Category Archives: Kids

Bikeworks Highlighted in ParentMap

Columbia City’s beloved bikeshop and non-profit, Bikeworks, has made the news once again. This time, it’s in ParentMap, with Hillary Benson highlighting the after-school programs Bikeworks runs and the relationships that exist between mentors and participants.

After-School Special: Beyond School and Home, Kinds Need Mentors to Thrive:

Photo: Parentmap

Photo: Parentmap

A look at why building relationships matters in after-school programs

In a classroom of boys, groups of three gather around their bike stands. Some students experiment with wrenches to figure out which kind will loosen frozen bolts on wheels. Others cooperate to remove rusty chains, an important step to get these not so gently used bikes back into working condition.

Instructor Ricardo Rodriguez, aka “Ricky,” walks around the room, slipping easily between Spanish and English as he offers tips. “Who’s ever heard of ‘lefty loosey, righty tighty’?” Today’s class is “All Boys Earn a Bike”; yesterday’s class was for girls only, and there are also coed options. The boys range from 9 years old to high school age; 70 percent are youths of color.

This after-school program at Bike Works, in Seattle’s Columbia City neighborhood, teaches real-life skills, from rebuilding bicycles to building friendships, from the ground up. “We say the bicycle is a tool of freedom,” explains program director Tina Bechler, “but it leads to conversations about opportunities, how the world is changing, bigger issues.” The kids will get to keep a refurbished bike at the end of the eight-week program. And with actively involved alumni — who, until they reach the age of 18, are invited to weekly class drop-ins — relationships are formed. It is a bond that, for many kids, is stronger than those they have at school and maybe even at home…

Click here to read the whole piece.

Vigil Walk (Today!) for Zeytuna: Hit-and-Run Victim

Late notice, but I wanted to get this posted:

Vigil Walk for Zeytuna Edo

photo of Zeytuna with mapZeytuna was walking with her family at Genesee and MLK when she became the victim of a hit and run car collision, leaving her hospitalized with very serious injuries.  Her family and the community have planned a gathering to bring attention to this incident involving Zeytuna and to talk about making our streets safer for all.

DONATE to Zeytuna’s family through

WHEN: Saturday, November 1st 2- 5pm

Speakers will include:

  • Mayor Ed Murray
  • Family Members
  • Community Leaders

WHERE: Start at Columbia City Light Rail Station at Alaska & Martin Luther King. Stop at Genesee & MLK for a healing Vigil. Proceed to the Boys & Girls Club – where Zeytuna & her family were headed when she was struck 4520 Martin Luther King Jr. Way S – for a Solutions Meeting.

– Rainier Valley Greenways- Phyllis Porter 206-695-2522 / 253-545-8567

– Bike Works- Deb Salls 206-695-2607 / 651-231-3629

– Seattle Neighborhood Greenways- Cathy Tuttle 206-713-5869

Crowdfunding Support for Hit-and-Run Victim

Neighbors and friends of Zeytuna, the 2nd grader who is still in serious condition after last week’s hit-and-run on MLK, have put together a crowdfunding page to help support the family and cover medical costsClick here to give what you can. From the description on the page:

Zeytuna, a 2nd grader at Kimball Elementary, was critically injured when a car hit her as she was crossing MLK at f3945503-7746-441f-b027-82812a294f63_profileGenessee this week. She remains at Harborview in serious condition. The doctors are doing everything they can to help her. The family is in awe to hear that the community is so supportive and caring. We have set up this site to help them.

Please give generously and keep Zeytuna and her family in your healing thoughts.

For the original Facebook post announcing the effort, click here.

Project Orca Playground (POP)

Project Orca Playground (POP) has just launched its new website to keep the neighborhood informed about the ongoing efforts to rethink the playground at the school:1477794_227479330758431_1600899763_n

Project Orca Playground (POP) is spearheading the redevelopment of Orca K-8’s school playground and playfield to include more opportunities for play, physical activity, outdoor learning, and community building for the school community and the surrounding neighborhoods.

The POP committee– in partnership with the Orca staff, faculty, and PTSA; the City of Seattle, and Seattle Public Schools– has been working since fall 2012 to realize this vision. The POP Committee has thus far successfully applied for and won two Department of Neighborhoods Small and Simple grants totaling $50,000.  The first grant funded a robust community engagement process facilitated by a professional landscaping firm who worked with the school and surrounding public community to create a design that addresses the needs of all shareholders. The second grant is being used to prepare construction and bid documents for Phase 1 of the project.

It’s a great website, full of designs, info, and ways to get involved. Click here to check it out and find out more. schematic

Sensory Story Time at the Library


Erica, from the Seattle Public Library writes:

In April, the Columbia Branch library will be offering Sensory Story Time every Saturday at 10:15 a.m. Sensory Story Time is a new story time geared for children up to age 10 who have a hard time in large groups, are on the autism spectrum, or are sensitive to sensory overload.

From the library’s info page:

Sensory story times are geared for children ages 10 and under who have a hard time in large groups, are on the autism spectrum, or are sensitive to sensory overload. Our librarians will use preschool-level books, songs and movement during story times.Registration is not required. Sensory story times are first come, first served and limited to 12 families. These story times are not appropriate for day cares.