West Seattle Blog... » How to help http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Sat, 01 Nov 2014 03:27:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 West Seattle Halloween helpers: Girl Scouts’ candy drive Sunday http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-halloween-helpers-girl-scouts-collecting-candy-tomorrow/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-halloween-helpers-girl-scouts-collecting-candy-tomorrow/#comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 17:23:04 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289818

Coming to the West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival tomorrow? First, take a quick detour, if you can, to help make Halloween happier for others. From West Seattle Girl Scout Troop 45172:

On Halloween night from 6-8 pm, Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission hosts an annual festival in the Youth Reach Out Center for kids and teens. They earn candy and other treats through fun games and competitions. To help make this fun and safe event a success, West Seattle Girl Scout Troop #45172 is holding a candy drive at The Junction QFC this Sunday from 9:30-11:30 during the Harvest Festival. Bring or buy a bag of wrapped candy to donate.

The store is at 42nd/Alaska, right across from Junction Plaza Park, where the costume parade will start at 11:30 during tomorrow’s festival.

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School fundraising season: Arbor Heights Elementary’s ‘Circle of Friends’ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/school-fundraising-season-arbor-heights-elementarys-circle-of-friends/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/school-fundraising-season-arbor-heights-elementarys-circle-of-friends/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:15:08 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289385 Some have auctions, some have walk-a-thons, some have “direct drives” – whichever the method, it’s the time of year when PTAs ask for the support of their communities (and school funding has certainly been in the news lately). From Arbor Heights Elementary:

Join the Circle of Friends! The Arbor Heights Elementary PTA invites any and all members of the West Seattle community to Join the Circle of Friends by participating in our direct fundraising drive October 13-31st! 100% of funds raised by the PTA go to support programs that enrich the educational experience of students at Arbor Heights! The Arbor Heights PTA funds its $74,000 annual budget (which, shockingly, is bigger than our school’s operating budget provided by the State!) through various charitable giving events (membership drive, direct drive, annual auction, etc.).

This year PTA priorities (voted on by the membership) include: Young Authors Day, 5th Grade Camp, Instrumental Music, Kindergarten Aides, Playground Equipment, Academic Enrichment and Field Trips, Safety Patrol, Library, Global Reading Challenge, Sports Equipment, and Teacher Requests for innovative learning.

Visit arborheightses.seattleschools.org to learn more, download a donation
form, donate online, or set up a recurring donation! Thank you!

If you have a school fundraiser under way or coming up and want to invite the community to be part of it, please make sure we know about it – thanks!

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Buy/give/make apple pies, in Bells of the Sound bake-a-thon http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/buygivemake-apple-pies-in-bells-of-the-sound-bake-a-thon/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/buygivemake-apple-pies-in-bells-of-the-sound-bake-a-thon/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:13:41 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289509

(Apple pie “before” photo, courtesy Bells of the Sound)
Before we hunker down and get really serious for the day – after a rough commute for many – let’s talk pie. Not for right now, sorry. This is one you have to plan for. It’s an annual pie-making/selling/giving event here in West Seattle, and we don’t always get word in time for you to join in, but this year, we did. From Shirley:

Would you like to donate an Apple Pie to help feed the homeless through the Union Gospel Mission this Thanksgiving? Or, Would you like a homemade Apple Pie for Thanksgiving – but don’t have time to make it?

If either of these is tempting, we can help you out! Bells of the Sound is making homemade Apple Pies for Thanksgiving and we’d be delighted to make one for you. Pies will be available on the 15th of November – ready to freeze. Return the completed form to Shirley Lindberg, Bells of the Sound, c/o Tibbetts United Methodist Church, 3941 41st Ave SW, Seattle, 98116; call me at 206-300-5724; or email me at Director@BellsOfTheSound.org for questions or more information. Please pre-order your pie by November 2nd. We only make enough for the pies that have been pre-ordered.

Also, if you love making apple pies, please feel free to email me as well. We have previously made between 600 and 700 pies on our Pie-Making Day – and extra hands are always welcome.

Holiday concerts have also been scheduled, and you can check the Bells of the Sound website for a concert near you. The West Seattle concert is scheduled for Tibbetts United Methodist Church on Friday, December 12th at 7:30 pm.

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Help your neighborhood be prepared! Come to Tuesday’s Junction Neighborhood Organization meeting to help ‘hub’ get going http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/help-your-neighborhood-be-prepared-come-to-tuesdays-junction-neighborhood-organization-meeting-to-help-hub-get-going/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/help-your-neighborhood-be-prepared-come-to-tuesdays-junction-neighborhood-organization-meeting-to-help-hub-get-going/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 04:28:59 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289370 Tuesday night, the Junction Neighborhood Organization meets – and it’s not just a chance to hear and talk about projects and issues in the area, it’s also a chance to help your neighborhood be prepared! From Ellen West:

Earlier this year, JUNO committed to joining with West Seattle Be Prepared and to create a Emergency Communication Hub in the Alaska Junction area. We’ve approached Hope Lutheran, who will partner with us on hosting the Hub location. So now we’re ready to form the Hub team and start training with the other West Seattle Hubs. Please come to the next JUNO meeting on Tuesday, October 21st, 6:30 at the West Seattle Senior Center, 4217 SW Oregon, to become a volunteer for this important work! For more information, please e-mail Ellen, ellenwestchina@gmail.com

Haven’t heard about the Hubs? They’re explained at westseattlebeprepared.org – go here.

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Video: Opera for a cause! Singing for SWYFS in Fauntleroy http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/video-opera-for-a-cause-singing-for-swyfs-in-fauntleroy/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/video-opera-for-a-cause-singing-for-swyfs-in-fauntleroy/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 01:15:16 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289362

Lyric soprano Vicky Oxley and mezzo-soprano Linda Rough are the Opera Belles, and their 10-song “Parade of Operatic Hits” was the perfect note to end a sunny Sunday in Fauntleroy. With accompanist Hartwig Eichberg, they sang the music of nine composers in a house-recital benefit for Southwest Youth and Family Services, whose director Steve Daschle was their opening act, explaining Delridge-based SWYFS’s community work to help thousands of people every year, in multiple ways:

Susan Lantz-Dey from the SWYFS Board hosted the recital and a wine/cheese reception preceding it.

P.S. The song in our clip is an original Opera Belles arrangement of “Voi Che Sapete” from Mozart‘s “Marriage of Figaro.”

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Ready to shop – or sell? West Seattle Co-op Preschools’ next one-day kid-stuff consignment sale set http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/ready-to-shop-or-sell-west-seattle-co-op-preschools-next-one-day-kid-stuff-consignment-sale-set/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/ready-to-shop-or-sell-west-seattle-co-op-preschools-next-one-day-kid-stuff-consignment-sale-set/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:34:36 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289323

(WSB photo, March 2014)
Last spring’s first-ever group consignment sale benefiting West Seattle Co-Op Preschools was wildly popular – and organizers are doing it again. News for shoppers and would-be consigners, from Erin:

West Seattle Co-Op Preschool system is very excited to be hosting a kids’ Consignment sale on November 8th from 9-1 pm at the West Seattle VFW Hall to help fund scholarships for families in need.

We are also in need of consigners, anyone can consign at this sale. The seller can set their own prices and will make 65% of the asking price and the host will take 35%. The consigner will be paid for the sold items when they pick up their unsold items at the sales conclusion on November 8th.

This sale will be a great thing for families to make some money with their gently used bay/kids gear and to buy low-cost, good-quality items for their kids; for the school system to be able to continue providing scholarships for families who might not be able to afford preschool otherwise; and to bring the community together! For more information: www.westseattlepreschool.org

Sale info is also on Facebook and Twitter.

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West Seattle weekend scene: Duwamish Alive!, Pigeon Point edition http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-weekend-scene-duwamish-alive-pigeon-point-edition/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-weekend-scene-duwamish-alive-pigeon-point-edition/#comments Sun, 19 Oct 2014 01:33:08 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289138

From West Seattle to Tukwila, hundreds of volunteers teamed up today for another productive Duwamish Alive! multi-site work party. In the West Duwamish Greenbelt at Pigeon Point Park, Nature Consortium and EarthCorps led the way – volunteers we saw there included NC founder Nancy Whitlock:

The 100-plus people at work at this site alone also included Green River Community College students. And we even met Harriet the helpful Corgi:

Eleven sites were on the list for Duwamish Alive! today. Watch duwamishalive.org for word of next spring’s edition. And watch WSB for other opportunities to help with cleanups and planting parties around the community just about EVERY weekend (for example – North Delridge could use your help one week from today!).

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Student athletes raising cancer awareness: Huling Bowl tomorrow night, volleyball match Monday http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/student-athletes-raising-cancer-awareness-huling-bowl-tomorrow-night-volleyball-match-monday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/student-athletes-raising-cancer-awareness-huling-bowl-tomorrow-night-volleyball-match-monday/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 23:41:29 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=288894 Two upcoming sports events feature friendly faceoffs between our area’s two biggest public schools – both spotlighting the fight against cancer:

HULING BOWL, FRIDAY NIGHT: The Huling Bowltrophy and all! – is the name of the annual football game between Chief Sealth International High School and West Seattle High School, and you’re invited to this year’s edition at 7 pm tomorrow (Friday), Southwest Athletic Complex (2601 SW Thistle, across from the Sealth campus).

Sealth’s bulletin announces it as a “pink-out,” urging everyone to wear pink to show support for the fight against breast cancer. That will be especially meaningful for Sealth running back Daron Camacho, who e-mailed us overnight asking if we would let folks know that “I dedicate the game to my Godmom Margarita Vidrio, who is fighting breast cancer.” You’ll see Daron on the field wearing #11.

VOLLEYBALL, MONDAY NIGHT: Thanks to Jim Bowe for sharing the announcement:

On Monday, October 20th at 7 pm, West Seattle HS Volleyball hosts Chief Sealth in what is always a great Metro League volleyball match. The WSHS volleyball girls are making this night Cancer Awareness Night. Admission to the event is free. There will be opportunities for people to donate to cancer research if they choose to do so; however, attendance and awareness is really the goal.

The WSHS gym is on the southwest side of the school, right off the parking lot, at 3000 California SW.

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Seattle Farm School to launch in Delridge; needs ‘home arts’ teachers http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/seattle-farm-school-to-launch-in-delridge-needs-home-arts-teachers/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/seattle-farm-school-to-launch-in-delridge-needs-home-arts-teachers/#comments Mon, 13 Oct 2014 20:43:43 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=288617

Another new venture just announced: Seattle Farm School, founded by West Seattleite Katie Stemp, who is looking for teachers to be part of it. She explains, “We are dedicated to preserving the home arts and growing our community in sustainable practices through affordable classes. We are going to be starting classes in mid November at the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (same location as the Tool Library) on Delridge, just south of the bridge. I’m gathering teachers from our community who are skilled in the following subjects and interested in teaching one or many classes with us. Here are the subjects that I am looking for people who have experience and are willing to teach:”


Canning and food preservation, cooking, baking bread, cheesemaking, desserts – pies, cookies, cakes, homebrew, fermenting

Gardening techniques, garden planning, seed saving, growing from seed, backyard chickens, seasonal gardens, bartenders garden, green roofs, permaculture – growing the most organic food for the least effort, alternative energy sources for your home – solar, wind

Sewing & Needle Work:
Basic & advanced sewing, quilting, embroidery, costume making, crochet, knitting

Arts & Crafts:
Painting, jewelry making, drawing, wood carving, leather work, candlemaking, recyclable art and whatever else we can come up with!

We live in such an amazing area, full of talented people and I’m excited to have a space where they can showcase their talents and pass them on to others!

Interested parties can contact us through:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/SeattleFarmSchool
Email: SeattleFarmSchool@gmail.com

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Fun(draiser) season: West Seattle High School PTSA, November 21 http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/fundraiser-season-west-seattle-high-school-ptsa-november-21/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/fundraiser-season-west-seattle-high-school-ptsa-november-21/#comments Sun, 12 Oct 2014 22:18:01 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=288535 Another school-fundraiser auction to announce! West Seattle High School PTSA sends word of its annual auction on Friday, November 21st, at Brockey Center on the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus:

West Seattle High School’s annual auction supports all students to “Reach for the Stars” by raising funds for academics, arts, and athletics. Buy tickets and donate at wshs.schoolauction.net/2014. Oct. 31st is the deadline for early-bird tickets at $40; regular price in November is $50 per person. Items for the live auction are needed and can be donated through the link above. Contact wshsptsaauction@gmail.com with questions.

Does YOUR school have a big fundraiser coming up? Make sure we know so we can get it into the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar *and* publish an announcement like this. editor@westseattleblog.com any time!

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Fall = fun(draiser) season. 3 weeks until Chief Sealth auction http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/fall-fundraiser-season-3-weeks-until-chief-sealth-auction/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/fall-fundraiser-season-3-weeks-until-chief-sealth-auction/#comments Fri, 10 Oct 2014 16:11:04 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=288358 Fall is fundraiser season, especially for local schools – if you haven’t sent info about yours yet, please do (editor@westseattleblog.com)! This morning, we have a reminder about Chief Sealth International High School‘s 6th annual Passport to Excellence Dinner and Auction. It’s a combined benefit presented by Sealth’s PTSA and Athletics, as well as by Denny-Sealth Performing Arts. The auction is just three weeks away – 5:30 pm Saturday, November 1st at Brockey Center on the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus. Early-bird tickets, at the lowest rate, are available through Monday – buy online here. Organizers are happily accepting donated auction items – “goods, services, and experiences- all unique and practical are welcome”; those too can be offered online by going here (through October 22nd). And businesses interested in being an event sponsor can e-mail sahamilton@Q.com to get details.

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You can help: Choose where you’ll be part of Duwamish Alive! http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/you-can-help-choose-where-youll-be-part-of-duwamish-alive/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/you-can-help-choose-where-youll-be-part-of-duwamish-alive/#comments Wed, 08 Oct 2014 23:18:58 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=288164

View Duwamish Alive! 2014 in a larger map

From West Seattle, south along the Duwamish River, and even to a few spots southeast of where our map ends, October 18th is the fall edition of Duwamish Alive! – 11 work parties to help the river, its watershed, and everyone/everything living in/along them. You only need to commit four hours that day – registration is at 9:30, then you’ll be helping out 10 am-2 pm. Here’s where to go to choose your site and sign up.

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You can help! Be at the table for White Center Food Bank’s 10th annual Harvest Dinner/Auction http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/you-can-help-be-at-the-table-for-white-center-food-banks-10th-annual-harvest-dinnerauction/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/you-can-help-be-at-the-table-for-white-center-food-banks-10th-annual-harvest-dinnerauction/#comments Tue, 07 Oct 2014 22:00:37 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=288061

(WSB photo, September 2014)
That’s the Baby Pantry at the White Center Food Bank – using space that was home to a King County Public Health clinic before it moved to Greenbridge, where it was about to be closed until the county found a private partner to help keep it open. Partnerships are a big part of the WCFB’s operations – the Baby Pantry, for example, is in partnership with WestSide Baby. And the food bank couldn’t serve thousands of West Seattle and White Center (and a bit beyond) residents without being in a partnership with you and so many other community donors. Now they’re inviting you to what’s both a celebration and fundraiser, a week and a half away:

The White Center Food Bank’s 10th Annual Harvest Dinner and Auction is taking place this year at 5:30 pm on Saturday, October 18 at the Brockey Center at South Seattle College. In addition to the festivities of a dinner, drinks, and live music, there are plenty of incredible items up for auction, including Seahawks tickets, many different theater tickets, a three stone diamond ring from Wyatt’s Jewelers, roundtrip tickets on Alaska Airlines, a week at a condo in Hawaii, and so much more.

This is the White Center Food Bank’s biggest fundraiser of the year, and allows us to continue doing great work for this community. In 2013, White Center Food Bank served more than 60,000 people in the White Center, West Seattle, and Burien community, and we count on this auction to continue serving even more people next year. We are grateful to every one of our donors for making it possible to do this important work, and we count on your continued support to continue serving our community.

Tickets are available online through Brown Paper Tickets for $75 each (here), and more information – including daily updates about items available at the auction – is available (here).

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call our Development Director Kristina Dahl at (206) 762-2848 or email kristina@whitecenterfoodbank.org.

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Tour The Junction with Seattle Planning Commissioners who are also your neighbors, to discuss ‘successes … and opportunities’ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/tour-the-junction-with-seattle-planning-commissioners-who-are-also-your-neighbors-to-discuss-successes-and-opportunities/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/tour-the-junction-with-seattle-planning-commissioners-who-are-also-your-neighbors-to-discuss-successes-and-opportunities/#comments Sun, 05 Oct 2014 17:30:01 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=287874

“We want to see this through your eyes – we’re interested in a dialogue.”

With that, two Seattle Planning Commissioners, both West Seattleites, are inviting you to be part of the dialogue about the future of The Junction and vicinity with a walk-and-talk event next Saturday (October 11th), 10 am.

They came to September’s Junction Neighborhood Organization meeting to initiate the dialogue, and we since have received official confirmation and the invitation itself (see above, or click here for the PDF version) – RSVP for updates on where they’re planning to meet (we’ll also have that here, later in the week).

Commissioners Jeanne Krikawa and Luis Borrero said they realize many might not even have heard about the Seattle Planning Commission, an independent, but city-convened/funded, group of appointees. That’s why they and commission policy analyst Jesseca Brand visited JuNO, to talk about not just what they do but also about looking at The Junction’s “walkshed” – what “essential components of livability” it has, and doesn’t have. Those were described as parks, plazas, libraries, community centers, wayfinding, green streets, bike infrastructure, as laid out in the Seattle Transit Communities report a few years back.

If any of those elements don’t exist in a “transit community,” they should be only “a stop or two away.” Here’s the slide deck Borrero and Krikawa showed JuNO:

This all figures into the Seattle 2035 process to update the city’s Comprehensive Plan, a major project for the Planning Commission right now, and one that has already resulted in a variety of events.

Even if this all sounds a little too wonky for you, remember that a process more than 15 years ago set the stage for much is what’s happening now. That’s what designated The Junction and vicinity as a Hub Urban Village – one meant to encourage workplaces to locate in the area, not just residences and services, the commissioners told JuNO.

In turn, JuNO director René Commons and attendees told Krikawa and Borrero that the Junction “walkshed” is definitely missing some of what are supposed to be hub characteristics – no nearby community centers, libraries, public schools.

The commissioners in turn asked those in attendance how they feel about The Junction’s growth. We’d summarize the various answers as “trepidational,” as well as eager for more transit – but join next Saturday’s walking tour, and tell them yourselves.

The bottom line of all this is consideration of how The Junction and vicinity should be viewed in the decades ahead, as a prism through which to see growth and the choices to be made. It’s a rare chance for more of a big picture look than the piecemeal decision-making so many have decried in the past few years. If you’re interested in having a say – or at least listening – be part of the tour next Saturday, and the conversation to follow.

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Update: Gatewood Elementary ‘save the teacher’ bake sale http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/happening-now-gatewood-elementary-save-the-teacher-bake-sale/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/happening-now-gatewood-elementary-save-the-teacher-bake-sale/#comments Sat, 04 Oct 2014 19:16:41 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=287813

12:16 PM: The sale is on at California and Myrtle, half a block east of Gatewood Elementary, whose families are trying to raise $90,000 in a matter of days to keep a teacher – if you missed our earlier stories, here are the Thursday (with 100 comments) and Friday reports. All ages are helping out, from facepainting …

… to beverage-pouring …

Laura posed with the apple-shaped tote board as things got going after 10 am:

While we were there, somebody gave them a drive-up donation:

They say they’ll be out as long as possible.

2 PM UPDATE: Organizers say they have raised $35,500 so far, including “an anonymous $10,000 donation.”

3:15 PM UPDATE: Just in from Gatewood parent Kevin Kincade:

Both the Feedback Lounge and The Bridge will have donation boxes to support the Friends of Gatewood tonight. Go and have a drink and kick in a few extra bucks to help save a teacher. It’s a win-win! This is to support their cause of raising $90,000 in order to save a teacher at the school. Any and all donations will be appreciated. Thanks!

Kevin adds, “And one more update — they are in their last hour at the bake sale now (3:15) so come by and get some goodies before we shut down.”

Just as we were adding this update, we received a photo from Sam with donation collectors at West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor):

We’ve had a few other community-contributed photos come in, and we’ll be adding to the story.

4:59 PM: We’re told that Beveridge Place Pub has joined the list above of nearby establishments that will have donation boxes tonight.

ADDED LATE SATURDAY: An update and thanks from Nicole Sipila:

We had an amazing day. Many times I was brought to tears and for those folks who know me, that is not an easy feat.

In the bank, as of 4:00 closing time, we have collected $35,300.00 We also have approx. $8,500.ish coming back to the school from a grant that the PTA made last year, so that would put us at $43,000ish to our ultimate goal of $90,000!

Yes, we had one anonymous donor with a check for $10,000. Another for $5000 and yet another for $1000!!!! I was moved to tears at all of these checks! But I was even more emotional about some of the small moments that happened today.

First, we had an amazing parent, teacher turnout. Bringing baked goods and just handing us cash, saying, “Keep it. If you don’t make your goal, do something great with the money for the kids.”

Also, one set of parents who happen to be foster parents, who had heard that many of the GW teachers would be contributing $500 and they wanted to match that amount. Then I learn that these are foster parents of a child at GW that might be going back to birth parents at the end of the month and they didn’t want a refund if we don’t meet our goal! “Keep it, do something good with it!” Yes, I was a teary mess.

We had some ADORABLE little Gators who were standing on the corners collecting drive by donations. They had walked down toward Thriftway and passed by the Real Change vendor that hangs out by McDonald’s. This man, who doesn’t have much himself, gave these children a dollar. I am tearing up just writing this.

Plus all the other small moments, the Schmitz Park 1st grade teacher (young and new to the district) who stopped by with friends who just wanted “to support us and our teachers.” And all the other schools who posted our event on their web sites (STEM and Fairmount Park) and the parents of other schools who stopped by to drop off small donations just to say, “We support you.”

I am truly blessed to be apart of this community and am amazed at the generously of friends and strangers.

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