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Philanthr opic Highlights AASK Aardvarks Advocate Skills and Knowledge


AASK is a public-private partnership between OES and the Beaverton School District, providing literacy enrichment activities for students at Whitford Middle School whose educational futures are challenged by socio-economic, language, and academic circumstances. In its 18th year, AASK is the only program of its kind in the area.


To the theme of “Adventures Ahead!”, 150 students spent four weeks full of fun and learning during AASK Summer Camp 2015. Taking cues from Nike designers and a young boy from Liberia, students embellished Converse shoes with their own life stories, wrote poetry for elderly friends, helped feed the hungry, provided companionship to the homeless, engaged in theater games, formed an impromptu handbell choir, and spent many hours reading for the Reading Olympics and Rainbow Reading Challenges.


AASK continues to be wildly popular with the middle school students at Whitford, as well as with the high school tutors from OES and Beaverton High School. Kudos to the 2015–16 OES and BHS student leadership, who helped secure commitments from 36 tutors and 40 Whitford students to participate in the program this year.


This year AASK faced a transition as the beloved founder of AASK, Myra Clark, retired after 18 years of service at OES. Former primary teacher Dori King will carry on Myra’s legacy in the newly formed position of Director of Community Partnerships. In addition, Spanish teacher Maria McIvor serves as AASK Program Coordinator.


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