council and the I Have A Dream Foundation (Alder is a dreamer school). Last year Ainsworth donated the Book Fair all for books dollars to the Alder community summer bookmobile program and had an end-of-year school supplies drive. This year, we are hoping to establish an Alder and Ainsworth 3rd grade learning collaborative around the city of Portland, a volunteer exchange between schools, and to continue book, clothing and school supply drives to benefit Alder.

 Children’s Book Bank 6th Annual Book Harvest: The Children’s Book Harvest is part of Portland Public School’s Read Together initiative, which seeks to ensure that ALL students are reading at grade level by the end of 3rd grade.  To help every child succeed, The Children’s Book Bank has partnered with Portland Public Schools to ask the community to donate 30,000 new or gently-used children’s books in the fall.  The books will be cleaned, sorted, and delivered to students at schools specially selected by PPS. To help, Ainsworth families can donate new and/or gently used children’s books that would be appropriate to give to babies, toddlers, elementary age children and middle-schoolers. Ainsworth families donated 1,000 books last year. For more information, go to: http://www.childrensbookbank.org/childrens-book-harvest/

 Friends of Seasonal and Service Worker Toy and Food Drive: The all-volunteer organization Friends of Seasonal and Service Workers assists migrant farm and nursery workers in meeting the needs of their families.  Boxes will be in classrooms to accept non-perishable food and new unwrapped toys in December. Cash and check donations are also welcome.  Checks can be made out to FSSW. Ainsworth families can help by donating, fulfilling child ‘wishlists’, as well as organizing gifts and decorating at the annual holiday event. Stay tuned for dates and more information.

Hayhurst/Take Action Inc – Ainsworth Partnership: Hayhurst Elementary School PTA in SW Portland began a food pantry program in order to be able to provide any student at their school facing food insecurity with a Friday grocery bag full of food, including fresh produce. Ainsworth partners with Hayhurst/Take Action Inc around food and supply drives, as well as donations. For more information, go to: http://www.takeactioninc.org/

PTA Clothing Center Volunteering and Donations:  The PTA Clothing Center serves over 1700 PPS students each year, providing free clothes and shoes to PPS families in need. Ainsworth has been assigned to provide 5-6 volunteers to help at the Clothing Center on 10/11/18 from 9:30-1:30 and in the spring (TBD) at the Marshall High School campus.  If there aren’t enough volunteers on a particular date, the Clothing Center has to turn away kids who come there. Money can also be donated to the Clothing Center to help them purchase essentials. Ainsworth also coordinates a clothing drive for the PTA clothing center in January/February based on the essentials that PTA clothing center staff assess students most need.  For more information, go to: http://www.portlandcouncilpta.org/pta-clothing-center.html