A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods

 

Volunteer tutors needed at Daniel Bagley Elementary for new school year

August 25th, 2017 by Doree

Nonprofit organization Invest in Youth needs volunteer tutors at Daniel Bagley Elementary (near Green Lake but with boundaries extending into Greenwood and Phinney Ridge) for the coming school year. Invest in Youth provides free weekly tutoring services at five Seattle elementary schools from the second week of October through May.

Each tutor is matched with the same student for the whole school year, and the pair works together on things like playing math games, reading stories or working on homework, for one hour each week. Educational materials and activities, training and support, and heartfelt appreciation are provided at every session.

If you can’t commit to the full school year, Invest in Youth is happy to have you become a substitute tutor.

For more information or to apply to be a tutor, email Erika Chen at echen@investinyouth.org or see the website.

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Greenwood Library looking for high school students to work 1-on-1 with 3rd graders for new ‘Learning Buddies’ program

August 25th, 2017 by Doree

The Greenwood Library is starting a new program called “Learning Buddies,” which will pair teens with 3rd graders who need help with literacy, math, logic skill building and other academic support.

Youth Services Librarian Jennifer Bisson is looking for a diverse group of 25 high school students. The program will be at North Seattle Boys and Girls Club, 8635 Fremont Ave. N.

The mandatory orientation session is from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30. The fall session runs from 3:15-5:15 p.m. on Wednesdays from Oct. 18 to Dec. 6 (except Nov. 22). Spring session runs from 3:15-5:15 p.m. on Wednesdays from March 28 to May 16 (except April 11).

For more information and to get an application please go here. Interested teens should email completed applications to jennifer.bisson@spl.org or bring them to the Greenwood Library by Friday, Sept. 15. Interviews will be held Sept. 9-24. Preference will be given to teens who have been part of the Boys and Girls Club or a similar type of after-school program, but all teens are welcome to apply.

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Greenwood Library needs volunteer tutors and homework helpers for next school year

May 31st, 2017 by Doree

The Greenwood Library will offer homework help and skills-building tutoring from 4:30-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday beginning in the fall. This free program is open to anyone in Kindergarten through 12th grade. Besides homework help, students can get one-on-one reading support and play math skills games.

It is administered by the library but staffed by adult volunteers. Volunteers are asked to commit to a certain shift every week, from Sept. 11, 2017, through June 14, 2018. For more information or to apply, see the library’s Homework Helpers page.

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6 volunteer tutors needed at Daniel Bagley Elementary

December 28th, 2016 by Doree

Nonprofit organization Invest in Youth needs six more volunteer tutors for the rest of the school year at Daniel Bagley Elementary (near Green Lake but with boundaries extending into Greenwood and Phinney Ridge).

Six students are currently on the wait list for a tutor.

Each tutor is matched with the same student for the whole school year, and the pair works together on things like playing math games, reading stories or working on homework, for one hour each week. Educational materials and activities, training and support, and heartfelt appreciation are provided at every session.

For more information or to apply to be a tutor, email Erika Chen at echen@investinyouth.org or see the website.

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Tutors needed at Daniel Bagley Elementary

September 29th, 2016 by Doree

Nonprofit organization Invest in Youth needs more tutors at Daniel Bagley Elementary (near Green Lake but with boundaries extending into Greenwood and Phinney Ridge). Invest in Youth provides free weekly tutoring services at five Seattle elementary schools from October through May.

Each tutor is matched with the same student for the whole school year, and the pair works together on things like playing math games, reading stories or working on homework, for one hour each week. Educational materials and activities, training and support, and heartfelt appreciation are provided at every session.

They currently have 12 tutors, but need an additional eight. For more information or to apply to be a tutor, email Erika Chen at echen@investinyouth.org or see the website.

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‘Dance Your Cash Off’ to support the students at Bureau of Fearless Ideas

September 21st, 2016 by Doree

The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas, our neighborhood’s free tutoring and writing center for kids, is hosting its annual “Dance Your Cash Off” fundraiser from 7-10 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14, at Hale’s Palladium in Fremont. This year’s theme is “Electric Karaoke Boogaloo.”

Dancers must raise at least $50 in donations to be eligible for dancing and prizes.

*Oh yes, there are PRIZES. Registered dancers earn “style points” for costumes, for moves, for great hair, or for great attitude, with top points-havers winning FABULOUS PRIZES. We are amassing a vast array of amazing giveaways including restaurant gift certificates, hotel stays, free services, and free stuff from all over Seattle, to be bestowed upon dancers throughout the evening. Plus, GRAND PRIZES include special packages for the highest fundraising team and individual, the team and individual dancer with the most style points, and best karaoke performance!

Our celebrity judges include acclaimed filmmaker Lynn Shelton, powerhouse performer Sarah Rudinoff, actor and impresario Rebecca Mmm Davis, comic El Sanchez, and artist and SubPop receptionist Derek Erdman!

Register yourself or your team online.

And just in case you missed it, BFI and its fundraising storefront, Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co., recently moved back into headquarters at 8414 Greenwood Ave. N. after their building was seriously damaged in the March 9 natural gas explosion. The store was closed during those six months and tutoring moved to the Phinney Neighborhood Association. Both reopened for business two weeks ago.

Both the store and tutoring center are looking for more volunteers. Check out the info here.

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Bureau of Fearless Ideas ‘People Eating and Giving’ fundraiser April 1

February 22nd, 2016 by Doree

The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas, Greenwood’s nonprofit writing and tutoring center formerly known as 826 Seattle, is hosting its annual People Eating and Giving fundraiser from 5:30-10 p.m. on Friday, April 1, at Fremont Studios, 155 N. 35th St.

Special guest is Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Kimya Dawson, who will sing and answer audience questions. Tickets range from $150 to $300 for VIP.

All proceeds support Bureau of Fearless Ideas’ free programs for children from first grade through high school.

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What do YOU call a resident of Greenwood?

January 13th, 2016 by Doree

Our friends at the neighborhood nonprofit writing and tutoring center The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas (formerly 826 Seattle) are putting together their latest anthology from student and professional writers. “Encyclopedia Greenwoodia” will be published in March, with public readings throughout the spring.

But before they publish it, they asked me a very pressing question: What do you call the residents of Greenwood? Is it Greenwoodians? Greenwooders? Greenwoodites? Or something else?

Oddly, here at PhinneyWood that question has never come up. Residents have many different names for the neighborhood and its different parts — Grinney, Lower Phinney, Phinney Valley, Ballard Alps, Greenhood, Phinney Lake, Green View, and Green Ridge, to name a few — but we’ve never been asked to determine a specific name for the residents therein.

So, dear readers, we’d like you to weigh in. Tell us your preferred name for Greenwood residents, and more importantly, why that term is better than any other. (If you’d rather not comment publicly, you can email us at tips@phinneywood.com and we’ll keep your name private.)

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Volunteer tutors needed for Daniel Bagley Elementary

August 25th, 2015 by Doree

Non-profit Invest in Youth needs volunteer tutors to work with students at Daniel Bagley Elementary by Green Lake, which pulls students from Phinney Ridge and Greenwood.

Volunteer tutors are needed once a week, starting the first week of October through May.

Each tutor is matched with the same student for the whole school year and the pair works together on things like playing math games, reading stories or working on homework, for an hour once a week. Educational materials and activities, training and support, and heartfelt appreciation are provided at every session.

For more information or to apply to be a tutor, please visit our website: www.investinyouth.org or contact Alison at aallen@investinyouth.org. Can’t commit to the full school year? Become a substitute tutor or share this with your friends who might be interested.

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