In honor of Right Brain’s participation in the 2010 Willamette Week Give!Guide, we thought we would step aside and allow an outside advocate—Kim Strelchun of Hillsboro—to explain why she took the time to make a contribution. Donations are open until December 31, but we encourage you to give today, as your support will encourage others to give, by way of these handy bar graphs. The minimum donation is $10, but $50 will entitle you to incentives from local businesses. Help demonstrate that equitable arts education is a priority to residents of the Portland area. We really need you on this one.
I am a firm believer in the arts. It wasn’t until I had my own children that I realized how critical arts education is to developing the whole child. Both of my children were fortunate to attend a cooperative preschool with a large focus on the arts and learning by creating. The arts have helped my children blossom into creative, intelligent, self-confident, innovative young adults.
Unfortunately, you don’t always see this kind of learning in elementary or middle school. That’s where The Right Brain Initiative comes in. This program understands the value of arts education and how the arts can impact students across all curricula – language arts, math, social studies and science. This is an amazing partnership between schools, teachers, artists and students. I love their mission of bringing in-depth art experiences to all students in the tri-county area. In a time of shrinking budgets, standardized testing and increasing expectations of children, the arts are often left behind.
It was with great pride I made a donation to Right Brain through Willamette Week’s Give! Guide. It was a quick, easy way for me to support an organization whose mission I firmly believe in. This was my little way of helping just a few more children receive the life-long benefits of arts education in their schools. I hope you’ll join me in the campaign.
Kim Strelchun is Past-President of the PTA at Right Brain partner school Jackson Elementary in Hillsboro. She is mother to a 5th grader at Jackson and an 8th grader at Evergreen Middle School. A Team Coordinator with Stand for Children, Kim is also a new candidate for the 2012 Hillsboro School Board.