Two Oregon schools receive $5,000 AFL-CIO ‘Adopt-A-School’ grants

Sitton Elementary School in Portland and the Clackamas County Children’s Commission Head Start in Milwaukie have been selected as recipients of the AFL-CIO Adopt-A-School grant program.

The one-time $5,000 grants were awarded to 21 public schools nationwide to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

The grant money will help support curriculum that shows students the historical connections between workers’ rights and civil rights. Local labor leaders and workers’ rights activists will be invited into classrooms to speak with students.

The two Oregon grants were announced Sept. 16 by the Oregon AFL-CIO and the Northwest Oregon Labor Council.

“We’re extremely proud to present these awards and look forward to working with the schools to ensure that all students have access to quality education and that teachers have the resources they need to teach Oregon’s next generation of leaders,” said Bob Tackett, executive secretary-treasurer of the labor council.

Tackett will present the award to Sitton Elementary at a special student assembly on Wednesday, Sept. 25.

Plans are still in the works to present the grant award to the Clackamas County Children’s Commission Head Start.

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