Author: gdavis

RBAC in 2016 “A Snapshot”

RBAC in 2016 “A Snapshot” Signature Events: A staple of RBAC’s work is done through signature events.  They are used to engage residents and other stakeholders, to share and receive information and to build stewardship and guardianship in the Rainier Beach neighborhood. We will continue these important community building efforts in 2017. Here is a list of those that occurred in 2016 Annual Rainier Beach Town Hall, Date: May 22, 2016, Attendance: 100+ Rainier Beach Back2School Bash, Date: August 20, 2016, Attendance: 900+ Rainier Beach Roaming Town Hall – A Place for Everyone/Transit Justice – Bus Shelters, Date: September...

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Ethics Bowl Win for Rainier Beach High School Feb 2016

Rainier Beach Wins Ethics Bowl Award Congratulations to the eight Rainier Beach High School students who participated in the third annual Washington State High School Ethics Bowl! On Saturday, 30 January, eight Rainier Beach High School students participated in the Washington State High School Ethics Bowl at the University of Washington. The two teams did spectacularly in the qualifying rounds: one team came out 3-0 and the other 2-1. Though they ended up getting edged out of the semifinals in a three-way tie with Lakeside for the last seed, one of their teams won the Award for Civil Dialogue. This means that...

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Student Voices on Transportation and Education Oct 22 Paul Robeson PAC, 6 pm

Rainier Beach High School students and community members will host a town hall meeting next week to ask for more public transportation in their neighborhood.At the event, scheduled from 6-8 p.m. on Oct. 22, the students plan to share stories about the difficulties they face getting to school every day and how that affects their education. While Seattle middle- and high-school students who live more than two miles from their schools are eligible for a free bus pass, the students organizing the town hall say that policy has a disparate impact on students from low-income families who live within two miles, but don’t have the money to cover bus fare. “Someone might say ‘oh, two miles, that’s not too far to walk,’ but it’s also in a neighborhood with the highest rates of crime, where walking to school isn’t always safe,” Rainier Beach social worker Chelsea Gallegos said. “In a month or so, they’ll be walking to and from school in the dark.” The district started a pilot program last year for students who live less than two miles from school but weren’t coming to school regularly or on time. Some students didn’t feel safe walking because of crime or traffic. Fifty students are receiving free ORCA cards from the program, which has helped with their attendance and, in turn, their grades, Gallegos said. “This is just a simple...

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