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The Highline Schools Foundation announced more grants this year to Highline Public School teachers, including $10,000 to one school or program through their Impact Grant, funded in part by Alaska Airlines.

They continue to support classroom innovation in the district, and provide teachers resources they need to help our students be successful through the annual Excel Grant program; and they recently partnered with Highline’s Department of Technology Services (DoTS) to offer Technology Grants specifically designed for all K-12 Highline Public School teachers.

The Impact Grant for $10,000 was created as a way to make a meaningful difference in a specific program in Highline Public Schools. The 2014 Impact Grant winner was “Making an Impact: Building Bright Futures for Young Women in Computer Science” submitted by Highline’s Career Access Department. This grant provided funds to help increase the number of high school females in computer science classes, to spark their interest in technology related careers, and to help them graduate prepared for a future in the computer science field.

“Students need and deserve to know about high wage/high demand careers they can begin preparing for but likely won’t without early awareness and encouragement. The average salary for a computer programmer is $95,000 and employers in our region can’t hire fast enough,” said Julie Burr, Highline’s Career Access Manager.

With funding from the Highline Schools Foundation, 126 young women, underrepresented in the field, came from all middle and high schools in the district to participate in a fun “Hackathon” where they heard from inspirational professionals and learned how to code.

Excel Grants became a staple program of the Foundation in February 2002. In 2014, the Foundation awarded $76,206 to 89 classroom grants throughout all schools in Highline Public Schools. Teachers are encouraged to submit grants each year, for a maximum amount of $1,000 each.

New in 2015 and in support of the District’s Strategic Plan where every student in the class of 2026 will graduate tech-savvy and tech-literate, and in support of all academic goals, the Department of Technology Services the Department of Technology Services (DoTS) is offering Technology Grants. Technology grants are open to all K-12 HPS teachers for projects which advance student achievement through the use of technology. The goals of this new grant are: to encourage excellence and innovation in teaching; to fund the use of technology in innovative or additional programs that might not otherwise be possible within the current district budget priorities; and to expand upon current curriculum with innovative teaching strategies.

Grant application deadlines:

  • Technology Grants 10/08/15
  • Impact Grant 10/18/15
  • Excel Grants 11/05/15

All grant applications are available on the Highline Schools Foundation website: www.highlineschoolsfoundation.org.

Reader Michelle Carroll wants everyone to be on the lookout for her lost Chihuahua ‘Lois,’ last seen near 15th Ave SW and Roxbury:


“I just moved to the neighborhood and our dog got out last night,” she said. “She is microchipped with our old address in Ballard. Her name is Lois and she is very shy and nervous.”

Michelle adds that Lois will not likely come to you, so if you see her, please call 206-883-7877.

The next North Highline Unincorporated Council meeting will be this Thursday night, Sept. 3, starting at 7 p.m. at the North Highline Fire Station, located at 1243 SW 112th Street.

On the agenda is news that King County Sheriff’s Office has announced a new storefront Deputy – Bill Kennamer – who will replace Julian Chivington. Kennamer is very familiar with the White Center community, having served as a Metro Transit Deputy for a number of years. Both Deputy Chivington and Kennamer will be at the meeting to provide crime stats as well as information and answer questions regarding general community safety concerns.

Here’s what else to expect (see the full agenda at: northhighlineuac.org):

Cass Turnbull, founder of Plant Amnesty, will be providing information on her efforts to preserve 32 acres of city of Seattle surplus land on Myers Way South (located between White Center and Highland Park – adjacent and south of the Joint Fire Training Facility, and Arrowhead Gardens senior housing). Seattle’s intention is to sell the land for commercial development. The area is steep, with wooded slopes, wetlands and a meadow that could very well be preserved as “Discovery Park South”.

We will also be addressing the issues that seem to continually arise at the White Center Bog/Pond. John Taylor and Ken Gresset from the King County Water and Land Resources Division would like to hear from the community on how this area can be best utilized for community enjoyment.

WHEN: Thursday, Sept 3 at 7 p.m.

WHERE: North Highline Fire Station: 1243 SW 112th Street.

QUESTIONS? Contact bdobkin@northhighlineuac.org

“Spread the Word – School Starts September 3rd!” (and Kindergartners start on September 9).

The first day of school for Highline Public Schools will be Thursday, Sept. 3, for all students except Kindergartners who start on Sept. 9.

Highline Public Schools is among several area school districts starting school before Labor Day this year.

“Every day is important for student learning,” Superintendent Susan Enfield said.

Dr. Enfield is urging local residents to share the message, spread the word – school starts Sept. 3.

Families are encouraged to download Highline’s mobile app and visit the district’s special webpage at www.highlineschools.org/welcomeback for the latest back-to-school information.

Also…courtesy the district, here are the Top 8 Things to Do Before School Starts:

  1. Find a Bus Route – Find your child’s bus route before the first day of school by using our online tool. Search for nearby bus stops by entering your home address.
  2. Update Your Emergency Contact Info – Make sure we have your current phone number and email address so we can reach you quickly during an emergency and keep you up-to-date about what is happening at school. Update your contact information with your school office.
  3. Review Our Emergency DOs & DON’Ts – It’s important to be prepared for an emergency. Student safety is our number one priority. Our schools have safety plans in place to handle natural disasters, security issues, and other emergency situations, in coordination with local law enforcement and first responders. Help us keep your child safe by following these Emergency DOs & DON’Ts.
  4. Download Our Mobile App – The easiest way to stay on top of the latest news, calendar events, and emergency information about your child’s school is to download our free Highline mobile app. You can even access your child’s grades and attendance on your smartphone. Learn more.
  5. Register for Free & Reduced-Priced Meals – Apply online today for free and reduced-priced meals for the school year. All families must reapply each year. The online application only takes a few minutes and is the fastest, easiest way to get approved.
  6. Follow Us on Social Media – Get social with us by liking us on Facebook, and following us on Twitter and Instagram. We share the best photos and news from our schools on social media. Use the hashtag #WeAreHighline to share your own school photos.
  7. Review the Rights & Responsibilities Handbook – An online version of our student Rights and Responsibilities can be found here. Be on the lookout for a printed copy sent home with students at the beginning of the year. Please note the change in the photo-opt out process.
  8. Pick Up a School Supply List – School supply lists can be found online on each school’s website. You can find a directory of school websites here.

View a printable checklist here.


The King County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that a citizen’s arrest Friday morning in White Center landed ‘most wanted’ fugitive rapist Demarcus Linwood in jail.

Police say that Linwood, 24, is a ‘Level 3’ sex offender, which is considered the worst.

Linwood apparently failed to register as a Sex Offender, and was granted permission to attend a funeral – but he disappeared instead.

He’s already been convicted of raping two girls. Police allege that Linwood befriends teen girls on the bus or around town, gains their trust, then beats and rapes them.

Linwood faces 43 months in jail for failing to register as a sex offender, as well as another 43 months for his previous charge.

WCB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for both Saturday, Aug. 29 and Sunday, Aug. 30 – is a well-kept Blakely Manor rambler!

This home is in move-in condition, and could be just what you’ve been looking for:

3 bedroom, 2 bath home with extra large family room, complete with gas fireplace.

It features wonderful hardwood floors and a spacious kitchen with stainless appliances.

Home has two driveways – one leading to the attached 1-car garage and the second driveway leading to the attached carport.

Level, flat corner lot with garden space and shed.Easy access to everything and easy commute to downtown.

Here are some pics (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):















Here are the details:

WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Open House

WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 29: 1 – 3:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Aug. 30: 1 – 4 p.m.

WHERE: 315 S. 168th Street, Burien, WA 98148 (MAP)


  • List Price: $350,000
  • MLS Number: 839949
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1.5
  • Year Built: 1985
  • House Square Footage: 1,470
  • Lot Square Footage: 7,405

Site Features:

  • Ceiling Fan(s)
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Security System
  • Fenced-Fully
  • Fenced-Partially
  • Outbuildings
  • Patio
  • RV Parking

Marketing remarks:

Well kept Blakely Manor rambler is in move-in ready condition! Just what you’ve been looking for!

3 bedroom, 2 bath home with extra large family room complete with gas fireplace.

Home features wonderful hardwood floors and spacious kitchen with stainless appliances.

Home has two driveways – one leading to the attached 1 car garage and the second driveway leading to the attached carport.

Level, flat corner lot with garden space and shed.

Easy access to everything and easy commute to downtown.

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

Click here to view all of Berkshire Hathaway’s Open Houses, and click here to “Like” them on Facebook.

Poverty Bay Blues & Brews Festival from Olav on Vimeo.

This year, the Rotary Club of Des Moines & Normandy Park will be supporting families impacted by forest fires in Washington with ticket sales for this Saturday’s Poverty Bay Blues and Brews Festival.

Five dollars from every ticket sold between now and Saturday will be donated to the victims of Washington wildfires.


Event organizer Brian Snure said Rotarians usually hope for sun on the festival weekend each year, but when rain appeared in the forecast, it was a welcome sign.

“We’ve all been watching the devastating fires, and we can’t be upset about rain since it is so sorely needed right now in Washington,” Snure said. “We are pleased to be able to make this donation and are confident that many people will come out to attend Blues & Brews in the rain! Folks 21 and older are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, umbrellas and their best pair of beer-drinking shoes.”

The festival will go on – RAIN OR SHINE – this Saturday, Aug. 29 from Noon to 8:00 p.m. at Des Moines Beach Park!

The event will also raise funds for Highline Music4Life, a program that provides musical instruments to children in Highline Public Schools who otherwise couldn’t afford them.

Four world-renowned Seattle-area blues acts will take the stage:

Nineteen local breweries will have craft beer on tap. Hard cider and wine will also be featured. Barbequed tri-tip and other beer-friendly foods will be available for purchase.

Last year’s event saw record breaking attendance, with over 1,600 people from across the Northwest and Canada coming to enjoy world-class blues and dozens of tasty craft brews.

Des Moines Beach Park is located at 22030 Cliff Ave S. in Des Moines (map below):

You can find more information at www.DrinkToMusic.org.




Dan Shaw, who worked as a King County Sheriff’s deputy in White Center for the last 27 years, completed his final service to the community by feeding the homeless.

The Sheriff’s Office hired Shaw in 1988 after he left the US Air Force. Shaw happily worked the vast majority of his career serving the citizens of White Center. On Aug. 23, his last day as a deputy, Shaw bought eight buckets of chicken and all of the sides to feed the homeless in the community where he loved to work.

In a letter to some of his coworkers upon his retirement, Shaw stated:

“Thanks for the many wonderful memories….. especially to all of my cop friends……and to the wonderful dispatchers and call receivers that have their hands and (foot), literally on the heartbeat of patrol……thank you from the bottom of my heart. I wish I could just ramble on about the people that have helped me throughout my career. It is a team and a family that I will miss. If you have any kind thoughts about me in any way, shape, or form, it is because of your partnership with me.“

Deputy Dan Shaw’s call sign was 1-King-12 with the King County Sheriff’s Office, and he was “truly a class act until the end.”

The Sheriff’s Office – and The White Center Blog – wishes Citizen Dan Shaw the absolute best in his retirement.


The 2015 Holy Family Street Fair will be held Saturday, Sept. 12 and Sunday, Sept. 13.

Every year lots of people attend from the White Center, Burien and other adjacent areas and different cultures and styles are represented. There is an entertainment program that includes music and dance performances, karaoke, kid games and more. There are diverse food options and community vendors with interesting and fun things for the whole family.

This event is open for everybody and there is no admission fee.

There will be games, prizes and raffles.

The church is located at 9622 20th Ave SW, and the Fair will be held on 20th Ave SW along the block between Roxbury and SW 98th – the street will be closed for traffic. Vendors will be along the street.

Here’s the schedule:

  • Saturday 09/12: 11:30am to 8pm
  • Sunday 09/13: 9:30am to 4:30pm


Here’s episode #16 of our SoKing News Podcast, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation and the Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation:

Community advocate killed in tragic motorcycle crash; Burien bank robbed; angry Des Moines residents protest methadone clinic; Jack Mayne Commentary; weather forecast & more…

Please subscribe to our Podcast, hear previous episodes and rate us on iTunes here!


The Evergreen Community Aquatic Center has released its Fall schedule.

Registration dates are:

  • SEPTEMBER: 8/21
  • OCTOBER: 9/23
  • NOVEMBER: 10/23

Evergreen Community Aquatic Center is located at 606 SW 116th Street.

To Register, or get more information, visit www.evergreenpool.org.