They Aren't Called Scholar Athletes for Nothing!
If you know PAST&E, you know that we are about much more than tennis. That couldn't be more evident for PAST&E scholar athletes and George Middle School students Makai, Jasmine, Rosaria and Destiny (pictured), who recently received certificates recognizing their excellent attendance records and academic achievement.
PAST&E Parents Hold Court
In spirited and inspiring fashion, a growing group of PAST&E parents have been learning the game of tennis. Every week, you can find the self-described "Damas" (Ladies) and "Caballeros" (Gentlemen) on the court at SJRC, modeling for their children the importance of an active, healthy lifestyle and helping to build a stronger community here at PAST&E. Says Humberto Gomez, a "Caballero" and volunteer Parent Coach for the PAST&E Junior Teams, “the more we play and understand the game, the better we can support our kids.”
Thank You, Thank You, Thank You
Heartfelt gratitude to the hundreds of donors, volunteers, and friends who made 2012 PAST&E's best year yet. We served 60 scholar athletes and their families, impacted the lives of hundreds more, secured a permanent site for the program, and have made tennis more accessible to the entire community. Your continued support promises a bright future for PAST&E!
Portland After School Tennis & Education (PAST&E) is pleased to announce the launch of the Felton Factor, a “Best in Class” development program serving at-risk junior players who excel at tennis.
The Felton Factor—named in honor of longtime PAST&E board member Matt Felton—focuses on strengthening participants’ fundamental tennis skills, preparing them for competitive play, and encouraging sportsmanship. The program also strives to improve competitiveness against private-club players who generally have greater resources and training opportunities.
“Our 'scholar athletes' participating in the Felton Factor have demonstrated excellence both on and off the court,” says PAST&E Executive Director Danice Brown. “Through the Felton Factor they will continue to set a standard for other PAST&E scholar athletes to follow.”
To build their leadership skills, Felton Factor participants also serve as assistant coaches to PAST&E’s core staff, helping implement the organization’s tennis and fitness programming.
With children returning to the classroom in September, we were pleased to welcome 14 new Scholar Athletes to PAST&E. They are enjoying the benefit of PAST&E's enriching academic and athletic curriculum, which includes tennis and fitness instruction, educational tutoring and life-skills training. They will also compete on and off the court in the National Student Athlete Contest through the USTA, which tracks student grades and USTA league and tournament results.
At PAST&E we greatly value learning about our heritage and that of others. To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month we have been learning about hispanic culture in addition to learning what heritage is and how each person and family is unique! Our first Family Meeting was an opportunity to celebrate hispanic culture together with an amazing Mariachi band and a salsa party! Family Meetings are an important way in which PAST&E reinforces a sense of community amongst our scholar athletes, their families, our staff and volunteers.
PAST&E's summer programming got off to a great start with our "Greatest Rivers of the World" educational tour. We started off in North America learning about the Mackenzie River in Canada, followed by the Rio Grande (called the Rio Bravo in Mexico) which runs through 3 U.S. and 4 Mexican states.
Each day of learning is a divergence from what many students experience at school. We emphasize student led learning, where a student or group of students are presented with a challenge and can then experiment and find a solution on their own. We hope to enable each student to love investigating and coming up with creative solutions to simple and difficult problems alike!
Some of the other themes for the summer include:
Plant and Animal Adaptations: What makes an animal suited to live in a particular habitat?
Cultures: What makes a certain area unique? How do people live differently, depending upon their surroundings?
World Geography: How many countries can you name on each of the continents? Do you know any of the capital cities? Our students will be learning as many as possible this summer, increasing our knowledge of and familiarity with the world outside of Portland, OR!
Click on the links below to read the full articles about our first 3 weeks traveling the Greatest Rivers of the World!
And check out our map to see all of the destinations that we will "visit" throughout the summer!
Earth day is an incredibly meaningful day for Portland After-School Tennis & Education. We are always looking for ways to bring peace to our community and also spend a portion of our extended learning summer program learning about what we can do to save Endangered Animals and the Environment. This April we read about young adults and children who have made big changes in their world: one built a windmill in his village in Africa in order to bring electricity to his neighbors, another started a campaign to plant 1 million trees: to date, that project has planted 1 BILLION TREES! We also read about the Greenhouse Gas effect, and how energy is produced. Our coaches are pretty amazing at finding engaging reading materials for all of our K-6th grade scholar athletes. We've made it a year round habit at PAST&E to recycle and compost every day, but this month we were looking for more ways to reduce, reuse and recycle so we started a few projects! First off, we got seeds started for the PAST&E Garden, planting them in our single serving milk cartons that each student gets every day at PAST&E in their healthy snack. And to really get the garden going, we received Broccoli, Peas and Lettuce from Portland Nursery which we planted this weekend! The PAST&E Families are tending to the new starters and we hoping to plant them in a few weeks! To keep our planting schedule on track we've also received help from students at University of Portland and Oregon Health and Sciences University who've helped us prioritize our garden in the busy PAST&E schedule! Thank you to each of these groups for their help!And finally, we saved up our paper and plastic recycled materials to use for a recycled art project with the theme: Imaginary Animals! And the results were some of the cutest animals we've seen!
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