Portland Public Schools
Portland, Oregon

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An Accelerated Program
for Highly Gifted Students

2334 NE 57th Ave | Portland, OR 97213
Phone: (503) 916-6482 | Fax: (503) 916-2547

Community Service

ACCESS has a voluntary community service program for first through seventh graders. (Eighth graders do service projects in leadership class.) Students who participate in the program volunteer through community and religious organizations, through the ACCESS family Saturdays at the Oregon Food Bank, and on independent projects.


Your family and student can participate as much as you like during the year. You may choose any or all of these ways to participate:

Sign up your student for the recognition program.

Sign up for the Big Tent community service subgroup to receive news and forum updates—ideas for volunteering, links to organizations, and food bank updates.

Sign up and work at one or some or all of the ACCESS family service Saturday shifts at the Oregon Food Bank (please see the end of this sheet for details).

A. Recognition

We recognize students who complete a set number of hours in the June school assembly.

Step 1. Sign up

It’s easy. Email the student’s name and grade and your name to Gigi Cooper: cooper.gigi@gmail.com.

Step 2. Choose activities

Students can volunteer for or raise money for whatever causes they care about as long as it helps somebody in need or helps an organization that helps somebody. They can do the same activity all year, or many types.

Step 3. Log hours

Students do not have to volunteer the same number of hours each month—they just need to complete the expected total hours by the end of May. Your student may count up to half of her/his expected hours from the summer.

1st and 2nd grade 1 hour per month or 8 hours total

3rd, 4th and 5th grade 2 hours per month or 16 hours total

6th and 7th grade 3 hours per month or 24 hours total

Log your student’s hours on the tracking sheet. Email the completed tracking sheet to Gigi Cooper cooper.gigi@gmail.com by May 15.

Family service Saturdays at the Oregon Food Bank for entire ACCESS families members at least six years old (including non-ACCESS siblings)—an adult must accompany children. Many families and students have a lot of fun doing rewarding work and meeting other ACCESS families. The work involves repackaging and sorting bulk non-perishable food items, fresh produce, frozen foods or doing other projects. I hope that many new and old families participate this year. Signing up on the Volunteer Signup site is mandatory as there are limits as to how many people can participate in each shift. Sign-ups for the entire year are available now. First Saturdays, October through June at the Volunteer Action Center, 7900 NE 33rd Drive. Questions? Need to cancel? Contact Seana Lane 503 780.8010