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CFT students to be featured in education campaign

'Promise of Oregon' returns to Charles F. Tigard to showcase student achievements, aspirations


SUBMITTED PHOTO - Ruby Becker, a fifth grader at Charles F. Tigard Elementary School, is one of a handful of Tigard students to be featured in a new public awareness campaign by the Oregon School Boards Association aimed to promote public education. Six Tigard-Tualatin elementary school students are about to get their 15 minutes of fame thanks to a new public awareness campaign by the Oregon School Boards Association.

Students from the school are being featured by “The Promise of Oregon,” a public awareness campaign by the OSBA aimed at increasing funding for K-12 schools in Oregon.

Started in 2014, the campaign posts videos and testimonials online aiming to highlight of the school districts doing great work with their students.

This isn’t the first time that Charles F. Tigard has been chosen by the “Promise” campaign. The school was one of several featured in a back-to-school video in the fall. Maureen Wolf, a Tigard-Tualatin School Board member, is also a member of the OSBA board of directors.

“Our challenge now is to dream bigger,” said Betsy Miller-Jones, OSBA’s executive director. “We need to imagine just how far our districts could take our young people if we as a state invested more in our greatest natural resource — our children.”



Charles F. Tigard is the only school in the Tigard-Tualatin School District to implement a one-to-one iPad program. Every student in the school uses the electronic devices to help with their schoolwork.

“This year we are really trying to focus on those schools and districts that are focusing on certain areas — such as STEAM — to prepare kids for college and career,” said Alex Pulaski, a spokesman with the OSBA. “When we heard that every kid at C.F. Tigard is issued an iPad, we thought that it was a natural fit for this phase of the campaign.”

The testimonials are short, asking students from across the state to finish the sentence, “I am the promise of Oregon because ...” The pieces are meant to showcase the diversity of student aspirations.

In all, a half-dozen students from Charles F. Tigard Elementary School will be featured in the campaign over the next few months.

Ruby Becker will be featured on the website Dec. 7. Classmate Zoey Merlino will be featured Dec. 22. CFT student Noah Wessel was profiled on the website on Nov. 12.

The other students haven’t yet been scheduled, but should appear over the next few months, Pulaski said.

Pulaski said that about 180 students from across the state will be profiled on the website, one a day, through mid-2016.


Charles F. Tigard students featured in "Promise of Oregon" campaign:

• Noah Wessel, fifth grade: "I am the Promise of Oregon because one day I will be a cartoon animator and have my name in the movie credits."

• Ruby Becker, fifth grade: "I am the Promise of Oregon because I want to help animals be healthy so their owners can have fun with their pets."

• Zoey Merlino, second grade: "I am the Promise of Oregon because I love helping horses and cats and want to be a veterinarian."

• Macey Caballero, fifth grade: "I am the Promise of Oregon because I don't think there are enough cool buildings in the world, so I want to design them."

• Iara Hernandez Fajardo, second grade: "I am the Promise of Oregon because I want to help the Earth by recycling the garbage."

• Ryan Rosenfield, second grade: "I am the Promise of Oregon because I want to build model trains that go really fast for kids to play with."


By Geoff Pursinger
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