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A community grand opening ceremony will be held at the TAF Bethaday Community Learning Space on Oct. 24 in White Center.

Community Grand Opening Celebration for TAF's Bethaday Learning Space in White Center is Oct. 24

Press release from TAF
New Facility Set to Transform White Center and Impact on STEM Education;
Major Thanks to Safeco Insurance for $1 Million in Grants

WHAT: A decade‐long dream will become a reality on October 24, when a new community learning center opens in Seattle’s White Center neighborhood, giving TAF (founded as Technology Access Foundation) the space it needs to reach 20,000 students annually with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. Until now, TAF’s outreach and capacity to assist students has been limited by space constraints, but the new 24,000‐square‐foot Bethaday Community Learning Space – built through a host of public, private and corporate contributions and grants, including $1 million worth from Safeco Insurance – will change all that. Visuals at the Grand Opening event will include:

● Remarks by Dow Constantine, King County Executive
● Remarks by Trish Millines Dziko, Co‐Founder and Executive Director, TAF
● Ribbon cutting
● Tours of the new Bethaday Community Learning Space

WHEN: Wednesday, October 24, 2012
5‐8 p.m.
Program begins at 6:15 p.m.

WHERE: Bethaday Community Learning Space
605 SW 108th St
Seattle, WA 98146

WHY: For 16 years, TAF has prepared the community – particularly students of color and those from low‐income families – for success in college and life by providing STEM‐focused afterschool and school‐day programs. The new facility, which is expected to earn LEED certification, will feature four wireless learning labs, group and private academic support rooms, a robotics lab, project space, a community multipurpose room with catering kitchen and more.

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