Is an after-school Spanish literacy project that began and continues to excel at Vern Patrick Elementary School in Redmond, Oregon. In January 2010, thanks to funding support from The Oregon Community Foundation, the project expanded to Redmond’s M.A. Lynch Elementary School. In Fall 2010, Latina mothers at John Tuck Elementary began an all-volunteer La Clase project. Thanks to a grant from Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation, this year the mom-teachers at John Tuck will receive stipends for their efforts and Sisters Elementary will implement La Clase there as well.
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We are proud to have taken on management of the La Clase Spanish Literacy after-school program in Redmond where over 100 students are participating. We began as fiscal sponsor for the project in 2009 and developed successful proposals to the Oregon Community Foundation in 2010 and Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation in 2011 to expand the program from its origin at Vern Patrick Elementary to include Lynch and John Tuck Elementary in Redmond and, just this year, Sisters Elementary. In addition to the students impacted, 18 Latina mothers are involved in teaching their kids Spanish providing them positive role models, gaining leadership and job skills, and becoming more engaged in their kids’ schools. In Spring of 2011, we expanded our community education and youth empowerment programs to include La Clase and our Youth Community Involvement Program thanks to the above mentioned grants and $5,000 from the Oregon Community Foundation’s Latino Partnership Program.