by: RITA A. LEONARD - Cleveland High School Vice Principal Kevin Taylor displays some of the surplus furniture donated recently by Nike to the local high school.As part of a continuing partnership with Portland Public Schools, Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton has donated over 1,000 items of furniture to various Portland-area high schools. The surplus items include desks, chairs, tables, sofas, file drawers, shelving, and storage units.

Cleveland High School received furniture shipments in May and June to supplement student-focused areas, and other priority needs.

Portland School Superintendent Carole Smith advised, “We are thrilled to receive this generous donation from Nike. The arrival of furniture at our high schools is a very welcome addition, and will help transform many of our highest-use areas.”

Cleveland Vice Principal Kevin Taylor explained to THE BEE that after learning about the donations from a district news release, he notified school staff, who chose specific items from a list provided. “The items donated to Cleveland were put into classrooms, as requested by individual teachers,” said Taylor. “Most of the furniture we received included filing cabinets and storage for teachers, to help them with organizing student work.”

Phil Knight of Nike grew up in Inner Southeast, and the company is a longtime supporter of Portland Public Schools – having donated millions of dollars to support academic and sports programs. Cleveland and other Portland high schools have also received assistance from Nike in bringing artificial turf fields and tracks to their sports programs.

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