The Daily Mash-Up

Monday, August 31, 2015 This Week's Paper
Stop the Summer Slide: Sign up Kids Now to Grow and Learn!

Attention all parents and families: sign up today and find live links at www.SummerLearningTacoma-Pierce.org for exciting summer programs, camps and learning opportunities for kids of all ages. This free, community-wide website offers over 220 programs from more than 80 organizations in the Tacoma-Pierce County area, where users can search by neighborhood, time of day, type of activity, age ranges, and whether the program is free or offers scholarships.

During the summer, kids can participate in hands-on activities, discover new passions, and improve on skills they may have struggled with during the school year. Learning in the summer helps students keep their minds and bodies active, and halts the “summer slide” of losing progress made during the school year in subjects like math and reading. By taking advantage of summer opportunities found on the website, students will be better prepared for their next grade level or college.

Last year, when the website launched for the first time, there were more than 26,000 searches made through this community resource. The team behind the website, the Tacoma Summer Learning Collaborative, helped grow by 59% the number of summer program slots filled by students at partner organizations in Tacoma, from 5,616 in 2013 to 8,919 in 2014.

This year, the Summer Learning team is focused on increasing summer learning participation in the Eastside and South Tacoma, and with the support of United Way, has grown the website to include partners in Bethel, Clover Park, and Franklin-Pierce school districts.

“Schools and teachers are already doing tremendous work for our students,” said Eric Wilson, President of the Foundation for Tacoma Students, which supports the cradle-to- career Graduate! Tacoma movement. “But it’s also the shared responsibility of the entire community to make sure every child thrives outside of the classroom too and summer learning is a big part of this picture of success.”

Research spanning 100 years has proven that students lose ground academically when they do not participate in summer programs that promote further learning. For low-income students who often have less access to summer learning resources, the problem is particularly acute: on average, they lose more than two months of reading achievement in the summer, which slows their progress toward third grade reading proficiency and widens the achievement gap with their middle-class peers. To combat this, the Tacoma Summer Learning team is working to increase access and build community awareness of quality summer learning programs that are free or low-cost through the website.

With the impact of summer learning loss alone, low-income students can fall 2.5 to 3 years behind their middle- and upper-income peers by the fifth grade. By fifth grade, student summer learning gains increase by 46.6 percent for students from high-income families and increased by 4.1 percent for students from middle-income families, but decreased by 1.9 percent for students from low-income families.

To secure a spot and get important discounts and scholarships, families should start planning for summer by visiting the website in May and June, before the end of the school year.

To show its love for the precious lakes, rivers, beaches and mountains of the Pacific Northwest, West Coast regional grocer Haggen is donating more than $40,000 to support the four national parks located in Washington and Oregon. The dollar amount represents 2 percent of sales on Earth Day from the company’s Washington and Oregon stores.
Haggen’s Facebook followers were invited to vote for their favorite national park between Earth Day on April 22 and April 28. The 1,192 votes determined what percentage of the funds would be donated to each park. The votes have been tallied:
·     Olympic National Park received 31 percent of the votes and $12,433
·     Rainier National Park received 27 percent of the votes and $10,829
·     North Cascades National Park received 26 percent of the votes and $10,428
·     Crater Lake National Park received 16 percent of the votes and $6,417
Haggen will donate $6,417 to the Friends of Crater Lake National Park and $33,690 to Washington’s National Park Fund, which will divide up the funds between the three parks as decided on by the votes.
“This support from Haggen is remarkable! The votes from Haggen fans clearly demonstrate how beloved Olympic, Mount Rainier, North Cascades National Parks are. Both Haggen and Pacific Northwest residents understand the needs the parks have today and they want to give back,” said Laurie Ward, executive director of Washington’s National Park Fund. “100 percent of the funds donated to Washington's National Park Fund stay right in Washington for the benefit of Mount Rainier, North Cascades and Olympic National Parks. Thanks to all who voted and especially to Haggen for the generous donation.”

Earth Day Tree Giveaway
In addition to the donation, Haggen celebrated Earth Day by giving away 24,000 free saplings at its Washington and Oregon stores. The varieties included Red Osier Dogwood, Mock Orange, Vine Maple, Golden Currant, Baldhip Rose, Western Hemlock, Grand Fir, Shore Pine and Ponderosa Pine, and were provided by Washington Association of Conservation Districts (WACD) Plant Materials Center in Bow, Washington. WACD is a 60-acre non-profit wholesale nursery providing high quality plants, shrubs and services that benefit natural resources and improve conservation efforts.

Haggen Community Giving
Haggen’s support of the community has been extensive this spring, and has put the company on track for a record-breaking year of giving. The company is in the midst of converting 146 Albertsons and Safeway stores into Haggen stores. With each store conversion, Haggen is donating $1,000 to a single organization on the first day each store opens. With 30 of the 46 stores in Washington and Oregon converted to date, the company has donated to the following Northwest organizations:
1.    Monroe, WA - Sky Valley Food Bank
2.    Port Angeles, WA - Healthy Families of Clallam County
3.    Wenatchee, WA - Serve Wenatchee
4.    Shoreline, WA - Boys and Girls Club of King County
5.    Walla Walla, WA - Blue Mountain Action Council
6.    Everett, WA - Cocoon House
7.    Snohomish, WA - Maltby Food Bank
8.    Oak Harbor, WA - Boys and Girls Club Oak Harbor
9.    Silverdale, WA - Central Kitsap Food Bank
10.    Port Orchard, WA - South Kitsap Helpline Food Bank
11.    Renton, WA - Renton Salvation Army Food Bank
12.    Burien, WA - White Center Food Bank
13.    Redmond, WA - HopeLink
14.    Gig Harbor, WA - PCF/Food backpacks for kids
15.    Puyallup, WA - Communities in Schools of Puyallup
16.    Olympia, WA - Thurston County Food Bank
17.    Tacoma, WA - Families Unlimited Network
18.    Lakewood, WA - U.S. Army Medical Fisher House JBLM
19.    Spanaway, WA - FISH Food Banks
20.    Lake Oswego, OR - Lake Oswego School District Foundation
21.    West Linn, OR - West Linn Food Pantry
22.    Tigard, OR (SW Pacific Highway) – Oregon Food Bank
23.    Tigard, OR (SW Barrows Road) – Doernbecher Children’s Hospital
24.    Sherwood, OR – Helping Hands Food Bank
25.    Beaverton, OR - Beaverton School District's Clothes Closet
26.    Milwaukie, OR - North Clackamas Education Foundation
27.    Clackamas, OR - Clackamas County Special Olympics
28.    Eugene, OR (Hilyard Street) - Northwest Youth Corps
29.    Eugene, OR (18th avenue) – Habitat for Humanity
30.    Springfield, OR – Safe Routes to Schools
 
In the months following the conversions, Haggen will partner with four local non-profits and donate 2 percent of sales to four additional organizations on four consecutive Saturdays at each of the converted stores. Haggen CEO of the Pacific Northwest John Clougher said, “We have a long history of giving back to the communities we serve. We want to demonstrate that commitment both in our new stores as well as our existing stores.”
Non-profits interested in learning more about Haggen’s community giving should visit haggen.com/grow-community/our-local-community and submit information about their organization.

On Saturday, May 2 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Uber drivers will pick up clothing donations and deliver them to Goodwill free of charge. This is an innovative partnership between Goodwill of the Olympics and Rainier Region and the popular on demand transportation platform Uber. On May 2 Tacoma donors can open the app and request a pickup for their donations to be delivered by an Uber directly to their local Goodwill, free of charge.
Building on the success of previous promotions in the New York, Boston and San Francisco areas, this is the first time Goodwill of the Olympics and Rainier Region and Uber have partnered on a full-scale nationwide campaign to combine the power of donating with the convenience of ordering a ride via a mobile device. The partnership is available in more than 50 cities across the United States as well as in Sao Paulo, Brazil where both Goodwill and Uber operate.
Here’s how it works:
1.    Collect jackets, shirts, pants, blouses and other clothing items to donate to Goodwill.
2.    On May 2 donors will open the Uber app and be able to select the GIVE option on the bottom of the screen.
3.    An Uber SUV will arrive to pick up clothing bags, and the driver will drop-off the donations to designated Tacoma Goodwill locations.
The Details:
•    All clothing must be bagged for drivers to accept donations.
•    Drivers will arrive at requested pickup locations. Donors are responsible for bringing bags outside as drivers cannot leave their vehicles unattended.
•    For those who have already completed their spring cleaning and donations, or live in areas where Uber isn’t available, monetary donations can be made to Goodwill at http://give.goodwill.org.
Donations will be delivered by Uber drivers to Goodwill’s four Tacoma retail locations
·     8025 S. Hosmer St.
·     3121 S. 38th St.
·     1415 E. 72nd St.
·     North Tacoma, 5401 6th Ave.

Historic Preservation Awards Seeking Nominations

The Tacoma Landmarks PreservationCommission is seeking nominations for the 2015 Historic Preservation Awards.Nominations are now open and are being gathered here until May 26.

The categories include:
Residential Renovation
Commercial Renovation
Preservation Planning
Policy or Initiative
Landmark Nomination to be Recognized
Urban Revitalization
Leadership in Preservation
Organization in Preservation

The awards ceremony and reception is on Sunday, May 31, from 2 – 4 p.m. at the Foss Waterway Seaport (705 Dock St. in Tacoma). The event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be available. Foss Waterway Seaport Curator Joseph Govednik and professional living history performer Karen Haas will perform at the event.

For more information, visit cityoftacoma.org/HPM or contact Historic Preservation Coordinator Lauren Hoogkamer at (253) 591-5254.

Dine out today to help fight HIV/AIDS

Today (Thursday, April 30) is Pierce County AIDS Foundation’s annual Dining Out for Life event in which thousands of diners throughout the South Sound region will raise funds for HIV/AIDS prevention and care services. With over 50 local restaurants to choose from, the opportunities to support and empower those in our community affected by HIV/AIDS are endless. From southern cooking and barbeque to Indian or Thai cuisine, there is a restaurant for every food-lover.
Dining out for Life is a nationally recognized event in which participating restaurants agree to donate a portion of their sales to support Pierce County AIDS Foundation’s HIV/AIDS care and prevention services in our community.
“Dining Out For Life is a way for our community to come together and we love being a part of that!” said Russ Heaton, co-owner of Doyle’s Public House.
Dining Out for Life is one of PCAF’s two key fundraisers each year. All proceeds from the 21st annual Dining Out For Life in the South Sound will directly fund PCAF’s HIV/AIDS care and prevention services in Pierce, Thurston and Lewis counties.
Dine out with your friends, fight AIDS and support PCAF! For more information and a complete list of participating restaurants, visit www.diningoutforlife.com/southsound.

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