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Mar 19

An Evening With The Trail Blazers Benefiting Rosemary Anderson High School

By make it better Posted in: NolanSmith, willbarton

It’s Friday night, you have a game on Saturday and Sunday you leave for a five-game-eight-day road trip, how do you spend it? The answer probably falls into two categories, rest and rest. But if you’re Nolan Smith or Will Barton you chose a different route.

The two young Trail Blazers spent their evening at The Nines hotel mingling with guests at a silent auction, students from Rosemary Anderson High School and being interviewed by Mike Barrett before a small crowd—All to benefit the make it better foundation and Rosemary Anderson.

RAHS is an alternative high school in north Portland that caters to students who have hit a bump in their educational journey. They open their doors to these student to help them back to the path of success in a way few other schools do—they address economic, social, emotional and heath obstacles to assist their students and their approach is so successful they currently celebrate a 90-percent graduation rate.

An important component at RAHS is their after school enrichment programs. From drama and music to sports and community service, these programs provide students with limited home lives an opportunity to thrive and more hours in the day for them to gain confidence and learn their lives have purpose and education is the right path.

“I’ve been to a couple schools here in Portland to talk to students and kids and tell ‘em to keep your head up,” Barton said of taking the time to talk to RAHS students. “I been there, I know what you’re going through and keep believing and you’ll be okay.”

The students from Rosemary Anderson in attendance on Friday couldn’t get enough of Smith and Barton. Autographs, pictures and even a friendly hoops challenge filled the jovial atmosphere, but excitement aside, the true meaning of uplifting the students of RAHS rang true.

“I didn’t know much about Rosemary Anderson High School, but after coming to this event and hearing about it and hearing about these kids getting into a situation to better their lives, that’s what it’s all about,” Smith said. “That’s what guys like myself and Will, we love. We love giving back and we talk to these kids, kids that I’ve seen growing up in the DC area and Will’s seen growing up in the Baltimore area, and we know it’s tough and to have somebody that actually cares enough about them to say that they can be something is great. So it was great to come out here and be here for them.”

A Friday night well spent.

Enjoy a photo gallery of the beautiful event.


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