Paul Simon Says Farewell with a Gift for Oregons Kids

of Outdoor School is thrilled to announce a major contribution from
legendary performer and philanthropist, Paul Simon. After playing his
last concert in Portland, Paul Simon left behind a lasting legacy for
the kids of Oregon with his donation to the local nonprofit, Friends of
Outdoor School.

“As I’m embarking on my Farewell Tour and playing in these cities for
what will be the last time, I felt strongly that I’d like to be able to,
in a sense, say thank you to the people and communities who have
supported me and my music for all these years,” said Paul Simon. “The
conclusion I came to was that I could define one, or a couple,
organizations doing work on the ground in each place I visit on tour,
and offer some financial gift that will hopefully have some lasting
impact. In each town and city, there are so many organizations doing
great work, including the invaluable work you do. Keep it up!”

Kim Silva, Friends of Outdoor School’s Executive Director, was thrilled
by the news. “When he played his last tour date here in Portland, Paul
Simon didn’t just leave memories for his concert-going fans–he left
behind a gift for the thousands of children who are served by our
organization each year. We are grateful for his generous support and
vote of confidence in our work.”

Friends of Outdoor School, one of two Oregon organizations receiving
such a gift, will immediately put the funds to use gathering resources
and engaging networks for Oregon’s Outdoor School. Outdoor School unites
Oregonians with a shared experience and connects kids to their land and
heritage through residential, outdoor education.

Special thanks to The
Nature Conservancy of Oregon for its steadfast support of Outdoor
School in Oregon, and for facilitating this generous and exciting gift.

Photo available upon request, or download here.

About Friends of Outdoor School:

Since 1957, Outdoor School has engaged Oregon students in hands-on,
field-based science. Friends of Outdoor School is a non-profit
organization dedicated to increasing student access to the Oregon
Outdoor School programs that contribute to educational development,
inspire youth, and promote personal growth. Friends of Outdoor School
envisions a time when every Oregon student may attend a week of Outdoor
School, and accomplishes its mission through advocacy, fundraising, and
community engagement. The organization is the key connection between
Outdoor School and the larger community of individuals, businesses,
nonprofit organizations, and government agencies that support Outdoor
School programming. friendsofoutdoorschool.org

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