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Columbia Jackets Keep ‘Haiku Alive’ Poets Dry

On April 19th, a group of 4th/5th graders from the Parkrose School District took part in the ‘Haiku Alive: Awakening the Senses in the Japanese Garden’ program. Being a typical spring day in Portland, the weather was grey and full of rain. Thankfully, each participant had their own Columbia Sportswear donated jacket to keep them dry.

This great education program is now in its second year with the Parkrose School District. Parkrose is surrounded by concrete and highways and has little connection to natural environments. Each of the four elementary schools in the district is designated Title 1, with 71% of the student population receiving free or reduced lunch and over 1/3 of  the household earning less than $35,000.

Japanese Gardens

The students go to the Portland Japanese Gardens, take pictures, and write down the many things that inspire them. The pictures that the students took this April will be printed and brought back to the classroom where the students will write their haikus. These poems will be collected and compiled into books for the students, classroom, and school to have.

Columbia is proud to be able to help this program and others that help to spread a love and understanding of the outdoors to future generations.

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