The Promise features Umatilla students


A pair of Umatilla School District students are featured in “The Promise of Oregon” public education support campaign

Jordan Lucky Pifher, a student at Clara Brownell Middle School, is part of a statewide public education support campaign, which officially debuted in November 2014. It aims to create public support to help meet the state’s 40-40-20 goals and lift student achievement and graduation rates. The Promise campaign also showcases districts whose cutting-edge programs are preparing students for careers and college.

Pifher was one of five students statewide who were recently featured on the campaign website at It includes photos and videos of Oregon students who have completed the sentence beginning with, “I am the Promise of Oregon because…” Pifher states he wants to become a veterinarian and help people’s animals. Also, a Dec. 12 spot features Maria Moreno, a Umatilla High School student who wants to study history.

The “Promise” campaign is coordinated by the Oregon School Boards Association. The campaign’s two defining principles are: Today’s students are Oregon’s greatest natural resource and We as Oregonians must invest in our public schools so the next generation can reach its potential.

“We need to continue to dream bigger,” said Jim Green, OSBA’s executive director. “Public schools are the best investment we can make in our young people.”

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