The money raised last year by the Foundation is now funding salaries for six
Educational Assistants (EAs), one for every grade level. EAs provide critical support for our teachers including facilitating small group sessions and reviewing student assignments.
One-third of funds raised go to the Fund for PPS to provide equity in funding for district schools that do not have the benefit of a foundation such as ours. Your contribution not only supports Duniway-- it also promotes equity across our district.
Like so much else in 2020, donations are all online this year. We hope to reach a much wider audience than in prior years and we encourage you to forward this to other family members, friends, or business leaders.
We know this year is a harder one than most for many families, so we encourage you to give what you are able. Across our school community, some families are able to donate more, some less. In past years, donations ranged from $25 to more than $5,000.
We would like every family to participate during the campaign. You do not have to donate to participate! If you are not able to donate this year, submit the Participate form to log your support for the Foundation. The one classroom with the most participation will receive gift certificates to Cloud City ice cream.
Any contribution, at whatever level possible, makes a difference in the quality of your child’s education. Last year our community gave nearly $75,000 through direct donations and corporate matching.
The Duniway Foundation’s Annual Campaign is one of the primary ways that we raise money for Duniway teaching positions not covered by Portland Public Schools and for other educational programs.
I was able to use the money raised last year by the Foundation to fund salaries for six Educational Assistants (EAs), one for every grade level, providing critical support for teachers and students. This fundraiser is one of the ways we keep Duniway’s student-teacher ratios low making a direct impact on the quality of education for your kids.
You may remember green envelopes in the past, but this year all contributions can be made online. I encourage every family to donate what they are able to this year. While I am not sure what next year will look like, I know that these funds will be essential to continue to provide the best support for your kids.
Hello my name is Sarah, and this is my third year working as the Kindergarten EA. Although this year is a challenging one for all of us, I am so pleased to be able to be part of the Kindergarten team once again. As well as teaching art lessons every week, I will also be working with small groups to help support them in their learning.
I have two kids, a fifth grader at Duniway and a 6th grader at Sellwood middle school. I have always been an involved member of the Duniway community—having served on the DAS board, led the Art program and as a former PTA President.
Working with the Kindergarteners is always fun because you never know what they are going to say next!
Hello Duniway first grade families, my name is Jennifer Bamer. I have been an Eastmoreland resident for almost 20 years. All three of my children are Duniway Elementary graduates and I am thrilled to be a part of the Duniway community again!
Prior to my role as a First Grade Educational Assistant at Duniway, I spent 11 years of teaching experience in the North Clackamas School District, primarily teaching 1st grade. The last few years I have spent as a substitute teacher for Grades K-8. I am looking forward to getting to know the students and families at Duniway. Distance learning this year has shown me how resilient your children are. I cannot wait to see their smiling faces in person soon!
Hello! My name is Jami Symons and this will be my third year as an Educational Assistant at Duniway. I received my Bachelor of Science from Willamette University and I am currently finishing my Master of Arts in Teaching. For many years I was part of the Llewellyn Elementary School community where my three children attended school. It is with gratitude that I come to a wonderful community like Duniway!
I work with the second grade classes and I truly love supporting the amazing students and teachers during our “distance learning” together. Specifically, I work with the classroom teachers to support students one-on-one or in small groups with reading, writing, math and science. I also want to encourage the students to think, share and ask questions, so they can truly learn. It has been a joy getting to know each student and listening to their ideas and sharing positive encouragement with them. I feel honored to be a part of this community and hope to be engaging with students and see their faces in person soon.
My name is Sue Ledgerwood and I am the Education Assistant supporting the third grade. This is my second year as an EA for PPS and my first year at Duniway. A native of the Pacific Northwest, I graduated from the University of Portland before becoming the Chief Compliance Officer and Manager of Customer Service for an investment advisor. After adopting my children, I discovered a passion for working with kids and have done so in a volunteer capacity for years. This is also my fifth year as a board member for my children’s school PTA (including two years as President).
Of all my past experiences, my favorite volunteer hours have been the ones spent in the classroom, working with children. I am very excited to be working with your third grader this year!
Hello my name is Christy Suib and the students call me Ms. Christy. This is my fourth year as an EA at Duniway and in some ways it feels like my first due to distant learning. As a mother of three children, I am very aware of the strengths, challenges, and absolute wonder of elementary-aged students. Today with distant learning, I continue to be amazed by my own children and yours, with their perseverance, compassion and willingness to help and teach each other. I am also tuned into the challenges and hardships these students face. With my past work experience with at-risk and marginalized youth in Portland, including running programs for homeless, runaway, and youth involved in the Juvenile Justice System, I am passionate about young people and creating equitable access to education and learning. This always remains in the forefront of my work.
My name is Stephanie O'Malley (Hopp) and I have a fourth grader at Duniway and an eighth grader at Sellwood Middle School. I'm thrilled not only to be working at Duniway, but with the fifth grade team as well this year. As a former fifth grade teacher, I am passionate about this age group and the curriculum! In my spare time you might find me chauffeuring my kids around our community, curled up with a good book, or fumbling around on the piano - but most definitely rooting for the University of Washington Huskies!
We would like every family to participate during the campaign. You do not have to donate to participate! Just click the participate button below to log your support for the Foundation: