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!

Supporter Appreciation Fiesta

Our hearts are full from the love and support we have received over the years. We were thrilled to have over 100 supporters join us on Sunday February 25th for our 2nd Annual Appreciation Fiesta - more than double the attendees from last year!

Thank you to everyone who attended for letting us celebrate you, and thank you for your contributions! We had a lovely time listening to music from our scholar athletes, Coach Jason and Coach Bob, eating authentic Mexican food and of course playing tennis. To all of our supporters who couldn't make it, we appreciate you so much and hope to see you soon! Here are a few pictures from the event:

National Girls & Women in Sports Day

Yesterday the University of Portland Women’s Tennis team joined our scholar athletes to celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day. The college athletes shared the profound impacts sports have had on their lives with our students, answered questions, ate cookies with the girls in the program, and, of course, played tennis!

It was an inspirational and impactful day for all of our scholar athletes but especially the girls in our program.

Thank you U of P Women’s Tennis team for inspiring us! Thank you to Coach Susie and Filip for making this opportunity possible!

West Hills Racquet and Fitness Club Book Donation

It has become a holiday tradition for members of the West Hills Racquet and Fitness Club to donate books to scholar athletes at PT&E. Each year at the WHRFC there is a Christmas tree decorated with ornaments that have pictures of our students. On the back of each ornament is a description of our scholar athletes reading levels and their interests. Members of the WHRFC pick an ornament from the tree and then buy a book (or two) for "their scholar athlete".  Last Tuesday 3 WHRFC members visited PT&E to drop off the presents!

Our scholar athletes were thrilled to receive brand new books and have not stopped reading them since!

Thank you to everyone at the WHRFC who made this day possible. Our students appreciate you!

Winter Break Tennis Clinics

Our scholar athletes returned to school yesterday and although they had two weeks off for winter break many were hard at work. Throughout the vacations they came to the SJRC for our Winter Break Tennis Camps to work on their games, improve their fitness and have fun!
"The tennis camps were my favorite part of winter break," said Coach Franklin. "It was great to have scholar athletes developing their skills and working hard during the holidays."

A special thank you to coaches Franklin, Ian, Vu, Eric, John, Fitz, Ben and Andrew (who is a D1 player and tennis captain at Utah State) for making the Winter Break Tennis Camps possible for our Scholar Athletes and the public!

To avoid a "brain freeze" over the holidays our scholar athletes and their families earned points for prizes by participating in the Winter Break Challenge, which promotes time with family, encourages out-of-school learning, and maintains healthy habits.

Here are a few pictures of our scholar athletes working on their games. The grind never stops!

PT & E Visit Fire Station 22

On December 12th five of our little chimps visited Portland Fire Station 22, that serves the St. Johns and Cathedral Park neighborhood. Our scholar athletes learned fire safety tips, got to meet our local firefighters and ask them questions and play around on the rig.

“The little chimps had a blast learning from and getting to meet the firefighters" said Coach Steph who accompanied the scholar athletes on the visit.

“The firefighters were really cool" proclaimed Jordan who was one of the lucky scholar athletes who got to visit the station. 

Here are some pictures from the trip!