With school back in session the need to raise extra money will start to boggle the minds of many parents. Wrapping paper, candy bars, cookies and magazine subscriptions are just a few of the many items kids take home to sell to neighbors and friends to support their schools.

A few year ago, owner of Ballard's Market Street Traders Tammy James teamed up with Annie Adams of Globaledventures, a non-profit organization formed to provide education to work toward alleviating world poverty, to create the Fair Trade Fundraiser program.

“People buy stuff in this store (Market Street Traders), so why not give to the schools through fair trade fundraising?” Adams said. “Why not empower and educate kids through fundraising?"

James and Adams realized that many schools go through large corporations when choosing fundraising items. But, Adams said that most of the money earned just feeds back into the corporations that are already making loads of money.

“So, why not do something that actually has meaning behind it?” Adams said. “Kids are able to see that they’re making a difference in somebody’s life and money isn’t just going back to big businesses.”

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Allison Espiritu

Market Street Traders has a display showing what types of items are offered in its Fair Trade Fundraising Catalog and Web site to support schools and developing countries.

Students attending Seattle Public Schools will be heading back to school on Sept. 9 and West Seattle's School Board representative Steve Sundquist will be at Uptown Espresso at 9 a.m. tomorrow to talk to the community about any concerns or ideas.

Uptown Espresso is located at 3845 Delridge Way S.W.

Sundquist said anyone not able to make it can contact him with their concerns at (206) 252-0040 or


The Seattle Parks and Recreation Department will offer a variety of programming for children and adults at the Alki Community Center and Alki Bathhouse this fall.

The area’s best puppet entertainers are coming to Alki Bathhouse on Saturdays. Mark your calendar so you won’t miss these outstanding performances.

All performances begin at 1 p.m. Advance tickets are on sale at Alki Community Center, 5817 S.W. Stevens St., or by calling (206) 684 -7430. This program is appropriate for children ages 1 and older.

Location: Alki Bathhouse, 2701 Alki Ave. S.W.
Cost: $5 per person 



Join Alleyoop for this one-time-only family experience for free. Enjoy music, games, stories, and puppets with one of Seattle’s best children’s entertainers. This show is appropriate for children ages 3 to 8.

Location: Alki Community Center, 5817 S.W Stevens St.
Date: Thursday, Sept. 24
Time: 1 p.m.

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Photo courtesy City of Seattle

The Seattle Parks and Recreation Department is offering programs this fall at the Alki Bathhouse (above at 2701 Alki Ave. S.W.) and the Alki Community Center.

The free fifth annual Duwamish River Festival took place Saturday, Aug. 8 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Duwamish Waterway Park, 7900 10th Ave. S., in South Park, to celebrate the cleanup and restoration of the Duwamish River.

The family-friendly environmental festival provided updates on the Duwamish River Superfund cleanup, kayak tours on the river, live entertainment, water taxi rides, food, children’s activities, health information, natural yard care tips, give-aways and more.

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Steve Shay

Marta Gonzalez shows off some fancy foot work on an open stage during the fifth annual Duwamish River Festival Saturday, Aug. 8. She is with the Fandango Project at the Youngstown Arts Center.

‘The Beautiful Game’

Learn all about soccer-the rules, offsides, penalties, the history, FIFA, World Cups, the folklore, class struggle, great games and players. For information e-mail

Farmers market

Sundays, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Check out the new Ballard Farmers Market blog at to see what’s new. To see our fresh sheet, go to

Computer classes

Starts every second Thursday of the month, runs each Thursday for three weeks. 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. $36 members/$40 nonmembers. All levels welcome.

A trio of plaintiffs has challenged Seattle Public Schools' recent adoption of the Discovering series of high school math texts.

The three Seattle citizens—a parent of a Seattle schools student, a grandparent, and a University of Washington professor of atmospheric sciences, contend that the textbooks will fail to adequately reduce the achievement gap between Caucasians and non-Caucasians, and between wealthy and poorer students. This failure will result from lack of "explicit instruction," according to the plaintiffs.

An appeal of the Seattle School Board's controversial decision on May 6 to adopt the Discovering series of high school math texts was filed in King County Superior Court on June 5. Plaintiffs are DaZanne Porter, a mother of an 8th grade student in Seattle Public Schools, Martha McLaren, retired Seattle math teacher and grandparent of a Seattle Public Schools fourth grader, and Cliff Mass, professor of atmospheric science at the University of Washington.


Seattle Public Schools celebrates the academic achievements of its high school graduates with commencements occurring throughout the city, Tuesday, June 9 through Thursday, June 18.

Here are the dates and times for West Seattle High Schools:

West Seattle High, Thursday, June 11 at 5 p.m. at Memorial Stadium

Chief Sealth, Saturday, June 13 at 1 p.m. at Memorial Stadium

Cleveland, Tuesday, June 9 at 5 p.m. at Cleveland High School

Superintendent Maria L. Goodloe-Johnson, Ph.D., will be speaking at four high school commencements this year: Ingraham High School, Rainier Beach High School, Roosevelt High School and South Lake High School.


Since the Student Assignment Plan Part I was introduced by Superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson, new details have been made regarding the choices parents will have regarding where they send their children.

Tracy Libros, Seattle Public Schools enrollment and planning manager, met with media on June 2 to discuss details of the plan. She explained that district staff have designed the new Student Assignment Plan to be much easier to understand and accessible to families.

“We’re going for clarity or simplicity,” said Libros.

The biggest change parents will see compared to the current plan is that their students will start with a predictable assignment to a local school based on their address. Each elementary school will have a specific reference area and groups of those schools will filter into middle schools and, later, high schools.

To ensure that all students have equal access to special services, middle school attendance areas will also become service areas. The district aims to offer all basic services in each of these areas and Libros ensures that all students with special needs will have access, including transportation, to the services they need.

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Rose Egge

Tracy Libros, Seattle Public Schools enrollment and planning manager, describes details of the district's proposal for a new Student Assignment Plan.

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