PT&E Wins First Place at the St. Johns Parade

Another year, another first place ribbon! Our PT&E family received our third 1st Place ribbon at the St. Johns Parade today, and as always, we had a blast dancing through the streets of St. Johns while greeting familiar faces all throughout the neighborhood!

Thank you to all community members who came out in support of the parade and our Scholar Athletes. We love our neighbors!

Ariel, Rosie and Miguel are Headed to State!

ARIEL, ROSIE AND MIGUEL ARE HEADED TO STATE!!!

We are very proud of all of our Scholar Athletes who represented their high schools at the district tennis tournaments this year and thrilled to share that three of them will be representing their schools at the 2018 OSAA State Tennis Tournament!

Ariel, Rosie and Miguel have been attending PT&E since 2009 and are among the original 14 members of the program in its current form.

Ariel attends Jesuit High School and will be representing the Metro League with his doubles partner at the state tournament. Rosie and Miguel will both be representing the PIL and Roosevelt High School in the singles section of the state tournament. 

Good luck at state, Ariel, Rosie and Miguel!

adidas Team Visits PT&E for a Day of Fun

Our Scholar Athletes were excited to welcome members of the adidas recruitment team to program on Wednesday 4/25. Each volunteer from adidas teamed up with a group of Scholar Athletes to create a skit about their favorite peace word. After performing these wonderful skits everyone headed outside to make chalk murals about their peace words and enjoy the sun!

Thank you to everyone who came from adidas! Here are some pictures from the day:  

March Reading Challenge

On Tuesday, 4/24, we announced the winners of our March Reading Challenge. Throughout March, National Reading Month, all of our Scholar Athletes, Coaches and parents competed to read as many books as possible. Altogether our Scholar Athletes read over 5000 pages, more than 25 hours and 135 Reading A to Z ( a program we use to increase literacy) books! Our top readers were Peanut, Daniela, Bryan, Jeremy and Coach Mikayla! We are very proud of all of our Scholar Athletes. Here are some pictures of those who participated in this years challenge.

Passport Oregon Trip #4

Our Scholar Athletes took their 4th trip with Passport Oregon this past weekend heading into the Columbia River Gorge for a hike at Latourell Falls. They were led by a local naturalist who taught them about the history of the gorge, edible things in the forest, and uses for the plants around them. One of our Scholar Athletes had a run in with some stinging nettle but with the help of her friends who had been listening to our guide was able to stop the stinging using a local plant. It was another memorable trip for our kids! Thanks Passport Oregon for making it all possible! Check out this video of the trip: https://vimeo.com/265938190

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Our Scholar Athletes Star in Benson vs. Roosevelt Tennis Matchup

7 of our Scholar Athletes were on the court yesterday in a PIL showdown between Roosevelt and Benson. Miguel, Alberto, Rosie, Gerry, and Cesar represented Roosevelt and Holli and Angel wore Benson blue. The Roosevelt Womens team came away with a 6-2 win and the Benson Mens team won 5-3 (after an unfortunate default for Roosevelt). All of our 7th and 8th grade Scholar Athletes were on hand to watch and support their peers in this exciting duel!

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SMART Program Kick-Off at PT&E

We were excited to launch our partnership with Start Making a Reader Today (SMART) this past Tuesday 3/21. SMART is an organization that works throughout the state and uses volunteer readers to provide literacy support for students in grades K-3. 

Each Scholar Athlete reads with their SMART volunteer for 30 minutes per session and receives a book to take with them to start their own home library. There are currently 10 Scholar Athletes paired with SMART Readers and we are hoping to grow our program in the months to come.

Third grade reading level is widely considered to be a key indicator of future educational success and SMART is a key element in supporting our goal of having all of our scholar athletes reading at the 3rd grade level by 2020.

Our Scholar Athletes Visit the Oregon Coast

This past Saturday 9 of our scholar athletes took their second trip with Passport Oregon, this time visiting the Oregon coast. They went on a majestic hike through the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park before enjoying lunch and games on the beach in Gearhart. We even got to enjoy some rare Oregon coast spring sunshine! Our scholar athletes had a great time and are excited for their next trip when they'll visit Silver Falls State Park in April. Thank you Passport Oregon for making these adventures possible!

Our First Trip with Passport Oregon

On Saturday, March 3rd, we kicked off our partnership with Passport Oregon, an organization that takes students on bi-weekly outdoor adventure trips. For our first trip we went to Hoyt Arboretum, where our Scholar Athletes learned about some of the amazing natural diversity here in Oregon on a hike lead by a local guide. 
This Saturday we will be headed to the Oregon coast. The kids can't wait!